Annual MCAD art show is bigger than ever

Artwork by Ryan Hughes

Artwork by Ryan Hughes

One of the largest fine-art sales in the Midwest takes place right here in Minnesota at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This November marks its 13th year, and it's the biggest show yet with over 6,000 original pieces of art for sale.

The first and second floors of MCAD's Main Building will be filled with sculptures, photographs, jewelry, and paintings of all sizes; every piece will be under $1,000, but the average price for artwork will be less than $100. Original artwork at these prices will surely fly off the gallery walls.


Not to worry though, this year's students and freelance installers are ensuring that the walls stay covered in art. They'll certainly have their work cut out for them -- there are 220 alumni and 220 students contributing this year; up 50 percent from last year.

Lars Mason, director of academic services at MCAD, and late provost Andrea Nasset, started the annual sale 13 years ago. Since then, the event has generated over one million dollars for artists and scholarship funds.

The MCAD annual art sale begins Thursday, November 18 and runs through Saturday, November 20 on the school's campus (2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis). Art will be available for sale each day of the event.

If you go:


Preview Party Thursday, November 18, 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $150 Featuring complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and valet parking.

Opening Night Friday, November 19, 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Also with a cash bar. Valet parking is $5.

Open Sale Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free admission.

For further information, visit MCAD and check out the slide show preview of work that will be for sale.