Build a successful art business

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Showable Art wants everyone to succeed. Here is a curated list of art business resources to help you learn where to sell and buy art, how to promote yourself, and what tools will keep you organized.

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Alamy is a massive stock photo and video library based in London with offices worldwide. As Alamy is an un-edited library, they don’t accept/reject work based on style, theme, or content. Getting accepted onto their roster is comparatively easy as long as your work meets their basic technical requirements.

Arcangel Images is one of the premier go-to photo agencies for book cover imagery. They are based in Málaga Spain with offices in Paris, London, and New York. Arcangel’s library is tightly edited to their specific market, so getting work accepted can be challenging.

Artfinder, based in the UK, champions independent artists around the world to help them make a living from their craft. Art collectors and enthusiasts can purchase authentic, affordable art directly from the artist. Artists can set up their own store on Artfinder, where they have control over pricing and inventory. There is a thorough application review process for sellers to be accepted into Artfinder. Sign up for the Artfinder email list and receive 10% off your first purchase.

Artsy is an online art brokerage working with art galleries, art fairs, and art auctions to sell fine art. Art collectors can bid in an auction-style purchase or use the “buy now” option.

Fine Art America is a large online art marketplace providing print-on-demand services. Buyers can browse millions of images from living artists and purchase the images as wall art, decor, and more. Fine Art America also provides artists with convenient sales and marketing tools.

Imagekind is an online gallery featuring images by emerging and independent artists. Art enthusiasts can purchase quality giclee prints of original artworks. A large selection of framing options is also available.

Indiewalls places art in commercial spaces. Working with interior designers, hotel brands, and tech companies, Indiewalls helps commercial projects purchase artwork from independent artists. Be aware that the timeline for these types of projects can be quite long, taking many months from the initial inquiry to the actual purchase.

Minted is an online marketplace and community of independent artists. The company hosts design challenges where website visitors vote for their favorite entries. Minted then produces the winning work as wall art, décor, or stationery products to sell to consumers. The artist/designer receives a portion of the sales.

SaatchiArt holds an unparalleled selection of art by artists at all levels and from all corners of the world. They facilitate the entire sale/purchase transaction and provide detailed shipping instructions. Payment to the artist is very prompt following the sale and return period. SaatchiArt also provides art advisory and curation services.

Society6 With a bent towards wall art and decor items, Society6 sells everything from minimalist art to original photography. You can find something for every place in your home or office at an affordable price.

Sotheby’s is a trusted marketplace for buying and selling art and other luxury items. They offer digital and physical shopping, plus private sales.

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Marketing, Promoting & organizing your art

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Artwork Archive provides artists, collectors, and organizations with a rich assortment of online tools to manage their artwork, career, or collections. The inventory management tool is very useful for artists (no more cumbersome spreadsheets), and the art business resources are most helpful.

Blurb is a self-publishing site that makes it easy to design, print, and sell high-quality books and magazines. The production run can be just one book or thousands. They provide extensive options for bindings, templates, page stock, and sizes. Many artists use short-run books from Blurb as promotional materials at art shows or leave-behind items at client presentations.

MOO produces high-design, high-quality marketing materials. Stock up on MOO’s Luxe business cards for your next art show to create a first-class impression. If you are a gallery, art show producer, or other business that requires high-volume printing, join MOO’s business services program. You’ll get preferred pricing and an ordering platform dedicated to the needs of businesses.

The Abundant Artist (TAA), with Cory Huff, has been helping artists sell art online since 2009.

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