Launching Q2, 2023.
artist faq
How does your progressive commission work?
  • The way our progressive commission works is similar to the way income taxes are collected. The amount collected is based on what an artist has sold in a given month. Rates start at 15% and increase by 2.5% for every $500 sold. The amount collected is over each $500 bracket. Anything in excess of $4,000 is collected at a rate of 35%. Because our commission rates are bracketed the total amount collected never reaches 35%, but rather increases gradually and maxes out at 34.99%. Additionally, it doesn’t matter what an artists sells. Whether they sell fifteen $100 drawings or a single $1,500 painting the amount collected over those $1,500 sold will always be the same.
  • E.g. An artist sells one $1,500 painting in a month. The amount collected by the gallery over the first, second and third 500 dollars sold are $75, $87.50 and $100, respectively. The total amount collected is $262.50. Total commission paid to the gallery is 17.5%, which may be calculated two different ways:
  • $262.50 collected/$1,500 sold = 17.5% total commission
  • (15% over first bracket+17.5%+20%)/3 = 17.5% total commission
Monthly Sales are: Total Commission paid:
$500 15.00%
$1,000 16.25%
$1,500 17.50%
$2,000 18.75%
$2,500 20.00%
$3,000 21.25%
$3,500 23.75%
$4,000 25.00%
$4,500 26.00%
$5,000 26.82%
$5,500 27.50%
$6,000 28.08%

Monthly Sales are: Total Commission paid:
$6,500 $7,000
28.57% 29.00%
How does your pricing algorithm work?
  • Unlike other platforms, on Curci Art users may only follow an artist after having purchased one of their artworks. This turns the number of followers an artist has into a proxy for demand. Similarly, critics who critique individual works of art by an artist may only give an artist a stamp after having critiqued one of their works. The number of stamps an artist has in turn tells you how many art critics have a favorable opinion of their work.
  • This is important because it allows buyers to quickly identify investment grade artwork. That is, artwork that’s likely to appreciate in value.
  • Additionally, how many followers and stamps you have in combination with other variables like the medium an artwork is made in generates a suggested retail price. In turn, you may accept this price or set your own price within a specified range. If you increase or decrease the value of a work we ask you why. This data collection process will allow us in the future to replace our current algorithm with an AI system.
What happens when someone resales an artwork I made?
See Buyer FAQ page
How do royalties work?
See Buyer FAQ page
How do I edit my profile?
You may edit your profile by going to my account and clicking on settings. Once you’re in your settings navigate to edit profile.
How do I upload an artwork?
You may upload an artwork by going to my account, and then clicking on upload. Once there, follow all the steps to list your work for sale.
What’s the difference between my bio and an artist statement?
What’s the difference between my bio and an artist statement?
What’s the difference between a set and a series?
  • Sets are artworks that have different pieces that are assembled together. For example, a triptych painting would be a 3 piece set.
  • When uploading a set, you must include the number of set pieces as well as the dimensions in inches and weight in pounds for each set piece.
  • A series is a collection of artworks that are grouped thematically.
When do I get paid for artworks I’ve sold?
  • Since our progressive commission is based on what you’ve sold in a given month we calculate your commission on the last day of the month. You’ll be able to access your funds on the 15th for what you sold during the first two weeks of the previous month. On the 28th you’ll be able to access your funds for what you sold during the last two weeks of the previous month. In other words, we calculate your commission once a month, and you will be able to access your funds twice a month for the previous month’s sales.
  • Additionally, we use Stripe connect to pay artists, critics and sellers. Once you’ve made a sale and it’s time to be paid, you’ll be promoted to set up your Stripe account. You will be directed to a Stripe connect portal to activate your account. You will only be required to do this once.
When do I get paid royalties for artworks that have resold?
Since we charge a flat 10%, 8% or 6% seller fee for artworks that are resold you will be able to access your funds after the 14 day return policy has expired a resold work.
Who pays for transaction fees, shipping and handling?
See Buyer FAQ page
Who pays for art critics?
See Buyer FAQ page
Can any artist receive critiques?
