ArtSale Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between Entry Level, Intermediate Level
and Professional Level Membership?
A: One-year membership for Entry Level artists is $25; they can display
up to 10 listings in their online portfolios. Intermediate level has
a modest annual fee of $50; Intermediate Level Members can display up
to 30 listings in their online portfolios. Professional level has a
modest annual fee of $100; Professional Level Members can display up
to 50 listings in their online portfolios.
Q: What is a Cultural Partner?
A: theArtsweb.com defines a "cultural partner" as a community
and/or non-profit organization such as art museums, theaters, ballets,
operas, festivals, arts councils, etc. theArtsweb.com reserves the right
to deny membership to ArtShowcase by any entity, individual, business
or organization that does not fit this criteria. ArtShowcase excludes
individual artists and/or businesses. Cultural Partners can display
work up to 10 listings. Annual membership is free.
Q: Who holds the copyright for the work I display on ArtSale?
A: You do. theArtsweb.com wants you to be successful, so you retain
full ownership and copyright of your Original artwork. By participating
in ArtSale, however, you will be asked to agree to grant to theArtsweb.com
a non-exclusive and royalty-free worldwide license to use your artwork,
titles and logos as theArtsweb.com deems appropriate to advertise, market
and promote the ArtSale program.
Q: Is displaying my Original work online safe? Can't someone steal
A: theArtsweb.com suggest you impress a distinguishing 'watermark' on
all images showcased in ArtSale, which makes it impossible to print
a good quality reproduction of the work directly from the site. Watermarks
protect you from unauthorized use of your copyrighted images.
Q: What happens if someone wants to buy a piece of my artwork?
Does theArtsweb.com call me?
A: No. Prospective buyers are provided with a link that connects them
directly to you via email in the event theyre interested in purchasing
one of your works. To protect your privacy, your actual email address
is not revealed to them until you decide to share it with them. This
process of connecting you directly with the buyer enables you to control
the sale of your work.
Q: What is theArtsweb.com's commission on the sale of my Originals?
A: Nothing. You keep 100% of the proceeds from any sale of your Original
Q: What do you mean by "digital images" of my Artwork?
A: Digital representations or images are electronic snapshots taken
of a scene or scanned from documents, such as photographs, manuscripts,
printed texts, and artwork. The digital image is sampled and mapped
as a grid of dots or picture elements (pixels). Each pixel is assigned
a tonal value (black, white, shades of gray or color), which is represented
in binary code (zeros and ones). The binary digits ("bits")
for each pixel are stored in a sequence by a computer and often reduced
to a mathematical representation (compressed). The bits are then interpreted
and read by the computer to produce an analog version for display or
printing. In order to upload images of your artwork to the theArtsweb.com
site, they must be in JPEG (jpg) format and must be less than 100K in
Q: What is JPEG (jpg) format?
A: JPEG image format (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is the predominant
format used by digital cameras. Even professional cameras have a JPEG
mode and despite its lossy compression it has become the de facto image
format for electronic storage of photographic images. The reason for
this is the JPEG compression algorithm's ability to reduce an image
file size by 8 or 10 to 1 without any degradation in image quality (to
the human eye at normal viewing magnification). JPEG is supported by
most browsers and is simple to use because it offers millions of colors,
but does not require any manipulation of the color table.
Q: Why is 60K the maximum file size allowed on the theArtsweb.com
A: In order to offer the theArtsweb.com Artist services for free, it
is critical for theArtsweb.com to manage the cost of image storage,
processing and transmission effectively. Limiting file sizes to 60K
ensures that consumers are able to view and appreciate Artist's images
in an on-demand, always available internet environment.
Q: What is a Pixel?
A: A Pixel is a "picture element", the dimensions of which
are the horizontal and vertical measurements of an image expressed in
pixels. The pixel dimensions may be determined by multiplying both the
width and the height by the dpi. A digital camera will also have pixel
dimensions, expressed as the number of pixels horizontally and vertically
that define its resolution (e.g., 2,048 by 3,072).
Q: Who determines the price of my work?
A: You do.
Q: Can I sell my work directly online through PayPal?
A: ArtSale Manager is easily interfaced with PayPal. It is your responsibility
to open and maintain the PayPal account independent of theArtsweb.com.
However, we do require you notify theArtsweb.com that you are interfacing
your ArtSale site with PayPal and you make clear to PayPal that you
are working within the ArtSale environment prior to installation. It
is up to you to configure your PayPal buy buttons following the instructions
provided by PayPal. theArtsweb.com is not a mediator between you and
PayPal. Further instructions on PayPal interface is included on the
Manager instructional manual.
If you have additional questions that are not answered here, email
us at membership@theArtsweb.com.
A member of the ArtSale team will reply within 48 business hours.