NAGA Artists in the MassArt Auction

MassArt Auction 2022
Mar 21 – April 10
MassArt’s Design and Media Center

The world has seen a lot of change recently, and MassArt and the Auction are no exception. The MassArt community has come together throughout the pandemic to ensure a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment where our students can continue to learn, make, and grow. During that time, the MassArt Auction has continued to raise critical funds for student scholarships and academic programming to support our students when they need it most. Last year marked the seventh year in a row that the Auction raised over $1 million dollars!

Building upon the successes of the all-virtual Auctions of the past two years, we’re excited to do it all again for the 2022 MassArt Auction. We look forward to gathering again as we celebrate the 33rd year of this highly-anticipated Boston tradition! We plan to hold this year’s Live Auction event on April 9, 2022 in the Design and Media Center at MassArt. Rest assured that the health and safety of our community members are important to us. Our team will be closely monitoring all pandemic related updates, following MassArt’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures, and making adjustments to our strategy and process as necessary as we move forward.

The proceeds of the MassArt Auction provide vital scholarship aid and academic program support for our deserving students. MassArt is the nation’s only independent public college of art and design and is dedicated to providing an exceptional and affordable education for the next generation of artists and designers. The Auction team has been hard at work, coming up with innovative new ideas to bring to life the Auction we all know and love, on campus and beyond. We hope you join us in making Auction 2022 the best yet!

Gallery NAGA Artists:

Desimaginarse Nuestro 3, 2021
Acrylic, polyurethane, carbon fiber, optical material, MDF, frosted acrylic, 27.5″ x 32″ x 4.2″

Juan José Barboza-Gubo received his Bachelor’s degree at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He has received two MFA degrees, one in painting and one in sculpture, both from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he is now an Associate Professor of Studio Foundation. He has had numerous exhibitions including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, Peru; Fitchburg Art Museum; the Attleboro Arts Museum; Brattleboro Museum and Art Center; and many more. His work has been featured internationally in galleries and museums in Tokyo, Athens, Italy and Peru. Juan José Barboza-Gubo is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston, MA.



0010 untitled, 2021
Flashe and acrylic on paper, 22.5″ x 22.5″

Sophia Ainslie was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has studied and worked in Boston since 1998. Ainslie is interested in forming a space that reflects the relationship between the body and landscape as interconnected and parallel experiences. Ainslie lectures at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts in 2001. Ainslie is a recipient of the Ann and Graham Gund award and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Sophia Ainslie is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston, MA.



photograph by Mary Kocol

Nasturtiums from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2018, Edition AP of 12
Archival inkjet print, 34.5″ x 23″

Mary Kocol’s work draws upon themes of the garden, landscape, and the seasons. Kocol’s Welcomed Enigma series is a contemplative examination of the garden as a timeless place to dwell, refresh, and reflect upon the profound beauty of plants. Here, the plant material was arranged on a glass scanner bed. The scanner’s beam provided even illumination, capturing the objects as they lay on the glass. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She’s a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Council grants. Mary Kocol is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston, MA.



Piscataqua River, New Hampshire, 2019

Oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″

Rick Fox, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MFA) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BFA), studied with George Nick, a longtime realist painter and mentor to many painters in New England. Fox’s work began as a response to his environment by portraying his surroundings with honest detail. Fox likes Cezanne’s approach, remarking, “In order to create honesty you need to embrace the flatness of the surface. I’m experimenting with how much I can simplify the shapes but with the goal of trying to use flatness to get more volume and illusion.” In that simplification, suddenly new opportunities arise to organize and push color. Rick Fox is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston, MA.



Live Auction | MassArt’s Design and Media Center | Doors open at 6:30 PM
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM

Livestream with Auctioneer Karen M. Keane, MassArt Trustee & CEO, Skinner Inc. on Bidsquare
Live Auction items will be available for online viewing and bidding on Bidsquare three weeks ahead of time, beginning on Monday, March 21 at 12:00 PM EST.

Virtual Silent Auction | Bidsquare
Monday, March 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM – Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM
All Silent Auction items will be available for online viewing and bidding starting three weeks ahead of the Live Auction and ending the day after the Live Auction; Silent Auction items will be available for purchase at 150% of value via a new “Buy Now” feature available until Friday, April 8 at 12:00 PM EST (48 hours prior to the close of the Silent Auction).

Opening Reception | MassArt’s Design and Media Center
Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Celebration for participating Auction artists, sponsors, and gallery partners sponsored by Twin Focus.


More information about the auction here.