Questions for Artists

How does an artist get a show?

We connect with the artists who exhibit with us in a variety of ways. Every year we have a juried exhibition with an open call for artists, with a top prize that includes a solo show the following year. We are very active in the local arts community of Williamsport, and look for artists who are also actively supporting the arts and arts events in our region. Artists are also able to submit artwork for review here.

What is the role of the artist?

An exhibition in a gallery is a team effort between the gallery and the artist, and the artist’s role doesn’t stop after creating the artwork. Basic expectations of artists include framing or mounting your work in a professional manner (we can help with this), delivering your work on time, working with us to determine pricing of your work prior to the show, and being present at the opening if possible. The gallery is open six days a week, so if you’re local you should also encourage people to come see your work beyond just the opening night. More involvement from the artist almost always means a more successful exhibition. At Arthaus Projects, we love facilitating events beyond just your opening. This can be an artist talk, a demonstration day, a community event, or anything else you can think of!

What happens when I sell a piece of art?

Hooray! You sold a piece! Art is hard, and it’s always a pleasure not only to get paid, but also to know that someone was moved enough to want your work in their home to enjoy for the rest of their lives. When a piece sells, we notify you and mark it as sold, but the buyer typically doesn’t take it home until the exhibition is over. Once we’re paid, we take our 30% commission and write you a check for the remainder.

How do you pick the artists showcased on your website?

The artists showcased on our website are artists who have consistently gone beyond simply exhibiting art by working with us on a variety of special projects. These projects have ranged from artist lectures, public demonstrations, and curating special shows, to murals with local high school students, artist books, and collaborations with local businesses. You could be featured too! If you have an idea for a special project that is in line with the Arthaus Projects mission, contact us and we’ll let you know how we can help.

Why can't I sell a piece from a show directly to a buyer, and avoid paying the gallery commission?

You could, but we’ll be unlikely to work with you again in the future. As a nonprofit, we only take a 30% commission rather than the industry standard 50%, and aren’t reliant on sales for all our funding. However, those commissions are still an important part of keeping the gallery running, so we can show and promote your work. Running a gallery involves significant overhead costs including rent, staff, and the labor involved in coordinating, hanging, and promoting exhibitions. We always encourage artists to promote their own work and bring people to the gallery, but the gallery is not an appropriate place to sell a piece not on exhibit, and any piece sold from an exhibit should be sold through the gallery. Additionally, if you cultivate a reputation for circumventing galleries, you may have difficulty finding venues willing to exhibit your work.

Questions for Visitors

Can I come in? Is the gallery open when it isn't First Friday or an opening night?

Yes! We’re here so you can see art! We love having people at openings, First Fridays, and special events, but we’re also open Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-6, and Sat 11-5. You don’t have to make an appointment, just come on in.

Does it cost anything to get in?

No! Our mission is to provide a place for artists to show their work, and for the community to see it. Some special events, such as plays or comedy nights, have entry fees or suggested donations to compensate the performers, but it’s always free to visit and look at the art.

What should I do in a Gallery?

Above all, enjoy yourself. You can enjoy the artwork in the gallery at your own pace and in your own way. Exhibitions are generally accompanied by a statement by the artist talking about the works on display, or information about the theme of a group show. You can read these carefully as if you were in a museum, you can ask us questions as your tour guides, or you can glance quickly around and be back outside in under a minute. It’s up to you.

What is the etiquette in the Gallery?

Gallery etiquette centers on respect for the gallery, the artists, and other patrons. You don’t need to whisper, but you shouldn’t need to shout either. Please don’t bring food or drink into the gallery, touch any of the artwork, or enter any non-gallery space in the building.

How do I buy a piece of art? What happens after I buy it?

Hooray! You’re thinking about buying a piece of art! Buying contemporary art from living artists is one of the best ways to support the arts, and you’ll have an original piece you can enjoy for the rest of your life. If this is your first time buying art from a gallery, you may wonder how the process works. First, you let us know which piece you’d like to buy, and we’ll take your payment and mark the piece as unavailable. We can accept cash, checks, or credit cards. Once the exhibition has ended, we’ll contact you to arrange either pickup if you are local, or shipping if you aren’t.

