Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Artists

FAQs for Patrons & Donors

 
 

FAQs for Artists

As a submitting artist, when I select a price (from the pricing categories listed in the prospectus) that is fair market value, how much do I get from the sale?
What's in it for me(the artist)?
If I miss the deadline, can I still submit?
When is the next submission period for ArtUp?
Can I exhibit my work while it's in the ArtUp catalog?
After I've been accepted into the ArtUp catalog, can I switch out work?
What happens if my artwork that's in the ArtUp catalog sells at an exhibit outside of ArtUp?
What does it mean when an artwork is marked as RESERVED in the catalog?
What happens when someone buys my work from the ArtUp catalog?
Where does the money from the sale of my artwork go?
Where can I get my artwork framed?
What kind of hanging hardware should I attach to my artwork?
How can I help promote the ArtUp catalog?
 
 
As a submitting artist, when I select a price (from the pricing categories listed in the prospectus) that is fair market value, how much do I get from the sale?

A.  1/2 of the selected price.

What's in it for me(the artist)?

A. Think of the gallery model where you decide what your art piece is worth; the gallery will take a 50% commission. In this case, 50% is going to support the Lowell Community Health Center. Additionally, there are other benefits to participation:

- Selected artists will have jpeg images of their art posted in an online catalog to be viewed by a broad range of donors.
- Selected artwork will benefit from a large public viewing: over 5,000 people visit the LCHC per week.
- Artists from the Greater Lowell Area have the opportunity to contribute to the health center’s mission of healing.

If I miss the deadline, can I still submit?

A. No. The submission form will be taken down after May 31, 2017, when the submission period ends.

When is the next submission period for ArtUp?

A. Between May 1 and May 31, 2017, artists can go to Submit Art to fill out the submission form and upload their image files.

Can I exhibit my work while it's in the ArtUp catalog? 

A. You may exhibit your work elsewhere however once artwork has been selected by the curator for inclusion in the online catalog, it is assumed that the artist will hold, and not otherwise sell, the selected work for a reasonable amount of time (a maximum period of 6 months or until the next submission date) to allow the work to be posted in the catalog and sold to a donor.

After I've been accepted into the ArtUp catalog, can I switch out work?

A. No. All work is submitted for entry through a formal process, using an online submission form.  All work is then juried before being selected for inclusion in the catalog. If the artist chooses to disengage his/her work from the ArtUp project, notification of this decision must be made 15 days in advance of the requested removal date. Choosing to disengage from the project does not preclude an artist from entering subsequent calls for entries. Once a piece has been accepted and sold you will not be able to switch out a new one - all final artworks have been through a jurying process of selection and new ones or exchanges are not allowed.

What happens if my artwork that's in the ArtUp catalog sells at an exhibit outside of ArtUp?

A. If a selected work is sold by the artist outside of the ArtUp catalog, the artist must immediately inform the curator of said sale so the image can be taken out of the online catalog.

What does it mean when an artwork is marked as RESERVED in the catalog?

A. RESERVED means that a patron has selected your work for purchase but we haven't received payment for it yet. If the patron does not complete payment within 30 days of initiating the sale, the artwork will be returned to the catalog.

What happens when someone buys my work from the ArtUp catalog?

A. When a patron initiates a purchase, the artwork is marked as RESERVED in the online catalog. The artist will be notified that their work has been reserved and should immediately fill out and return a W9 form (see sidebar to the right). Once the patron has completed the sale the artist will again be notified that the sale is complete.  If the artwork needs to be framed, the artist should do so at this time. An ArtUp representative will discuss the logistics of where and when the artist will need to deliver the artwork to the health center.  Payment to the artist will be made once they have completed and returned a W9 form and delivered the artwork to the health center.

Where does the money from the sale of my artwork go?

A. When your art sells, half of the purchase price goes to you, the artist.  The other half goes to the health center’s WrapAround Fund. The fund is designed to provide care that goes beyond the exam room with services that are not covered by insurance, such as housing and food assistance referrals, medical interpreters, and insurance counseling.  Approximately 75% of the health center’s patients require Wraparound services.  Lowell Community Health Center serves almost 50,000 people yearly, nearly half of Lowell’s population, with quality, affordable health care, regardless of the ability to pay.

Where can I get my artwork framed?

A. If you want to get your work framed locally, and we hope you do, since this is a local initiative designed to stimulate the local creative economy (and of course, benefit the Health Center as well,) ArtUp officially recommends:

Van Gogh's Gear

307 Market Street, downtown Lowell
978-970-2100
Visit online.

The Lowell Gallery

219 Central Street, downtown Lowell
978-458-3137
Visit online.

 What kind of hanging hardware should I attach to my artwork?

