Student Art Sale

In 2023 the in-person sale will be back (and we’re keeping the online sale option too!)

Friday April 21, 2023

In Person Sale: 3-6pm on the 3rd floor of Talley

Virtual Sale: 6:30pm and ongoing

How the sale works:

  • Due to a limited number of spaces, students will apply for the in-person sale. All student artists will be accepted to the virtual sale. Applications and interest form for both in-person and virtual sales slots will be due by Friday March 24 at 5pm. Stay tuned for a the application/interest online form.

For Buyers

Arts NC State purchases student art

Since 2001, Arts NC State has purchased original artwork of NC State students. A committee of staff, students and local artists review the submitted work and choose art to purchase. The chosen works become a part of the permanent collection of Arts NC State and will hang in Talley Student Union or selected locations on campus. To date, our collection has over 150 pieces of student art. But what to do with all the art that isn’t purchased by Arts NC State?

Open to the public

We realized that there was a need to open up the purchase so that all of the student art was able to be seen and possibly purchased. The sale went public in 2015. In that first year, $3,000 worth of student art was sold, with proceeds going directly to the students, and in 2019, we sold over $13,000! Due to COVID-19, the 2020 sale moved online and we were thrilled to sell over $10,000 that went back to our student artists.

How Does an Online Sale Work?

Arts NC State will serve as an intermediary between the student artists and the customers. We will provide a link to an online gallery which will showcase each student’s work of art. You will click on the image you are interested in, learn more about the student and the piece (and whether they are open to commissions), and then click on a link that will take you to the student’s online shop (Etsy, ArtFire, Ebay etc). From there, you will see whether the art has sold, and you will be able to purchase and/or interact with the students. Some students will be shipping your art and some will be delivering it to your doorstep. Have questions?

Don’t fret if the work is sold out- most artists are open to commissions. Send them an email if you’d like a similar piece as to what is sold (their emails are listed on their Flickr gallery).

Feel free to email Amy Sawyers-Williams, manager of the art sale: acsawyer@ncsu.edu.

Visual Artist Award!

Arts NC State received a generous gift to create a Visual Artist Award in 2017. A judge with input from a panel of Arts NC State employees and students will select 1 2D piece, 1 3D piece, and 1 computer rendered or photography from the sale to win the awards. The student artists will receive a $500 cash award, their pieces will hang in a prominent display case in the Talley Student Union near Stewart Theater for the following academic year, and they will be honored at an annual ceremony.


For Student Artists

2023 Student Art Sale

  • Artist Submissions Due (includes link to your online shop):5pm Friday March 24, 2023. See below for entry rules.

Rules for art submissions

  • Only currently enrolled, full-time NC State students can submit artwork. Undergrads and grads are welcomed to submit.
  • Fill out the online form by Friday March 24, 2023. Stay tuned for the form!

Details for in-person sale

  • Arts NC State will serve as the intermediary between the student and buyer. If you sell your work in-person, you will be responsible for accepting payment (we recommend reading this article and singing up for a Square account and free credit card reader to accept payments from people who may not have Venmo or cash apps).
  • You will apply for a space to sell your work on the online form (coming soon).
    • Criteria for acceptance will include whether you have sold your work in the past, how many pieces you have available, and your level of experience.
  • If you are accepted, you will be assigned a 6′ table, which you may share with another artist depending on how much work you have to sell. You will have the option to rent easels from us for free.
  • The sale takes place from 3-6pm, and you or a designated representative will have to be at your booth the whole time. Set up will take place between 1:30-2:30pm.
  • Artwork must be priced at $400 or less.
    • If you feel strongly that your work should be priced over $400, you need approval from Amy Sawyers-Williams, manager of the sale: amy.sawyers-williams@ncsu.edu
  • Information about pricing your art here: go.ncsu.edu/priceyourart
  • NEW: NC State has trademark licenses on the Tuffy Head logo and NC State block logo. You cannot replicate these for sale. Read more here: https://trademarks.ncsu.edu/

Details for online sale

  • Each student will submit up to 5 pieces of artwork that we will display on our student art sale online landing page gallery.
  • Each buyer will be able to click on the image of the art, which will take them to the student’s online shop. Each student agrees to guarantee delivery of art upon payment.
  • You must sell your artwork via an online platform like Etsy, ArtFire, Ebay, etc.
  • Here is a link that addresses more questions about selling work online
  • Artwork must be priced at $400 or less.
    • If you feel strongly that your work should be priced over $400, you need approval from Amy Sawyers-Williams, manager of the sale: amy.sawyers-williams@ncsu.edu
  • Limit five entrees per student to be featured on the gallery page. You can sell as many pieces in your shop as you like.
  • Artwork must be ready to hang or if digital ready to ship in a tube. Please make very clear how the art will arrive (framed or unframed)
  • You must be able to drop off or ship your artwork to your buyer! 
  • Fill out online form to sign up to sell (below)
  • Information about pricing your art here: go.ncsu.edu/priceyourart
  • NEW: NC State has trademark licenses on the Tuffy Head logo and NC State block logo. You cannot replicate these for sale. Read more here: https://trademarks.ncsu.edu/

For 2-D work:

  • Needs to be ready to hang (either canvas with sturdy framing or framed with matting, wiring, etc.). If it’s a digital print, please make sure that is very clear on your website.
  • For consideration for the Visual Artist Award, must be smaller than 44″ tall x 50″ wide x 12″ deep

For 3-D work:

  • 3-D work may include: ceramics, wood, fiber art, metals, glass.
  • For consideration for the Visual Artist Award, must be smaller than 44″ tall x 50″ wide x 12″ deep

Contact us

For more information, contact Amy Sawyers-Williams in the Arts Outreach & Engagement Office, at 919.513.1044 or email amy_sawyers-williams@ncsu.edu.