How to Sell Art
Unlike eBayUnlike sites such as eBay, you cannot post artwork on the Prison Art website, nor are there any auctions. If you are an outside person representing a prisoner, or an ex-prisoner, you must send me copies or representations of the artwork, usually scanned or copies or pictures taken from a digital camera and sent to me by way of e-mail. I will then post the art on the website
No Original ArtworkPlease do not send any original artwork. Send only e-mail with scanned images or those taken with a digital camera as attachments, along with the information I need to post the artwork. If the art or craft is any good at all it will be posted on the web site.
Mandatory InformationYou must include the following information for each piece of art or craft in order for it to be posted on the site:
• The name of the artist (need not be real name).
Optional File FormatWhile not necessary, it would be helpful if file names were in this format: first_last_title_of_artwork_price (e.g., john_doe_pretty_flower_50.jpg), which would be an item of art by John Doe named Pretty Flower with an asking price of $50. Do not put the size of the item, what it was created on, what it was created with, etc. in the file name. I do know it is difficult to comply with this format so it is okay if you don't.
Helpful InformationRemember that the quality of the graphic you send me will often determine how quickly it sells. Photos carefully taken result in better sales. You may also want to include a brief note that potential buyers can read.
Please send only one item per picture, in other words, if you have five prisoner-made drawings, do not send me a visual with all five items. Each drawing should be an individual photograph or scanned image. Again, if you find that difficult I'll take anything you send me (but you will probably have to listen to me gripe).
Former Prisoners Can Post ArtEx-convicts may also post their artwork on the Prison Art website.
Pricing ArtworkWhen setting the price for your artwork, keep in mind that I will be adding twenty percent to your asking price. The seller will receive their asking price (not the posted price) less ten percent.
Still got questions? Call Ed at: 206-271-5003. Or e-mail me at: sales [at] prisonart [dot] org.