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2022 CALL FOR ART : MARN MARKETPLACE Cycle 2

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 18 at 11:59PM CST.

CONSIGNMENT DURATION: June 5th - October 6th, 2022.

To access the submission form: click the "submit" button, log into your Submittable account, and/or scroll to the bottom of the guidelines text below.

INFORMATION


The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) is pleased to announce a call for MARN CREATIVE STUDENTS, CREATIVE, and CREATIVE BUSINESS Members residing within Southeast Wisconsin to sell small works on consignment in the MARN MARKETPLACE for the 2022 Cycle 2 running June 5 to October 6, 2022. The MARN MARKETPLACE is a curated retail art market located within the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB on 191 N Broadway, Suite #102. The initiative strives to support MARN Members as a consignment platform for small works & artisan goods. Memberships must be in good standing before the call closes to qualify.

MARN seeks artists with collections and limited editions of small works, artisan goods, prints, zines, publications, and more to be sold in-person at the MARN MARKETPLACE and online on marnarts.org. Examples of goods to sell include but are not limited to jewelry, postcards, apparel, hand-made objects, plushies, home décor, ceramics, zines, publications, stickers, and small prints.

Selected artists have had success in the past with items such as prints, stickers, greeting cards, and other small handmade items priced from $4 - $75. Jewelry that has a strong and consistent brand aesthetic, prints and posters that are packaged professionally, and items that have informational tags attached to artwork have consistently sold more work. For more information on recommendations on packaging or submissions, see “Submission Specifics” below. MARN recommends items are no larger than 15” x 15” x 15” each; exceptions may be considered for nontraditional pieces. MARN also recommends that the artist submit works with a variation and not one repeatable work (items with no real difference in colors, styles, sizes, or themes).

Click here to see examples of previous MARN MARKETPLACE items.


CURRENT MARKETPLACE ARTISTS

As the current MARKETPLACE consignment draws to a close on June 5th, we ask that current MARKETPLACE artists reapply to continue selling their work in the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB. Previous and current MARKETPLACE Artists are recommended to apply with new items not previously exhibited in the MARKETPLACE in previous cycles. Please note that new artists will be prioritized in order to give everyone an equal opportunity to sell and display their work at MARN.


TIMELINE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE  Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 11:59PM CST

SELECTION NOTIFICATION BY EOD June 1st, 2022

PICK UP DEADLINE   June 15th, 2022

DROP OFF INSTALL   June 5 - 15th, 2022

CYCLE 2 CONSIGNMENT RUN   June 5th - October 6th, 2022

*MARN reserves the right to adjust the consignment period and associated dates in order to ensure the safety of staff, creatives, & patrons during COVID-19.


MARKETPLACE REQUIREMENTS

  • Face masks at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB for drop off, install, and pick up work are optional but highly recommended.
  • Within a week of their selection notification, artists must supply a filled out MARN consignment sheet, and images of each product to be sold.
  • Artists must have a completed MARN-specific inventory list upon drop-off, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Work must be delivered ready for upright display in the MARKETPLACE shelves, including any special display hardware, materials, and equipment.
  • Hanging work must be “gallery ready,” with hanging hardware.
  • Selected artists must agree to a 30min time slot to drop off inventory, a mini interview, and an artist polaroid portrait (to be used in future MARKETPLACE Social Media Campaigns).
  • Work must be delivered & retrieved on time.
  • Inventory must remain onsite until the end of consignment. No early pick-ups.
  • Work may not be sold or donated outside of MARN during the duration of consignment.
  • Artists are responsible for arranging delivery of works to and from the MARKETPLACE as well as any costs corresponding to transport.
  • MARN will insure the work during the consignment period.
  • MARN will take a 30% commission from any sale during the duration of consignment. Please take this into consideration when you are pricing your items.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Applicants must be CREATIVE STUDENT, CREATIVE, or CREATIVE BUSINESS Members in good standing by 11:59PM May 18, 2022. Become a member today!
  • Artists must reside within the Southeast region of Wisconsin.
  • Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply.
  • Entries may be from individuals, collaborators, or teams.
  • Previous MARKETPLACE Artists of earlier cycles that meet above requirements are encouraged to apply to this cycle. Please note that priority will be given to new artists and it is recommended to apply with new work not previously exhibited in the MARN MARKETPLACE. 
  • In support of our members, MARN has decided to waive this submission fee.


JOIN MARN’S MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility to apply for MARN’s MARKETPLACE is one of over 7 benefits included in the CREATIVE STUDENT, CREATIVE, & CREATIVE BUSINESS tiers' benefit package. To learn more and become a member, visit: https://marnarts.org/membership/. If you have any issues or questions on your membership, contact MARN’s Operations Manager, Nicole Shaver, at nicole@marnarts.org.


SUBMISSION SPECIFICS

All goods should be high quality items that are able to be handled and easily packaged when sold. Applicants are not required to bring in their own displays or packaging due to limited space and storage. MARN will curate the display of received goods to sell as well as package any sold work at their discretion. 

Click here to see recommendations for submissions.


HOW TO APPLY?

Applicants must first log in to or create a Submittable Account to submit. Once your application is created with an account, it can be saved as a draft for future edits; however, it is recommended that all materials are developed outside of the platform and copied and pasted / uploaded in once finalized. The online submission form can be found below the Call for Art’s ‘Guidelines’ once logged in.

Late submissions will not be accepted. It is recommended that applicants submit at least 15 minutes prior to the deadline in the event that troubleshooting is required. MARN does not have access to draft submissions. MARN does not accept any applications through email or in person. If you have any issues submitting your application, please email whitney@marnarts.org prior to the submission deadline.

Please submit the following items by Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 11:59PM CST.


Confirmation of MARN CREATIVE STUDENT, CREATIVE, or CREATIVE BUSINESS Membership Status. Applicants must provide a link to their MARN Membership Directory Profile (please update accordingly).

Name & Contact Info (Phone number, email, & mailing address)

Preferred Artist Name on Signage: (Business name, artist name, collective name, etc.)

Pronouns (He/She/They/etc..)

Portfolio Link (Website, instagram, etsy, or equivalent) [OPTIONAL]

150 word max Artist Bio (Roughly two small paragraphs about your work/process)

Up to 5 images of selected goods to sell (Max 15” x 15” x 15” in display dimensions)

  • Image files should be .jpg or .png and a minimum 72dpi & 1200 pixels wide
    • Label each file: LastName_FirstName_Title_Submission#

Example for J. Doe                  Doe_J_PaintingTitle_Submission1

  • Items submitted should be the exact items that will be sold
  • Jewelry must have consistent branding and tags
  • Submissions not properly labeled will not be accepted

A Photo of previous display setups (Vending opportunities, etc.) [OPTIONAL]

Work Detail(s) for each Item

  • Title / Name of Item
  • Medium
  • Dimensions in inches (LxWxH)
  • Sale Price (please take into consideration MARN’s 30% commission)
  • [OPTIONAL] 150 word max description

How did you hear about this opportunity?

In Agreement (Original works, COVID safety protocol)


SELECTION PROCESS

Selected applicants will be notified via email by the end of Monday May 30th, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed by MARN’s MARKETPLACE Advisory Committee. Selections will be based on the quality of the work, the professionalism of the application, the curation of the retail area, and alignment with MARN’s mission, vision, and values. Applications that do not follow the specified guidelines for eligibility, formatting, and content will not be considered. However, submissions which challenge traditional interpretation of the call are welcome if their content is strong. There is no guarantee that your submission will be selected.

Please contact whitney@marnarts.org with further inquiries.

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