Rules for Art Submissions & Professional Development Resources

Visual Art Award Winners from the 2022 online sale.

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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 application form.
    • 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 3-6:30pm, and you or a designated representative will have to be at your booth the whole time. Set up will take place between 11:30am-2:30pm.
  • Artwork must be priced at $600 or less.
    • If you feel strongly that your work should be priced over $600, 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
  • Reminder: 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 $600 or less.
    • If you feel strongly that your work should be priced over $600, 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 online shop as you like.
  • Artwork must be ready to hang or if it’s a digital print or 3D ready to ship in appropriate packing. 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! 
  • Information about pricing your art here: go.ncsu.edu/priceyourart
  • Reminder: 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

Details for 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. The Visual Artist Award is made possible by the Roxanne Hicklin Visual Artist Award Endowment and Arts NC State.

Student artists: your work that you submit in the application will be automatically entered to win the Visual Artist Award. Email Amy Sawyers-Williams with questions: acsawyer@ncsu.edu