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Frequently Asked Questions

Read below to find out more about fees/commissions, the scholarships funded by Art Market, how to prepare to sell at Art Market, and who to contact for additional information.

There will be two informational meetings if you have any questions:

Q: Who can apply?
A: All faculty, alumni, student or current staff members can register to be a vendor.

Q: What can I sell?
A: Only your own original artwork. However, you may not sell live animals or food items due to health regulations.

Q: What is the deadline to apply?
A: Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 12:00pm. Registration will close on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5:00pm, or until registration is full. Art Market is limited to the first 275 artists that register. There will be a waitlist created after that point.

Q: How many vendors will be accepted?
A: We have space for 275 vendors

Q: Can I sell my work if I did not apply online?
A: No, you must register online.

Q: Does the waitlist really work?
A: Yes, last year everyone on the waitlist was offered a spot to sell (over 20 people)

Q: Is there a commission or fee to sell my work?
A: The Art Market committee will take a 15% commission for every sale. This money will be used to fund the Art Market Scholarship.

Q: How many scholarships are there and who qualifies for one?
A: There will be a minimum of three scholarships; more scholarships are dependent on the revenue collected. Students qualify for a scholarship if they apply for the competitive scholarships given out in the spring and are determined to be of high-medium need. One of the scholarships is earmarked for an Art Market participant.

Q: How do I get paid?
A: Checks will be mailed to 8–10 weeks after the sale. If you do not receive your check by mid-February, please contact artmarket@mica.edu or sbarnes@mica.edu. If you fail to contact us by May 1, you agree to forfeit those funds to the Art Market Scholarship Fund.

Q: Are there any meetings we need to attend before the sale?
A: Yes. If you are new to Art Market you need to attend the professional development meeting in October (exact date pending). Topics include: pricing, packaging, taxes, copyright etc.
There is a second mandatory meeting for all participants, Wednesday Dec. 4, from 2:30-4:00pm in Falvey Hall. You will meet with your group leaders (for some groups this will be the first time) and receive training on how to fill out the required inventory sheets and price tags.

Q: Why do I need an inventory sheet?
A: Inventory sheets are necessary in case there are any selling discrepancies.

Q: What do we do about packing material?
A: Art Market will supply wrapping paper, bags and mailing tubes (for paper goods).

Q: How much room will I have to display my work?
A: Each group will be allotted space based on the number of applicants. This is a shared resource event, everyone must work together—check your ego at the door.

Q: Do I need to be there during the sale?
A: Yes, but not the entire time—we are working as a team. Everyone must work several shifts, which will be determined by the number of people in your group and by the group leader.

Q: What effect does what group I'm in have on my artwork and I?
A: Groups are a lose affiliation based on your major, but not exclusive to your major, and are also based on the predominate media of your work, but doesn't limit what you sell. For instance you might be an illustration major whose work is t-shirts, soft sculptures, and prints and would still sell all the work at the illustration group tables.

Q: What must I provide to sell my work?
A: You will need to fill out an inventory sheet and create special price labels on card stock. Templates will be on the Website in November (exact date to be announced).

Q What if I need help printing out the tags?
A: We will have a tag printing workshop - bring your completed inventory sheet if possible and cardstock to Station 117 on Friday, Dec. 6, from 12:00–5:00pm and we will help you.

Q: Where do I get card stock?
A: We will be providing colored card stock at the mandatory meeting on Dec. 4.

Q: Why do I need to use card stock?
A: Card stock is thicker paper and not as easy to get lost, bent or mutilated by the shoppers. It is the best way to make sure you get paid for your item. The most problems with artists getting paid the right amount is directly related to not following the rules of the sale.

Q: Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
A: You can email artmarket@mica.edu or sbarnes@mica.edu and/or come to one of the informational meetings.