Competitions & Contests

2022 SMFA Art Sale - Student - Call for Art

Entry Dates 2022-05-27T23:59:00 - 2022-04-01T00:01:00 2 Days Left


Welcome to the 2022 SMFA Call for Art!
Important Dates:

Submissions: April 15-May 27, 2022

Notification of Selection: June 22, 2022

Artwork Drop off: October 23 3-8pm, and 24, 2022

VIP Pre-sale and Public Sale: October 27 - November 5, 2022

Notification of Sold Artwork: November 7, 2022

When are you accepting submissions? 
SMFA Art Sale submissions will be accepted from April 15 - May 27, 2022. We recommend starting your application as soon as possible. You can edit your submissions until midnight on May 27th.
Is there a fee for submission?
No. Registration for the SMFA Art Sale is free for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.
How many pieces may I submit for consideration?
Artists may submit up to three (3) artworks for consideration by our jury. Please keep in mind that it is difficult for us to accommodate large scale pieces that exceed 48 inches in height or width. Extremely fragile works and those that require intricate installations will not be considered.
How is the artwork selected?
All selections will go before an esteemed jury of art experts. 
How should I document my work?
High-quality images will be essential to the selection and sale process. Images should be high resolution, at least 1200 pixels tall and 1200 pixels wide. Images between 1-2MB in size are preferred. Please spend time to achieve consistent lighting and be sure the piece is shown without background distractions. Artists should plan to submit three (3) images for each work: the first image should be cropped to depict the piece in its entirety (no people, backgrounds, walls, or furniture), the second image should be a detail shot that shows surface texture, the third image should be an installation shot that shows scale.

Does my artwork need to be framed? 
As all accepted artwork will be physically present at the SMFA this year for in-person viewing, all 2D work must be dropped off "ready to hang," i.e. framed or on canvas/panel with a hanging mechanism (D-rings or wire) on the back. Picture hanging wire is preferred. SMFA will not be able to frame or install hardware onsite. 
When will I be notified if my submitted artwork was accepted? 
All artists will be notified via email whether their artwork was accepted by June 22, 2022. Please do not contact SMFA directly about your acceptance prior to that date.

Do accepted artists receive a portion of the artwork sale?
The SMFA Art Sale is the school’s largest fundraising event, which benefits student scholarships and academic programs. We encourage everyone to consider giving 100% of their proceeds to the school so that we can create opportunities for talented emerging artists to experience all that SMFA at Tufts has to offer. For those that wish to receive a percentage of their artwork sale, we offer the option to receive 50% or 25% of the sale proceeds.
Are there any fees artists should know about?
No. Since the art sale is taking place in person there are no online transaction fees this year. 
How will images of my artwork(s) be used? 
Artwork will be used to promote the SMFA Art Sale and affiliated events. Participating artists grant the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts perpetual, royalty-free, nonexclusive license to use, without limitation, any artwork or related image to promote the school and associated events and programs.  
When do I drop off my artwork? 
ARTISTS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO DELIVER ARTWORKS OCTOBER 23 3-8pm, and 24 2022. To accommodate physical distancing practices, each artist will have a scheduled time slot for delivery. Works must be hand-delivered in-person or via a professional shipping company to SMFA.
Out of state artists may ship artwork to the school (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.). Shipped artwork is DUE BY OCTOBER 24, 2022. *Shipment of artwork must be made at the expense and liability of the participating artist. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts will not pay for artwork to be shipped.
Please address to:
SMFA Art Sale
c/o David Thacker, Exhibitions Manager
230 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
When will I be notified if my artwork sold? 
All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by November 7, 2022.
More Questions?  
Contact the SMFA Art Sale Team