October 29, 2013

Annual SMFA Art Sale

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Photo by Ron Cowie Photography. Courtesy SMFA.

Experience this celebrated art event, which raises funds for student scholarships.

Since its founding in 1876, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) has been an influential part of Boston’s art scene, producing artists who consistently experiment and evolve, creating culturally and artistically diverse art practices. These innovative artists are the very foundation of the SMFA Art Sale, the School’s celebrated annual art event, which returns November 21–24.

“Not only is the SMFA Art Sale a highly anticipated annual destination for art collectors and enthusiasts, it is also a window into the outstanding work that our artists produce,” says Christopher Bratton, President of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Deputy Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “SMFA graduates are influential artists, both here and abroad, and the Sale—whose proceeds directly benefit students—is a unique opportunity to support the education of these artists before they make their mark in the world at large.”

The Sale’s eclectic mix of media and roster of artists draw visitors back year after year. Hundreds of artists from the SMFA community help to shape the Sale, from students and acclaimed alumni to faculty and affiliated artists. The School’s first-floor space houses the exceptional works up for sale: photographs, paintings, prints and other 2-D works fill the walls alongside displays of sculpture, ceramics, new media, a jewelry counter and much more.

SMFA is dedicated to sustaining the integrity of our students’ experience and education, annually committing more than 6 million USD towards financial aid. The SMFA Art Sale is our largest fundraiser towards this effort. All works are priced by individual artists and sales are split 50/50 between the artists and the School. SMFA’s portion directly supports opportunities, scholarships and resources essential to the education of our next generation of artists.

“The SMFA Art Sale is a wonderful event for people looking for fresh and exciting art for their home,” say Lee Essex Doyle, Dan Elias and Juan Prieto, co-chairs of the Art Sale Committee. “Dedicated collectors also eagerly await the Sale because of its reputation as a venue to find the next great, young artist on the scene. Come explore what SMFA artists have to offer.”

The Museum School Art Sale
Thursday, November 21–Sunday, November 24
Thursday–Saturday, 10am–8pm; Sun, 10am–5pm
Admission to the Sale and all related events is free.

Related Events
November 21, 5–8pm, opening reception

Film + animation screenings and performances will take place throughout the four-day event. Please see our website for more details.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
T +1 617 369 3204

Many thanks to our sponsors:
Stanhope Framers
Horizon Beverages
U.S. Art Co.

About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:
Founded in 1876 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is one of only three art schools in the country affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Our mission is to provide an education in the fine arts—for undergraduate and graduate artists—that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. This education values cultural, artistic and intellectual diversity; it embraces a wide range of media; it stresses the development of individual vision and its relation to culture in general; it values equally the knowledge gained by thinking and doing; it is deeply engaged with the world as a whole. If the mission is constant, its practice is always transforming. For more information about our programs and partnerships, visit

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