Competitions & Contests

SMFA Art Sale

Entry Dates 2020-08-31T23:59:00 - 2020-08-01T00:01:00 19 Days Left


The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University thanks you for submitting artwork for consideration in the SMFA Art Sale. All artwork will be sold online this year and will be juried by an esteemed group of art experts, including Shinique Smith, Akili Tommasino, Nina Johnson.

Submissions from SMFA alumni, faculty, staff and friends will be accepted between August 5 – August 31.

Please note, current SMFA students will have a seperate submission and jury process. Information will be emailed out on August 15. Please stay tuned for guidlines.

Submissions dates: August 5 - August 31 at 11:59 pm EST
Notification of selection: September 30
Online Sale: November 5 – 18, 2020
Notification of sold artwork: November 23, 2020
Sold artwork delivery: December 1-4. Sold work must be received at 230 Fenway between December 1-4.

Watch this quick video to learn about the submission process. Please note there is no fee for applying to the SMFA Art Sale and each artist may submit up to three (3) pieces for consideration.

When are you accepting submissions?
SMFA Art Sale submissions will be accepted from August 5, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Submissions are collected here: We recommend starting your application early. You can edit your submissions until 11:59 pm on August 31.
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 60 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. Works will be rated on the quality of work and salability.
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 1-4MB 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.
I never attended SMFA. May I still submit artwork?
The SMFA Art Sale is limited to artists with known affiliations to the school. It is not required that you graduated from a degree program; taking a class, serving as a visiting artist or lecturer, or having been awarded the SMFA Medal or other distinction all qualify.
I am a current SMFA student. May I participate? 
Yes, SMFA students will have their own registration and jury process, which will take place in September. All current SMFA students are encouraged to participate in the SMFA Art Sale. More information on submission details and the student jury will be sent to SMFA students after the start of the academic term.
Does my artwork need to be framed?
No, works do not need to be framed.
How do I need to prepare my sold work for delivery?
If sold, works on paper, such as drawings, photographs, and prints will be shrink-wrapped by SMFA staff. Please bring your work protected between cardboard and glycine. Framed works and those on canvas should be delivered “ready to hang” with a hanging mechanism (D-rings or wire) on the back.
When will I be notified if my submitted artwork was accepted?
All artists will be notified via email whether their artwork was accepted by September 30, 2020. 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 continue to provide an excellent education to all deserving students. For those that wish to receive a percentage of their artwork sale, we offer the option to receive 50% or 25% of their sale proceeds.

Please note, the online sales platform charges a three percent (3%) transaction fee on each sale, which will be shared by the artist and the school. For example, if a work sells for $1,000.00, assuming the artist elects to donate fifty percent (50%) of the sale proceeds, the artist will receive proceeds in the amount of $485.00 ($500.00 sale proceeds, minus a $15.00 transaction fee.)
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 SOLD ARTWORKS DECEMBER 1 – 4. To accommodate physical distancing practices, each artist will have a scheduled timeslot for delivery. Works must be hand-delivered in-person or via a professional shipping company to SMFA.
Out of state artists may ship sold artwork to the school (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.). SHIPPED ARTWORK IS DUE BY DECEMBER 1, 2020. *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
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 23, 2020. 
How do I price my work?
All works are priced by the artist. Appropriate pricing is an essential and often difficult facet of selling your work. We ask you consider fair market norms when setting your prices. If you have not sold work before, we encourage you to keep your prices low. SMFA staff reserve the right to disqualify submissions if it is inappropriately priced. If you would like to speak with someone regarding pricing, contact
I am an international artist. May I submit to the Sale?
Yes, all artists, regardless of where they are from, may participate in the art sale.
More Questions?
Contact Amber Nicodemus, SMFA Art Sale registrar, at or 719-271-9627