If you’re looking to start an art collection, expand one, or simply pretty up your home with original artwork, get to a computer and grab your credit card. The online bidding portion of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s prestigious annual auction starts today. The auction is celebrating its 26th year, and remains one of the most anticipated art events in New England.
The MassArt Auction has grown in scope, culminating in commissions, online previews, and online bidding, and will have silent and live auctions on April 11, 2015. It is one of the largest visual art auctions in New England and a destination for collectors seeking to purchase artwork, while also supporting the college. Proceeds of the MassArt Auction provide vital scholarship aid and academic program support.
The live and silent auctions will feature a selection of over 600 of the finest artworks and commissions by gifted emerging artists and nationally acclaimed art legends, many of whom studied at and graduated from MassArt. This year’s auction will feature three one-of-a-kind commissions by William Wegman, Jeury Rosario, and Rachel Perry Welty. Each spring, the MassArt Auction draws a crowd of more than 700 collectors and art enthusiasts seeking to view and purchase exceptional contemporary art, while supporting the next generation of artists and designers at MassArt.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, or MassArt, is the nation’s only independent public college of art and design. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership and was the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The college offers a comprehensive range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees in art and design, all taught by world-class faculty, along with continuing education and youth programs designed to encourage individual creativity. Whether at home in Boston or on the other side of the globe, the artists and designers of MassArt are dedicated to making a difference in their communities and around the world.
Online bidding for MassArt’s 26th Annual Benefit Art Auction opens today, March 27, at noon EST and continues until noon EST on April 10. All online bids will transfer to the live event on April 11 at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries at MassArt in Boston.
The winner of this once-in-a-lifetime commission will travel to New York and meet William Wegman ’65 (and his Weimaraners) in his New York City studio and have his/her portrait taken. Choose to pose with your dogs, Wegman’s Weimaraners, or both. William Wegman received a B.F.A. in painting from MassArt and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, in 1967. In the 1970s, Wegman got his first Weimaraner, Man Ray, with whom he began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray became a central figure in Wegman’s photographs and videotapes, and was the catalyst for a long and successful career. Wegman’s artworks are included in such collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The commission value is $18,000, which includes one printed digital image.
Stephanie Chubbuck received a BFA in sculptural glass and fine metalsmithing from MassArt and attended Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. Her work was recently exhibited at the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Corning Museum, and Worcester Center for Crafts. She received the Niche Award, the Peter McCollum Prize, and a grant from Arts Worcester and is a 2015 Massachusetts Council Fellow. Her work is in the collections of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fidelity Collection, the White House Collection, Simon Corporation Collection, and the Hyatt Regency. She completed a residency at the Worcester Center for Crafts.
Frank Criscione received a BFA in industrial design from MassArt and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts John Renna Arts Scholarship. His work has been featured at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.