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The One Thing

Art for students’ sake

Kristin Texeira’s“birthday surprise on the Sienne, 2015.’’
Kristin Texeira’s“birthday surprise on the Sienne, 2015.’’

Not only is Massachusetts College of Art and Design the first institution of higher education in the nation to grant an artistic degree, it is the country’s only publicly funded college devoted solely to art. This year’s auction fund-raiser, on Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., includes more than 300 works, including pieces by emerging artists with starting bids just over $100 to those by international art stars Takashi Murakami, Shepard Fairey, and Julian Opie. Tickets are sold out, but you can look at the works or bid online at Paddle8. Pictured: Kristin Texeira’s “birthday surprise on the Sienne, 2015.’’ MassArt Auction, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, 617-879-7014, massartauction.org