Why Artists Join CITY ART

Member artists belong to CITY ART because it's a cooperative gallery, owned and operated by local artists. They like the idea of making their artwork accessible and affordable to hundreds of potential art buyers each week. In addition to selling their art, they understand the importance of belonging to a network of peers who promote and support their creativity. City Art includes artists who have never before show their work in a gallery setting and members with established art careers. We do not insist on exclusive contracts with our artists, and we show a wide range of artistic mediums and styles.

What We Offer Members

Why Artists Join CITY ART

Member artists belong to CITY ART because it's a cooperative gallery, owned and operated by local artists. They like the idea of making their artwork accessible and affordable to hundreds of potential art buyers each week. In addition to selling their art, they understand the importance of belonging to a network of peers who promote and support their creativity. City Art includes artists who have never before show their work in a gallery setting and members with established art careers. We do not insist on exclusive contracts with our artists, and we show a wide range of artistic mediums and styles.

LARGE CLIENT BASE!

Belonging to CITY ART gives you exposure to thousands of new potential customers looking to purchase your art. Our Valencia Street location provides abundant foot traffic from noon to 9 p.m. five days a week. In addition, membership at CITY ART provides you access to hundreds of art buyers on CITY ART’s mailing list. The gallery holds monthly exhibit openings that attract hundreds of potential art buyers to the gallery the first Friday of each month. And CITY ART creates opportunities for you to participate - individually and collectively - in the citywide Open Studios event that puts hundreds of art lovers in front of your work every October.

PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING SUPPORT!

CITY ART offers you the public relations and marketing expertise you’ve been looking for. The gallery has developed media contacts throughout San Francisco and produces monthly press releases that are published in daily and weekly newspapers and magazines. Professional quality postcards are created by CITY ART and distributed, free of charge, to member artists for each month’s exhibit. These postcards save artists the hundreds of dollars creating and printing their own promotional materials would cost.

CITY ART also promotes its shows in art guides and other art-related periodicals, getting your name and art before the public, the media, and most importantly — art buyers.

Membership at CITY ART also offers you on-line promotional opportunities, including a website that acts as an electronic portal between the art-buying public and individual member artists. Our promotional emails broadcast exhibition updates to hundreds of potential art buyers online.

GALLERY EXPERIENCE AND NETWORKING SUPPORT!

CITY ART offers artists higher commissions than almost all other galleries. The artist retains 70 percent of all money generated from the sale of his or her artwork. While most galleries take 50 percent commission or more from a sale, CITY ART retains no more than 30 percent of each sale.

How to Become a Member Artist

Fill out the Application