What commission do you charge for selling artworks?
We charge artists a flat 25% commission on physical artwork sales meaning you keep 75% of the proceeds from what you sell.
How do your automated art appraisals work?
Our automated art appraisals are based on the demand for an artist’s work (# of art collectors), and the consensus among art critics regarding an artwork’s value (# of stamps), among other factors such as an artwork’s medium and its dimensions.
We provided appraisals for artworks when an artist is listing an artwork for sale as well as when and art collector is reselling a piece on our platform.
What happens when someone resales an artwork I made?
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?
Your bio is your biographical background. It’s for people to learn more about you. Your artist statement is what your artwork is about.
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?
We charge artists a 25% commission on artworks sales meaning you keep 75% of the profits. Payouts for what you sold during the month will be available on the 28th. Incomplete sales whose twenty-four (24) hour cancellation policy has not expired will become available during the next payout date the subsequent month.
Additionally, you will be required to set up a Stripe account to be paid. Once you’ve made a sale and it’s time to be paid, you’ll be prompted to set up your Stripe account. You will only be required to do this once.
When do I get paid royalties for artworks that have resold?
Royalty payouts for artworks that are resold will become available after the artwork’s twenty-four (24) hour cancellation policy has expired.
IRS Form W-9
Artists/sellers in the USA are considered independent contractors and as such are required to submit an IRS Form W-9.
You will receive an email from Curci Art with instructions on how to submit your IRS Form W-9 via a secure online portal. You will only be required to do this once or if your information changes.
If you sell more than $600 in a given year we will send you an IRS Form 1099k for income tax filing purposes.
Who pays for transaction fees, shipping and packaging?
The buyer pays for shipping costs separately from the artwork. You are solely responsible for packaging costs. Transaction fees are included in the sale total and are paid for by Curci Art.
By default, established and blue chip artists are available for review (able to receive critiques). Emerging artists however, must reach a threshold number of art collectors in order to receive critiques. This is because we pay art critics per critique written after an artwork has sold and its cancellation policy has expired. Therefore, it’s imperative that artists have some traction before being allowed to receive critiques.
The threshold number of art collectors you need to be available for review ranges from 5 to 50 depending on what types of artworks you sell.
What shipping options do you offer?
Currently, the only shipping option we offer is ARTA Self Ship. Later in the year we will incorporate ARTA Parcel, ARTA White Glove, and ARTA Premium as shipping options.
How do I ship my artwork?
When one of your artworks sells on Curci Art you will receive an email notifying you that a sale was made. If the customer selects ARTA Self Ship during checkout you will receive a second email with packing recommendations as well as a prepaid shipping label for UPS, FedEx or DHL. You will be prompted to ship out your artwork within 3 business days. You are solely responsible for packaging costs.
Check your email for packing recommendations, which include: recommended package size & type. Below are the different package types:
Object must be wrapped in glassine and packed between as many pieces of double-ply cardboard as is necessary to ensure there is no movement in transit. Add paper corners taped to the cardboard to ensure the artwork is secured.
Foam Lined Box
Cardboard box filled with foam padding on all 6 internal sides.
Cardboard box with additional foam and cardboard box inside.
Reinforced triwall or plywood box lined in esta foam and ester foam.
Wood structure for one way movements of items shipped via parcel carrier.
Poly & Cardboard
Object is wrapped in poly with a cardboard face or corners
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?
YYes. If you start off as an emerging artist you may become an establish artist if you reach a threshold number of art collectors, 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 art collectors.
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 2024.
Do you have a return policy?
All artwork sales are considered finalized after twenty-four (24) hours, and are non-returnable. You do not have to worry about reverse logistics.
What happens if someone cancels an order prior to shipment?
If someone cancels an order prior to shipment you’ll receive an email notifying you that the order was cancelled, and will be further instructed not to 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 filter and sorting options.
If they want to find artwork to invest in they may sort search results by how many art collectors and stamps an artist has. The more art collectors 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).
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Do you sell digital art on Curci Art?
Not yet. We will incorporate digital artworks onto our platform in 2024.
What will your commission be for digital art?
When we start selling digital art we will charge artists a 15% commission as opposed to a 25% commission for physical artworks.
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.
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.