Artist FAQs


Are there upfront fees? 
There is no fee to list your work. Our commission is 30% of work sold. Artists receive 70%, minus the payment gateway's 3% processing fee. Artists receive 80% if the sale is made due to a referral link on your website within 365 days.

When will I be paid?
Artists are paid approximately 30 days after the order is placed. We need to wait until the return and refund period has passed before forwarding payment.

Are there pricing guidelines?
Price your artwork to include shipping expenses, which are included in the quoted price. Prices should not be higher than found elsewhere online for your work, including your own website.

Do you need exclusive rights to posted work?
No. We do expect you to diligently remove works posted here that are no longer available. Failure to do this may result in docking your account for $50.

Do I have to pack and ship the work myself?
Yes. All artwork must be packed in bubble-wrap and cardboard boxes, then shipped via FedEx, UPS or USPS. More fragile pieces must be double-boxed, and large paintings should be crated. Jewelry should be sent in a gift box and double-boxed. See our Packing & Shipping Guidelines.

Will I be asked  to ship outside the U.S.?
Prices include shipping within the U.S. The buyer is instructed to contact us for a international shipping quote.

Should paintings be framed or unframed?
It is preferable to sell and ship the work unframed. The packing is easier, there is less chance of damage in shipping, and customers can then choose their own frame. If you have a body of framed work you wish to offer for sale, you can still post it—mark it as 'Framed' in the title/materials/dimensions area.

What size images should I use?
Our layout displays large images beautifully, and you are encouraged to take advantage of this. We suggest using images 900 pixels high at 72 ppi. Don't uprez a smaller file to achieve this or you will see pixillation. Always start from a file captured at a larger dimensions and downsize.

How do I build my gallery and track sales?
Your dashboard has all the tools needed to upload images, describe and price the artwork, view orders, mark them shipped, etc.

How do I know when artwork has been sold?
After your work is sold, you will receive an email with all the information needed to proceed with packing and shipping. We expect the artwork to be marked as 'shipped' in your dashboard within five days of the order being placed.

How do you choose the artists?
We look for work that fits in with the look and feel of the gallery. Many artists selling their work here have participated in our annual book. Published since 2004 (originally as American Art Collector and retitled American Artwork), the book is juried by California College of the Arts painting instructor Howard Eige and Oakland gallery owner Jan Christensen-Heller.

How do I apply to sell my work?
To apply, use our Artist Submission Form. Forms sent in by the 20th of each month are reviewed and notices sent out by the 1st of the following month.

Where should I direct further questions?
Please review the Artist Agreement, and email any questions or concerns to artists@americanartwork.net.

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