  • By default, established and blue chip artists are available for review (able to receive critiques). Emerging artists however, must reach a threshold number of followers in order to receive critiques. This is because we pay art critics per critique written after an artwork has sold and its return policy has expired. Therefore, it’s imperative that artists have some traction before being allowed to receive critiques.
  • The threshold number of followers you need to be available for review ranges from 5 to 50 depending on what types of artworks you sell.
How do I ship my artwork?
See Buyer FAQ page
Which category am I?
  • Emerging: You have less than 30 exhibitions.
  • Established: You have 30 to 89 exhibitions. We will verify your CV and identity unless you receive an invitation from Curci Art (e.g., we send invites to studio art professors from universities we partner with).
  • Blue Chip: You have 90 or more exhibitions. We will verify your CV and identity unless you have a referral from an existing Blue Chip member.
  • Exhibitions may be solo or group shows you’ve participated in as well as juried exhibitions. Also counted are art contest prizes you’ve won, and any museum collections you’re a part of.
Can I change categories?
Yes. If you start off as an emerging artist you may become an establishartist if you reach a threshold number of followers, which ranges from 300 to 3,000 depending on what you sell. Similarly, if you’re an established artist you may become a blue chip artist if you amass 900 to 9,000 followers.
What are invitations for Established Artists?
Curci Art may send invites in the form of temporary links to people like studio art professors from accredited universities. If you receive an invite to register as an established artist you won’t have to submit your CV/resume to us or verify your identity. This is because universities already go through a due diligence process before hiring a faculty member.
What are referrals for Blue Chip Artists?
Existing blue chip members may refer other acclaimed artists to sign up on Curci Art as blue chip artists. If you are an existing blue chip member you may send up to 10 referrals per year in the form of temporary links. Artists who receive a referral do not have to submit their CV/resume to us, but will still be required to verify their identity.
Can I sell on Curci Art if I’m outside of the USA?
Not yet. We plan on expanding internationally in 2023.
What happens if someone returns an artwork?
We have a 2 week return policy, which expires fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of delivery. If someone returns an artwork you’ll be notified. See our return policy page for more information.
Who pays for return shipping costs?
Customers are responsible for paying for return shipping.
What happens if someone cancels an order prior to shipment?
If someone cancels an order prior to shipment you’ll be notified, and instructed not ship out the artwork.
How do you provide artists with exposure? How will buyers find my artwork on your site?
  • There are two reasons why people buy art; for enjoyment because they like a particular piece by an artist or as an investment. Prospective buyers or art collectors have a multitude of ways in which they can narrow their artwork search on our site.
  • If a buyer wants to buy artwork for enjoyment they may search by keywords such as an artist’s name, artwork title or the university an artist attended. Additionally, they may use our 11 filtering options and 5 sorting options.
  • If they want to find artwork to invest in they may sort search results by how any followers and stamps an artist has. The more followers and stamps an artist has the more likely their work is to appreciate in value. Art collectors may also filter by artist category (emerging, established or blue chip) to gauge how safe an artwork is as an investment.
How do I change my password?
See our General FAQ page for more information.
How do I reset a forgotten password?
See our General FAQ page for more information.
How to I unsubscribe to your newsletter?
You may unsubscribe to our newsletter from your settings under account info.
Do you sell NFTs on Curci Art?
See Buyer FAQ page
When will you release your mobile app and how will it help digital artists?
See Buyer FAQ page
What will your commission be for NFTs and digital art?
When we start selling NFTs we plan on having a 5 to 15% progressive commission for digital art, which is lower than our 15 to 35% commission for physical artwork.
Why do you require ID verification and CV’s for established & blue chip artists?
  • We verify the identities and CV’s for established & blue chip artists to prevent art theft, plagiarism, and ensure the quality of high value artworks.
  • For example, if a bad actor impersonates an established or famous artist and tries to sell a fake work without being vetted they will be categorized as an emerging artist. Moreover, our algorithm will not allow them to set an unduly high price for their fake work taking away any incentive for them to sell a fake work in the first place. When we incorporate NFTs this will help crackdown on NFT scammers.
How will you verify my identity?
We use Stripe to safely automate ID verification. You may use your driver’s license, passport or SS number to verify your identity. Stripe safely and securely stores your information. None of your sensitive information is stored on our database.