For Artists

Exhibit Your Art to New Audiences!

Tangible and Digital Works

Show your art where it will be seen!

Art25 invites artists to exhibit artworks in our partner business galleries and participate in themed collective exhibits.

Our mission is to create opportunities that support, advocate, and advance the role of art and artists in the economy.

By partnering with local businesses we intend to increase the visibility, potential sales, and recognition of local artists, while providing businesses with a worthwhile opportunity to support their community by creating and displaying at diverse and changing collection of art that creatively enlivens their business environment for both their customers and employees.

Business owners select from the artists represented on our Artist Pages to display on their walls on a quarterly basis (three month exhibits).

Prepared* artworks rotate every three months, which means, we take down that show, and install the next one.

Other features include: receptions, publicity (e-mail blasts, news releases to an extensive media list, postcards etc., possibly billboards).

Selling artworks:

Each venue varies with regard to selling artwork from the space. Some businesses will sell the art directly from the venue through their register, others allow for display of contact information for the sale of your art. Artist agree to include a 10% commission to ART25 in the price of their artworks.

*Ready to hang wall art: paintings, photography, multi-media collages, prints etc. All art must be ready to hang before you art can be shown to a prospective business client.

By being part of this “co-op” group, you are also expected to take on responsibility for helping with aspects of the process that fit your skill set. So anywhere you see the word "we", means that a member of the group is either overseeing the task, helping or doing it! As the number of artists increase in the group so does the diversity of skills that we can share for our collective and individual benefit.

GOT an idea for a project?

ART25 is a project of The Artist Union. As a group we are working on other projects such as public art, paid school and healthcare facility residencies and fee-based event services such as artist talks, interactive workshops and a directory of freelance services. We are working on other services for artists including business and professional development workshops, and artist supply discounts.

The Artists Union is a an organized effort of artists that hail to a small group of artists in New York the formed an Artist Union in the 1930's. As our first initiative, ART 25 is gathering artists and businesses that agree to exhibit their works. We have 25 venues in New Haven rotating quarterly exhibitions of local artists. The Artist Union and ART 25 is an artist cooperative working to make art more accessible by broadening its audience while enhancing public appreciation for art and artists’ role in the local economy. ART 25 is coined in recognition of the 25 artists that initiated the 1930's Artist Union in in New York City. The below historical description of that group and its impact has been republished from Wikipedia

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HISTORY of the 1930's Artists Union

The Artists Union or Artists' Union was a short-lived union of artists in New York in the years of the Great Depression. It was influential in the establishment of both the Public Works of Art Project in December 1933 and the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration in August 1935. It functioned as the principal meeting-place for artists in the city in the 1930s, and thus had far-ranging effects on the social history of the arts in America.

The Artists Union started in September 1933 as a group of about twenty-five artists who worked for the Emergency Work Bureau, which was soon to be shut down. The group met informally at the John Reed Club and was at first called the Emergency Work Bureau Artists Group, though this was soon changed to become the Unemployed Artists Group. The secretary of the new group was Bernarda Bryson, who had been involved with the Unemployed Councils of the American Communist Party. On 27 October 1933 the group was among the leaders of some three hundred artists who attended a symposium on unemployment at the College Art Association, where they demanded state-funded relief work for artists. In December 1933 the group petitioned Harry L. Hopkins, the administrator of the Civil Works Administration, to provide work in various artistic fields to all unemployed artists. The Public Works of Art Project was established later in the same month.

The administrator of the PWAP for New York was Juliana Force, who was director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. She asked major artists' associations to provide lists of their unemployed, but did not contact the Unemployed Artists Group. On 9 January 1934 the group picketed the Whitney with placards targeting the director, the first of a series of protests. The administration responded with offers of jobs, and it became accepted that artists should be included in the government's work-relief plan. read more wiki link