This New Site Is Helping Fine Arts Students Sell Their Work
ArtStartArt is supporting young artists and your home decor.
It often takes years before many art school students are actually able to make any money off their work. Despite creating tons of projects for their peers and professors, artists' pieces often won't be able to get recognition from a larger audience. Especially when dealing with paying tuition and going into an exclusive field, it's hard for many students to break through those barriers to actually get their work in front of buyers.
As a grad of University of Texas’ College of Fine Art, Erik Culver remembered this struggle. He also knew how little original pieces were available at reasonable price points. So with his partner Alok Marwaha, Culver decided to create an online marketplace to give students a platform for their work to be seen and for young buyers to purchase them with a brand new company called ArtStartArt.
“As an art student, I saw first-hand how the art world could be an exclusive and intimidating environment for both the seller and buyer," said co-founder, Erik Culver. "When Alok and I were putting ArtStartArt together, I was thrilled by the idea of creating a platform that not only gave students a place to receive real support for their craft but to also make original art more accessible to a wider audience."
ArtStartArt will be partnering with schools around the country where students can submit works to be considered for the marketplace. From there the company's rotating list of curators will select top pieces to be showcased and put on the marketplace. With prices ranging from $200 to $500, the works not only will give a student exposure and income, but also offer their pieces at reasonable prices for a new art-buying market. "We are committed to making it easier than ever to purchase original artwork from the best student artists at top universities across the country," shares Culver. "My hope is that ArtStartArt is an exciting venue for discovery for both first-time art buyers and seasoned collectors alike.”
In addition to curating works from students around the country, a portion of each purchase will go back to support these art programs as well. “On our site, the students come first,” says co-founder, Alok Marwaha. "We want to help art students hone in on their professional skills while still in school. These important skills include: how to price their work, how to talk about their work to potential buyers, and how to properly manage the logistics of shipping their artwork safely to buyers. This is why we give back to the student’s art programs. By giving five percent of each sale, we’re doing our part to ensure the creative continue to create.”
With a rotating group of works on the site each month, we definitely recommend taking a look at what these incredible students have to offer.