Frequently Asked Questions
What is sold at the Montserrat Art Sale?
Original small artworks by current Montserrat College of Art students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Montserrat. Expect to find paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, jewelry, sculptures, and more!
What forms of payment are accepted at the Montserrat Art Sale?
We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
How are the profits from the Montserrat Art Sale used?
Up to 50% percent of the proceeds will be awarded directly to the artists. All additional proceeds from the event are dedicated to student scholarship to benefit current students in the form of tuition assistance.
What is the price range of the artwork?
All artwork will be priced to sell. Prices will not exceed $500.
Who should attend the sale?
Everyone is welcome — serious collectors who know what they’re looking for, browsers who are interested in seeing what Montserrat is all about, and shoppers who are eager to get a jump on holiday shopping.
Can anyone attend, even children?
Of course! Admission is free on the weekend and there is a lot to see. Families are also welcome at the Friday evening ticketed event, but keep in mind that everyone, except infants, needs a ticket ($100).
How many students attend Montserrat?
Around 400 students are currently enrolled in Montserrat’s academic programs.
Does Montserrat offer any other community events during the year?
Montserrat offers free visiting artist lectures and gallery exhibitions all year long. The college also offers continuing education classes for adults and summer programs for teens and children.
What sort of work may I submit?
We will accept paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, jewelry, sculptures and more. The work must be 20” x 20” or smaller. Sculptures can be no larger than 20” x 20” x 20”. Please note: we are unable to accept any work intended for hanging if it is not properly framed or wired. All works, including oil paintings, must be dry. The Montserrat Gallery staff reserves the right to refuse any works deemed too fragile, hazardous, or inappropriate to display, or if the dimensions exceed 20” x 20” (framed), or if the price exceeds $500.
All works must be “exhibition ready,” meaning ready to hang. Framed artwork is preferred, and framing will not be provided by the college. Matted and shrink-wrapped works on paper and photographs are acceptable.
How do I submit my artwork?
Please complete our online submission form, here. You may submit 1-5 pieces for review, and final selections for the sale will be made by the gallery team.
How do I know if my work has been accepted?
The Gallery will let you know about accepted artwork by November 1, 2017.
Artwork drop-off will be held between Nov. 4–6 as follows:
Saturday and Sunday, 12–5pm
Please drop your accepted piece(s) at the 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.
All work must be clearly labeled with your name and the title of your piece.
Work will not be accepted after November 6.
If you prefer to mail your artwork, please allow enough time for it to arrive no later than November 6.
Please mail work to:
Montserrat College of Art
Attn: Nathan Lewis
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Mailed work must be clearly labeled with your name and the title of your piece. Montserrat is not responsible for return shipping.
How do I price my work?
All works at the Art Sale are priced by the artist. Your piece(s) may be any price up to $500. Please be realistic and reasonable when setting your prices. If your work is priced too high, it may not sell. If you have never sold work before, or would simply like to speak with someone regarding pricing, please contact Kevin Lucey, at email@example.com.
Work must be exhibition ready. What does that mean?
Please make sure the finished product is well executed and that the piece can withstand being handled by staff and Art Sale visitors. Works on paper and photographs can be shrink-wrapped. We recommend using foam core board as a backing for all shrink-wrapped works. Corrugated cardboard is not acceptable. The Gallery will have a shrink-wrap machine if you’d like our help securing your work.
Do I have to pay taxes on the sale of my artwork(s)?
Yes. By selling your artwork in Montserrat Art Sale you are obligated to pay all statutory-mandated taxes required by State and Federal laws that apply to the self-employed for any amount paid to them for the sale of their work.
What if I donate my work at 100%? Is my donation tax deductible?
Montserrat College of Art is a nonprofit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible.
How do I know if my work has sold?
By Tuesday, November 21, Gallery staff will inventory works and contact you regarding which work has sold and which work may be available for pick-up.
When can I pick up unsold work?
Unsold work must be picked up in the Gallery Office (24 Essex Street), November 29 – December 1, 9:00am–5:00pm. Evening, weekend, or alternative options may be arranged; contact Kevin Lucey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
When should I expect my check?
You should expect to receive a check approximately 30 days after pick-up ends. We will send you a link to a W9 form if your work is sold. All checks will be mailed to the address provided on your W9.
Will I receive a list of who has purchased my work?
If buyers provided their names and email addresses, we will forward that information to you.