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Frequently Asked Questions

Application FAQs

Financial FAQs

Vendor Duties FAQs

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

Q: Where can I get more information before registration begins?

A: Come to the informational meeting on October 1st, from 3-4 in Brown 320.

Application FAQs

Q: Who can apply?

A: All current faculty, students, staff, and alumni can register to be a vendor.

Q: What can I sell?

A: Your original artwork handmade by you. You may not sell live animals or food items due to health regulations.

Q: When is the deadline to apply?

A: Registration begins Wednesday, October 8th at 12:30. Registration will close on Friday October 10th at 4:30pm. New this year instead of a registration waitlist everyone will get a confirmation email that they have applied - you will get an acceptance or waitlist email Wednesday Oct 15th.

Q: How many vendors will be accepted?

A: Art Market is limited 275 artist 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 90% of people on the wait list were offered a spot to sell.

Financial FAQs

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 four 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.

Vendor Duties FAQs

Q: Are there any meetings we need to attend before the sale?

A: Yes. If you are a new student vendor you need to attend the professional development meeting on Wednesday October 29 2:30-4:00 in Brown 320. Topics will include; pricing, packaging, taxes, copyright etc.

There is a second Mandatory Meeting for all participants (alumni, staff, faculty and students), Wednesday December 3 2:30-4:00 in Falvey Hall. You will meet with your group leaders (for some groups this will be the first time) and get 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). If you have small items (i.e. jewelry), you may want to supply your own small boxes or other necessary packaging.

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. There is limited space - you may not be able to put all your work out at once, but things sell quickly and you can refill from your inventory.

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, more 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 you would still sell your 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). All work must have a printed price tag. Bring your work in a labeled box, tote or other organization item so it can be packed up at night, and is a storage place for extra inventory.

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 December 5th 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 December 3rd.

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 majority of problems with artists getting paid the right amount is directly related to their 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 the informational meeting on October 1st, from 3-4 in Brown 320.