So, You've Been Asked to Donate Your Artwork...
As an arts organization whose mission, in part, is to advocate for artists, and raise the community's awareness of the value they bring to a community, we need to let people know about a dilemma artists face. Artists are often asked to donate their time and talents to various initiatives. Although flattering, it is often hard for artists to say "no" to these requests. Part of our job is to step in when requests like this are made (and they are made frequently!). Although we cringe at the phrase "Starving Artist", it is no secret that artists face many challenges while trying to support themselves. (Think of them, rather, as the ultimate non- profit!)
When a patron purchases a piece of artwork at a fundraising event, they can claim the entire purchase price as a charitable deduction.
However, when you, as an artist donates a piece of artwork, you cannot claim the retail price of it as charitable contribution. An artist can only claim the cost of the materials, which normally is a fraction of the price of the finished artwork.
A piece of art is different than say a vacation, or a spa visit, or donation of that kind. Artwork has an intrinsic value, especially portraits, a deeper value than say a golf package.
We are also artists here at the Arts Council and have donated. However, we have come to realize that many of the people that attend these events expect to get a “deal,” to be able to purchase artwork at less than market value. This devalues the artwork and it is extremely unfair to any clients who have paid full price for the work.
We are not suggesting that artists never be asked to help in a charity event. Sometimes donating work is the only way artists can afford to support non-profits. Perhaps a better approach is to suggest that the organization share in the proceeds of an event. 50% to the artist & 50% to the organization.
Here are guidelines that enable artists to donate artwork at less than retail cost. These requirements also help us reduce losses since current U.S. tax laws are unfavorable to artist donations.
Please consider that by offering these terms for all artist donations, your organization will: Attract top quality, high value artwork; and over time, will become known as the go-to-organization for unique and valuable art.
THE LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL
Art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon for over a century. In 1961 Hackley Park became the center for a large scale art and craft show known as Muskegon Art in the Park.
In 2013, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce took the local Art in the Park event to the next level with the creation of the Lakeshore Art Festival!
INTERESTED IN BEING INVOLVED OR PARTICIPATING?
There are plenty of ways to get involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival. Fill out of form on our Get Involved section for more information.
29th Annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition at Lowell Arts: Call for Entries!
$2000 in cash prizes
Lowell Arts is accepting entries on February 19, 20 & 21. Find the official entry form and more details at www.lowellartsmi.org.
"Fusion" National Juried Exhibition 2015
Call for submission at Arc Gallery
DEADLINE: February 22nd, 2015
DESCRIPTION: Mix it UP! Fusion is the binding of two or more things into something new that possesses properties of both, incorporating different styles, ideas and designs. In a world where boundaries don't exist and technology provides the ability to connect globally, we can create collaborations and build connections that were impossible in the past. Through creative energy, the fusion of ideas can create new forms, blending cultures, colors, ideas, shapes, designs and intent. Fusion can be the melding of art and science, the conscious and unconscious, the tangible and intangible.
Arc is seeking artwork that expresses Fusion. Show us what Fusion means to you.
Call for Artists to exhibit at the Kalamazoo Nature Center!
Help connect people with nature through art! Local and regional artists are invited to submit their nature related two-dimensional, artwork for review.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. Located on 1100 acres, KNC is just five miles north of downtown Kalamazoo and offers a variety of nature related activities and programs for all ages. A highlight on the property is the main Visitor Center, which houses many educational exhibits, live animal displays and a 1300 square foot gallery, which acts as a space for artists to exhibit nature-related artwork. The Glen Vista Gallery is a space where visitors are inspired by the art on the walls and the beauty of the forest beyond the windows. Currently, we are looking for artists to fill 8 week periods for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Sales at the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Glen Vista Gallery are encouraged but not required. All work is sold on consignment. The Kalamazoo Nature Center retains 20% of the sale price. The artist receives 80% of the sale price.
Artists shall submit an initial portfolio of 5 images for review. Works submitted must be representational of the art for the exhibition. Email high quality JPEGs (preferred), send a CD, or photos. Written explanations of work are welcomed. If you would be interested in offering or helping to teach a class or workshop for the public that relates to your art please let us know.
Submissions can be made via e-mail OR by post (please DO NOT send original artwork):
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Attn: Rebecca Brand, Glen Vista Gallery Coordinator
7000 North Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
The Kalamazoo Nature Center reserves the right to refuse to display an artist’s work which does not fit with the mission of “Connecting People with Nature” or meet Gallery Submission Guidelines:
The submitted works must be genuinely those of the submitting artist.
If work is submitted by an agent it must be done with the expressed permission of the artist.
No artwork that would be inappropriate for children’s eyes will be accepted for display.
Submission deadline is January 31, 2015. A committee meets periodically to evaluate art submissions and determine appropriateness for the gallery.
For more information please contact Rebecca Brand at 269.381.1574 x 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in submitting your work for a future exhibition at the Holland Area Arts Council? Click on the button below for information and a submission form.