Artists from Sacramento and beyond are encouraged to submit their work to the 2023 Art Auction Season to help support the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibitions and community-building programs and classes. We hope you will be one of these artists! Your contribution to this annual fundraiser directly benefits the thousands of children, families, and adults served by the Museum every year.

Artists may choose to submit artwork to the Art Auction for consideration, donate a work to Big Names, Small Art (BNSA), or both! All entries for Art Auction and BNSA must be submitted online through their respective forms. Art submission forms that are emailed or sent through the mail will not be accepted.

Please read through the submission guidelines and requirements below before submitting. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST.

SUBMIT TO ART AUCTION

SUBMIT TO BIG NAMES, SMALL ART


For more information, download the PDF.


Submission Guidelines

Artists may submit works for both opportunities. Please prepare the following materials prior to filling out the online forms:

  1. High-quality image of the artwork(s) you are submitting
    1. Filename: LastName_ArtworkTitle
    2. Dimensions: 2000 x 2000 px or bigger
    3. Resolution: 300 dpi
    4. File size: 10 MB or less
    5. Accepted file formats: .jpg or .png
  2. Details of the artwork(s) you are submitting
    1. Title
    2. Date created
    3. Medium
    4. Size
    5. Fair Market Value (FMV).

For Art Auction Only:

  • Artist biography that is up-to-date and reflects your experience and background as an artist.
  • Curriculum Vitae (optional)

DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 11:59 PM PST

Artwork submitted for Art Auction will be reviewed by a panel of Museum staff and other art professionals who will select art for the Silent and Live Auctions. Artists will be notified by the end of March if their artworks have been accepted or declined for the Art Auction.

All artworks that meet BNSA submission requirements will be accepted. BNSA artists will receive additional information after submissions close.

Submission Requirements

  • Artist Eligibility: Local, national, and international artists 18 years of age or older are eligible to submit to the Art Auction and/or BNSA. The artist may be in any phase of their career.
  • The artist must be able to deliver the artwork to the Museum either in person or via mail. All associated expenses are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Artwork Eligibility: All artworks submitted to Art Auction or BNSA must be originals (no giclée prints)
    • Artworks may be in any media, but must be ready for display:
      • Two-dimensional work must be ready to hang with the appropriate hardware.
  • All entries for Art Auction and BNSA must be submitted online through their respective forms. Art submission forms that are emailed or sent through the mail will not be accepted.
  • Once submitted, artworks must not be altered or exchanged for another work.
  • The Museum reserves the right to reject any artwork that does meet the requirements or is in poor condition.

ART AUCTION

  • Up to three finished works may be submitted for consideration, but only one work may be accepted. Due to the volume of submissions, not all artists will have a work selected.
  • Different sizes and price points are encouraged.
  • Artworks must be no more than 80 inches in height and may not exceed 40 inches in width.
  • Artwork may not weigh more than 200 pounds.
  • Based on the fair market value set by the artist, a minimum bid of 35% will be required to open bidding.
  • Artists may donate 100% of the sale proceeds or choose to keep 50% of the proceeds collected on the sale of the artwork up to 125% of the fair market value, and proceeds that go above that will be considered a donation to the Museum.

BIG NAMES, SMALL ART (BNSA)

  • Only one work per artist may be submitted. All submitted works that meet the submission requirements for BNSA are accepted.
  • Artwork can be in any media but must be 12 x 12 inches or less unframed (maximum 14 inches framed).
  • Bidding on each piece starts at $25, regardless of the work’s fair market value.
  • 100% of the proceeds from the sale of artworks benefit the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.

Questions

If you have questions about submitting artworks to Art Auction or BNSA, or you need assistance with the submission form, please contact Ariana Young, Development Associate at artauction@crockerartmuseum.org or (916) 808-7843.

You may also contact Ariana if you need to edit a submitted form before the February 28 deadline.


About the 2023 Art Auction Season

The 2023 Art Auction Season is a mix of virtual and in-person events highlighting works of art available for purchase. Money raised during this annual fundraiser supports the Crocker Art Museum’s exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, as well as community-building programs and classes.

The Art Auction consists of the virtual Silent Auction and the in-person Live Auction. Works selected for the Silent and Live auctions are featured in an exhibition that will be on view in the Museum from May 18 – June 4, as well as in the 2023 Art Auction catalogue. Works up to 80 x 40 inches in all media are welcome for these two auctions, and artists may donate 100% of the sale proceeds or choose to keep 50% of the proceeds collected on the sale of the artwork up to 125% of the fair market value, and proceeds that go above that will be considered a donation to the Museum.

BNSA is also a virtual auction that draws a large, global audience of new and season art collectors, but all works must be 12 x 12 inches or smaller and bidding starts at $25 regardless of the work's fair market value.

The virtual auctions are hosted on the online auction platform Bidsquare. All in-person events take place at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.