Last year an Untitled painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for more than $57 million, so it’s no surprise that collecting art can seem cost prohibitive to many. Not so! The NC State Student Art Sale offers locals an opportunity to own works by up-and-coming talents for $400 or less.
The sale, which has a pop-up gallery feel to it, offers students an opportunity to showcase their best works, and they receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale. “It’s so rewarding to witness the students, many whom are selling their work for the first time, learn how the art selling process works, and, even more rewarding, to give them a check if their work is purchased,” says Amy Sawyers-Williams, coordinator of arts outreach at NC State.
Each year, the university purchases two to three works for the permanent collection on display in the Talley and Witherspoon Student Centers on campus. “We want the student art sale to be a chance for any student on campus who creates visual art to have the opportunity to be recognized for their work,” she adds.