A. Please do not attach any kind of hanging hardware to your artwork.  The health center will attached special security hardware to the back of the artwork.

How can I help promote the ArtUp catalog?

A. Here are some ways you can help us get your work out there and get it marked as SOLD:

- Most importantly, LIKE our Facebook page.  This is where you’ll get the most up-to-date info on what’s selling, what’s available, what the press is saying, whether we’ll have another Call for Submissions, etc.   LIKING us also gives us the ability to tag you in a post, where relevant, and then your friends will see it.
- Invite your networks to LIKE our Facebook page.
- FOLLOW us on Twitter.
- COMMENT on our Facebook posts and Tweets.
- SHARE our Facebook posts and Tweets.
- Mention ArtUp (with a link) on your emails blasts and newsletters.
- Help us to identify potential donors who will purchase the art.
- Put an ArtUp LINK on your website.
- Blog about ArtUp.
- Talk us up, explain the program to your friends and networks.
- Please do all of the above repeatedly.

 

FAQs for Patrons & Donors

How do I purchase an artwork?
When I click to purchase it tries to open up an email program that I don't use. How can I work around this?
What happens when I purchase an artwork?
How is the money from the sale used?
Can I pay online?
Can I keep the artwork?
Is my purchase tax deductible?
Can I purchase in memory of someone?
Can I purchase anonymously?
Can I donate an amount and let ArtUp decide which artworks to purchase?
Can I view the artwork at the health center once it has been installed/hung?
 
How do I purchase an artwork?

A.  Visit the Purchase Art page and select to view the catalog sorted by price or by artist.  If you view by price, click on any thumbnail and scroll through the artworks.  If you view by artist, you will be able to go to the individual page of any artist in the catalog by clicking on their name.  Each artwork that is available for purchase will have a "click here to purchase" link.  Clicking on that link will initiate an email that gets sent to the ArtUp office, indicating your intent to purchase an artwork.  You will receive an email back from the ArtUp office that will ask for payment and further details.  

When I click to purchase it tries to open up an email program that I don't use.  How can I work around this?

A. If your preferred email program does not open up automatically when you use the "click here to purchase" link, you can contact ArtUp directly by emailing Clare Gunther at claregu@lchealth.org.  Please indicate the title of the artwork and the artist's name and add a phone number where you can be easily reached.  Your email will be promptly returned with further details. 

If you wish to purchase by phone please call Clare Gunther at 978.746.7891.

What happens when I purchase an artwork?

A. When you initiate the purchase process, the artwork that you intend to purchase will be marked as RESERVED.  You will have 30 days to make the payment.  If you do not make the payment within 30 days the artwork will be returned to the catalog as un-sold.

The artist is notified that you have purchased their work and they are instructed to complete any framing necessary and deliver the artwork to Lowell Community Health Center. 

How is the money from the sale used?

A.  Half of the purchase price goes to the artist.  The other half goes to the health center’s WrapAround Fund. The fund is designed to provide care that goes beyond the exam room with services that are not covered by insurance, such as housing and food assistance referrals, medical interpreters, and insurance counseling.  Approximately 75% of the health center’s patients require Wraparound services.  Lowell Community Health Center serves almost 50,000 people yearly, nearly half of Lowell’s population, with quality, affordable health care, regardless of the ability to pay.

Can I pay online?

A. Yes, once you have communicated ArtUp and begun the purchase process you can decide whether to pay online with a credit card or check.  The Lowell Community Health Center accepts online payments here.

Can I keep the artwork?

A. Unfortunately, no.  The purpose of ArtUp is three-fold; (1) to fill the empty walls of our beautiful 19th century mill building with the work of our many talented local artists, (2) to donate half of the purchase price to our Wraparound Fund, and (3) to support our local creative economy by giving half of the purchase price to the artist who created the work. 

Is my purchase tax deductible?

A. Yes, the full amount of the price of the artwork is tax deductible.

Can I purchase in memory of someone?

A. Absolutely. When you begin the purchase process with ArtUp, you will be given a form where you can fill in the information that you would like to see with the plaque that gets hung adjacent to the artwork.

Can I purchase anonymously?

A. Yes, you can be anonymous or you can purchase/donate the artwork in anyone's name.

Can I donate an amount and let ArtUp decide which artworks to purchase?

A. Yes, that works well too. This gives the ArtUp curator a chance to select the perfect piece for the perfect location. 

Can I view the artwork at the health center once it has been installed/hung?

A. Yes you are more than welcome to view the work and your plaque.  In order to protect the privacy of our patients and clients we require that you contact an ArtUp representative to greet you and escort you to the artwork.  Please contact Clare Gunther by phone: 978.746.7891 or email: claregu@lchealth.org.