Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Annual Art Sale Goes Virtual

Above: Kass Mossefin’s artwork is available at the MCAD Art Sale.

Art is always for sale. You just won’t be able to see it in person until curbside pickup.

To stay safe from COVID, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is going virtual with its popular annual sale of original works by 225 recent students and alumni, viewable from the comfort of your computer or mobile.

The “exhibition” is free and organized as a virtual database of 2,300 searchable artworks by artist, medium, or price ($1 to $1,500). It opens at 8 a.m. Friday and runs until midnight Saturday. But potential buyers can get VIP early access starting Thursday noon by donating $50 or more to the art auction. Visit here: https://mcad.edu/about-mcad/events/art-sale

One of the largest student art sales in the country, the MCAD event has become a place for collectors to find emerging talent. Since its inception in 1997, it has generated over $3 million for emerging artists.

It also gives students the opportunity to learn how to sell and appraise their work to potential buyers, and to connect with the Twin Cities’ wider artistic community. As in past years, 80% of the proceeds go directly to the artists.

This year, students will have the added challenge of learning how to market themselves virtually.

“The MCAD art sale remains a place where students can learn, and students need money during this time,” said Cindy Theis, vice president of institutional advancement at MCAD. “None of that has changed. The only thing that’s changed is that we won’t run into each other in the hallway.

There are 15 categories of artwork, including painting, clothing, furniture, lithography, monotypes and more. Previews are available on the MCAD Instagram and Facebook pages.

MCAD offers curbside pickup for all orders; works cannot be shipped. Only residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin may purchase artwork from the sale.

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