The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Art Sale is a nationally renowned see-and-be-seen event and the largest college art sale in the country. Going on 17 years, this high-profile show attracts in-the-know art buyers, some who fly in specifically to attend the unique two-night, one-day annual event, always held the weekend before Thanksgiving.
The diverse inventory features works for sale by more than 400 student artists and recent alums; the quality of the pieces and the affordable prices are the main reasons for the event’s continued success. Nothing costs more than $1,500, and most items go for just a fraction of that. The artwork comes in all flavors, styles and sizes, from tiny cartoons to gigantic oil paintings. Once something sells, the space is immediately refilled with new pieces for a nearly endless array of buying possibilities.
Ticket prices come in all sizes, too. Thursday’s opening night tickets will set you back $150, but include first crack at the best work for sale, plus drinks, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking. Friday night tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door with a $5 valet fee. Free-admission Saturday is family day, highlighting reduced prices and art-related activities for the kids from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.