Dear MCAD Students,
I am writing to introduce myself and share some exciting news: MCAD Art Sale will take place fully online! With so much uncertainty about what the fall holds, this approach ensures we can prioritize health and safety while still offering this crucial professional development opportunity that so many of you rely on. My name is Grace Olson '19, MFA, and I joined the Institutional Advancement team this spring as the Events and Special Projects Coordinator. I am excited to be your primary point of contact and resource during the Art Sale.
We will all have to adapt as this event moves to an online platform. We want you to be successful in selling work, and I will be in communication throughout the fall with suggestions, opportunities to learn from others, and updates. As you start creating work, here are some things to consider:
You can submit up to 15 pieces of original work. The number is reduced due to the amount an online platform can handle. Information on the possibility of restocking or multiple quantities per submission will be shared soon.
Examine what sells online and study the images that successful sellers post. Enticing, high-quality visuals will be needed to sell your work. Concerned about this? We will be offering support and guides on how to best photograph your creations. Also, be prepared to share details with online buyers such as size, medium, why you loved making it, etc.
More information on MCAD Art Sale Online is coming! Best practices and registration will be shared in the weeks ahead, as well as information on how to submit work for those who are learning remotely with us this semester.
We heard you
Thank you to those who completed our survey. Some important feedback we received centered around art handling, visibility for film, animation, multimedia, and comic students, and inclusive promotion. Please know we value this information and have shared it with MCAD team members.
To answer a few of the most frequently asked questions:
The MCAD Art Sale was created twenty-three years ago to support the professional development for emerging artists. The goal has not changed.
Inclusion for All Areas of Study
We see your work evolving, and understand this does not always fit the standard Art Sale model. It is important to us that the MCAD Art Sale continues to grow with you. This year we will amplify the digital platform to serve as a portfolio for our moving image and multimedia students through a digital showcase. We will continue to expand on these offerings as we move back to an in-person model.
The MCAD Art Sale is a professional development, student-focused event. MCAD does not financially profit from this community gathering. The 20% from art sales and tickets go towards the event's operational costs (temporary wages, equipment, promotion/marketing, printing, and more); any additional funds go directly into The MCAD Art Sale scholarship fund, which awards on average 15-20 students annually.
We are excited to bring the event online this year for a greater audience reach and to explore new opportunities! Thank you for joining us in the MCAD Art Sale Online; it can not be successful without the talents of each and every one of you.
As we all work through this together, please know things will change as we learn. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Watch your emails for further information and details on upcoming Q & A sessions. Please reach out to me with questions and concerns.
Let's do this!
Events and Special Projects Coordinator, Institutional Advancement