If I see a piece I like at Arthaus Projects, why shouldn't I just buy it directly from the artist?

You might think that if you see a piece you’d like to buy at Arthaus Projects, that it would be better to contact the artist directly so they get all of your money instead of paying the gallery’s commission. This works out badly for everyone in the end though. Running a gallery involves significant overhead costs including rent, staff, and the labor involved in coordinating, hanging, and promoting exhibitions. As a nonprofit, we only take a 30% commission rather than the industry standard 50%, and aren’t reliant on sales for all our funding. However, those commissions are still an important part of keeping the gallery running. Without the gallery, the artists don’t have a place to show their work, and you would never have seen it. Additionally, an artist with a reputation for circumventing galleries will have a hard time finding other venues in which to exhibit, so you aren’t doing them any favors either.

I don't like this kind of art.

That’s okay! Art is very subjective, and it can have value even if you don’t like it. You might dislike a piece due to the technique, the subject matter, the execution, or any number of other things. Thinking about what you dislike in one piece can help you appreciate the things you do like in others, and is just as good a starting point for a conversation as what you enjoy. At Arthaus Projects, we do our best to show a wide variety of contemporary art, so if the current exhibit isn’t for you, it’s always worth checking out the next one.

General Questions

Why are you a non profit?

Being a nonprofit allows us to focus on our core goals of making art accessible to the Williamsport community, and providing opportunities for local and regional artists, without being entirely dependent on sales. This means we’re able to take a 30% commission on art sales instead of the industry standard 50%. Additionally, non-profit status gives us funding for community events such as the CMY5K Run for Art and Art Fair.

Do you need any help?

We can always use volunteers! If you’d like to help, please join our volunteer mailing list, and we’ll keep you in the loop. Thank you!

How often do exhibitions change?

We present eight exhibitions a year, which change every 1.5 months. Click here to see our calendar.

How is art priced?

Pricing art is hard, and is often a collaborative effort between the artist and the gallery. The price of a piece has to cover not only the time it takes the artist to create it, but also their cost of living, supplies such as paint or canvas, framing costs, transportation to and from the gallery, and the expenses of the gallery such as rent, electricity, staff, and so on.

How does a Gallery make money?

Commercial galleries make money almost entirely through commission on art sales. As a nonprofit, we’re not dependent entirely on commissions, but they are still an important contributor to keeping the lights on. We also receive funding through grants, donations, entry fees to the annual juried show, and fundraisers throughout the year.

How do you plan your shows?

Every year we hold a themed juried show in the summer, which means we accept entries from artists all over the world and exhibit the best entries as chosen by a jury of local artists and members of the community. The top artist is then awarded a solo show at the gallery the following year. The remaining six shows are curated by our staff, or artists who have presented a compelling concept for a group exhibition and take the lead coordinating the artists.

What happens at an opening?

On the opening night of a show the gallery stays open late, and the artist or artists in the show are usually in attendance. This is a great opportunity for the public to speak with the artists about their work, and for the artist to connect with the community. Sometimes there will be an additional event, such as an artist talk or presentation.

I know someone who is an artist. You should show their work!

Every year we have a juried exhibition with an open call for artists, with a top prize that includes a solo show the following year. We are very active in the local arts community of Williamsport, and look for artists who are also actively supporting the arts and arts events in our region. Artists are also able to submit artwork for review here.

What is the role of the Gallery?

The gallery has several roles. The most obvious one is providing and maintaining the physical space where art is shown, but there are many less obvious, and equally important responsibilities that fall to the gallery. The gallery aids in pricing decisions, promotion in print and online, coordinating artists for group shows, arranging and hanging exhibitions, packaging and shipping artwork, maintaining artist profiles on our website, and handling all financial transactions.

Why is framing so expensive?

Custom framing has a wide range of options, and pricing has an equally wide range depending on which options you choose and the size of the piece being framed. All the materials we use are archival, which means they won’t degrade the object being framed over time, and all our glass is UV protecting. Additionally, our framing experts work with you to choose just the right mattes and mouldings to make your piece look its best, and assemble everything by hand at our location.