Calling all Artists: Make Money Selling Your Artwork!

The 2019 Arts NC State Student Art Sale

3rd Floor Talley Student Union

Friday, April 12th, 2019 11am-6pm

Written by Arts NC State Student Content Writer: Emily Rain, Senior English major with Language, Writing, & Rhetoric concentration

The 2018 Student Art Sale


Did you know that as a student at NC State, you can make money and gain professional experience selling the artwork you create?


Every year, Arts NC State holds a Student Art Sale in which students are allowed to submit their personal artwork and receive compensation for their creativity. You don’t have to be a well-known artist, all levels of talent and ALL majors are welcome to submit to the sale! And this isn’t just a small event that brings in a little bit of cash. The Student Art Sale of 2018 brought in nearly $9,000 worth of student art, and all that money went back into the pockets of the artists.


Furthermore, Arts NC State will purchase original artwork by NC State students to place in their permanent collection that will hang in Talley Student Union or in other locations on campus. They currently have over 130 pieces in their collection.


And in addition to being able to sell your artwork, there is a Visual Artist Award!

The Visual Arts Award categories are for 2D and (new this year!) 3D art. Brandon Cordrey, executive director of the Visual Art Exchange (VAE) will judge the award and select one 2D piece and one 3D piece from the sale to win. The student artists will receive a $500 CASH AWARD, and their pieces will hang in the display case in the Talley Student Union near the Stewart Theatre for the following academic year. Also, the students will be recognized at an annual ceremony. This award is made possible by a generous donation to Arts NC State, which you can learn more about here


If you’re not convinced yet, listen to what a veteran art seller has to say. Jornell Bacon, a graduate student studying Industrial Design in the College of Design, has been successful with submitting and selling his work at the Student Art Sale. Selling his artwork has not been the only advantage of submitting to the Student Art Sale. He says, “I’ve made some great connections through the Art Sale, and gained more exposure as an artist. I even had people contact me about one of my paintings that is being exhibited at the Arts Village.”

“Canal Grande, Venezia 2070” by Jornell Bacon


As for advice on submitting artwork for the first time, Bacon says, “Be confident in what you’re exhibiting, and know what type of story you’re telling. It took me a while to decide what paintings I deemed worthy of showing to the public. Looking back, I realized it was wrong to think that way.”

“Furano” by Jornell Bacon


“By nurturing the development of a style and growing your passion for the craft, every artwork created becomes an extension of you as an artist. Let the art speak for itself and be honest about what your are trying to convey,” he adds.


If you’re ready to submit your artwork, here are the steps:

Rules for art submissions:

  • Only currently enrolled, full-time NC State students can submit artwork.
  • Fill out online form by Friday April 5, 2019: Click here for form
  • Artwork must be priced at $400 or less.
  • Limit five entrees per student.
  • Artwork must be ready to hang. That means in a frame with hooks/wire, or a canvas, or 3D art that can rest on its own
  • Drop off artwork at 3140 Talley on Monday April 8th 11am-5pm
  • Information about pricing your art here:

Students: Fill out online form prior to sale to submit!


In other news… Check out the Student Artist Workshop!

Arts NC State will host Raleigh based artists Angela Zappala and Brett Morris for a workshop on Thursday March 28 at 6pm in the Talley governance chambers, geared towards NC State student artists. They will talk about their respective journeys as professional artists and answer questions about selling work, promoting work, pricing work etc.

Students: feel free to bring photos of artwork to get advice on pricing for the Student Art Sale on April 12.

**Students submitting to the Student Art Sale are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop.**


If you want to learn more about the Student Art Sale from the previous years, and the types of artwork previously submitted, check out this article by The Technician. 


Remember to visit the Arts NC State website to learn about unique and exciting upcoming events! These are opportunities you don’t want to miss!

Have questions or concerns?

For more information, contact Amy Sawyers-Williams in the Arts Outreach & Engagement Office, at 919.513.1044 or email