The article immediately below was originally published on September 9, 2012
Fine Art America
The idea of opening exhibits to every artist who wishes to participate is a venerable and laudable tradition in America. Perhaps the most famous example is the Society of Independent Artists founded by John Sloan and other artists in 1916. This Society's egalitarian principles were sorely tested, and failed, when Marcel Duchamp anonymously submitted a urinal, entitled Fountain, as a work of art. The piece was rejected and Duchamp resigned.
I'm reminded of this story while looking at the site for Fine Art America. I really do like the site. Artists of all styles can post their work online, set their own prices and let FAA handle the actual printing, framing and shipping. This, of course, is classic "Print On Demand" technology applied to graphics just as it is currently used in book publishing.
The site is well designed, has reasonable policies, and appears to be operated in a businesslike manner. The most detailed review I could find, in Digital Image Magazine, is generally very positive.
Since FAA's standard package is free, there really is not much to lose. Though based on the prices I saw, there does not seem much opportunity for artists to make a great deal of money, there definitely are artworks being sold. Theoretically, at least, it could become a viable marketplace for those artists not represented by traditional galleries. I think John Sloan would be intrigued.
The article below was originally published on September 12, 2012
Source for Comparison of Print on Demand Services
Searching online for a service similar to Fine Art America, I came across Imagekind which is owned by Cafe Press. It's another very professional looking site and offers pretty much the same services as FAA. It's difficult to see the differences between them or to know which is better for my purposes. Of course, I could try both and make a decision later.
One good source I found for making comparisons among the various POD services was a site called Big Sun Photography which provides faily detailed pros and cons for each. The reviews definitely helped with my decision making.