For one week, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design will fill a campus lobby with thousands of works of art and artisan goods and open it to the public, allowing customers to browse and buy paintings, jewelry, and prints while also supporting local artists.
The college will hold its annual MassArt Made Spring Sale during the first week of May, featuring work exclusively from the school’s students and alumni. Elizabeth DiCicco, the director of student activities and programs at MassArt, started the spring sale 20 years ago. Twelve years before that, she started the holiday sale in December.
“The sale runs the gamut from little tiny $1 pins to $1,500 paintings,” she said. “You never know what you’re gonna pick up, but people always find something.”
The sale will include nearly 20,000 works, including ceramics, jewelry, photos, paintings, and other artisan crafts. Artists are current students, recent graduates, and MassArt alumni who have been active in the art world for more than 40 years.
Kody Kirkland, a junior studying photography at MassArt, will showcase between 10 and 20 photos at the sale. He’s participated in the past, and said the event serves as a way to connect artists with buyers and establish relationships.
“It helps me kind of start a small network,” he said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for all students and people from the community.”
Kirkland also said that the sale is one of the only times of the year when the breadth of work from the school’s artists can be seen in one place.
“You don’t always get to see what [everyone] is working on,” he said. “It’s all just one big community. Making money with each other supporting each other, which is pretty cool.”
Preview work from the sale below:
The MassArt Made Spring Sale takes place in the college’s Tower Building at 621 Huntington Ave. and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 1-7. Sixty-five percent of the proceeds go directly to the artists, while the other portion of the profit fund the event. For more information, visit massart.edu.