Call For Artists
Call for Artists: Art Print Express Website
Kansas artists are invited to submit their work for review in order to be selected for publishing their two dimensional work on the new Art Print Express fine art giclée print website. The website is scheduled to go online April 2, 2012 and we would like to have Kansas artists’ work available for the opening, however this initial call will remain open through June 15, 2012. With our easy-to-use ordering process and state-of-the-art printing equipment, Print-on-Demand is an easy way for you to turn your original art into affordable prints, without an excessive and expensive investment in time, money or inventory.
Specializing in only Kansas regional artists ensures that you will not be lost in the crowd of thousands of works by other artists. I invite you to go check out FineArtAmerica.com where as they advertise: “Fine Art America is home to 92,462 of the world's greatest living artists and photographers. Browse through our collection of 2,367,497 images - all of which can be purchased as framed prints, canvas prints, greeting cards, and more. When you're ready, we'll deliver a museum-quality masterpiece right to your doorstep.” (The previous quote is taken directly off of their site) Just take a minute to consider, do you think your art can really be found there? What is the quality assurance you have for those customers who do purchase your piece?
But wait… another thing you might want to consider before you start uploading your work to sites such as Fine Art America: You will not find another website that will give you the profit margin that is available at Art Print Express. Most sites offer your art with a 15% or less commission on your work. Here at Art Print Express we believe that the artist should get paid a fair commission for their work, we are offering our artists 60% on commissions on a price negotiated with the artist. The other advantage is that if you wish to produce prints for yourself to make them available at an art fair or other venue, we can accommodate you with the wholesale print price as well because, once your work is in the system the order is only a phone call or email away.
Offering quality fine art giclée prints by Kansas artists and a way to frame and preserve the print, the website will provide an additional marketing opportunity appealing to professional and emerging artists. This venue opens the world of art to an audience interested in finding art in the niche of regional artists just like you. Niche marketing is about finding a loyal audience for your artwork, it is not necessarily about selling to the masses. Art Print Express intends to carve out a niche for Kansas artists that cater to people searching for Kansas Art, Art by Kansans and who appreciate the fantastic art created by regional artists. Inspired by the Prairie Print Makers of the 1930’s who stated mission was: "to further the interest of both artists and laymen in printmaking and collecting." Art Print Express would like to modernize that mission: “to further the interest of both artist and laymen in the excellence of Kansas regional art and collecting.”
Together we can make this new mission work for you. With the advent of the web, this mission can be achieved through a partnership with you and Art Print Express. Together we will be able to advertise extensively on the web and Art Print Express will make it simple for you to help with advertising by making simple social media links to your work on the site and regular informational updates on how to spread the word about your work online. Not only what you offer on the website, but marketing solutions that you can use anywhere online, including your own website.
If your work is selected, to insure quality prints, Art Print Express asks to digitize your work from the original piece and it will be color corrected by looking at the original and approved by the artist with a 5” color proof. For this first offering, ending June 15, 2012, we will digitize up to 3 select pieces of your work for free and make them available online for our Print-on-demand service. Our digitizing fee is typically $10 which is a savings of up to $30 and a great opportunity to show your work to the world, however if you already have quality digital images of your work a proof can be produced with our system for your approval.
Art Print Express wants to work with each artist personally. This is not a self-service, upload and forget it option because we would like to make sure every print is “artist approved.” Once sent through the authorization process, your work will be made available on our website by our staff. Only the artist accepted proof is printed until a customer or the artist places the order. Our Print-on-Demand process allows you to make your original artwork for sale as “artist approved” fine-art giclée reproductions online.
To submit your work for consideration, please call 785.862.0736 to make an appointment for an art review or you can submit your work digitally by sending images for review (no larger than 1920px square) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing the work you submit. Please allow three (3) weeks for response on an art review.
Owner, Art Print Express