Donating Artist Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for considering a donation of artwork to Pilchuck Glass School's Auction Gala! Please review the frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, contact Kate Wilhelmi at kwilhelmi@pilchuck.org

 

HOW TO APPLY?

The online application to donate artwork closed on Friday, June 26.  

Don't ship your work yet! All work will be juried online. Please supply several images of the piece you wish to donate. Please WAIT to ship your artwork until you have received an acceptance notification from Pilchuck.

NEW IN 2020

We are excited to announce that this year's auction will feature, for the first time ever, virtual components that will allow participation from around the world and potential exposure to a vast new audience.

With that consideration, we will be limiting the number of LIVE and SILENT auction items. Artwork accepted through our Open-Call Application process will be included in the new, online auction portion of the event.

Also, in order to better support artists this year, we have increased artist commission options for the 2020 Auction. We invite you to select to receive up to a 40% commission. 

 

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?

All application forms should be submitted online before Friday, June 26, 2020 for inclusion.

Other important dates:

  • July 3: Acceptance notifications sent
  • July 15: Designated drop-off date at Pilchuck Gallery in Seattle, Washington - must schedule an appointment
  • July 22: all artwork must be mailed to Pilchuck Campus in Stanwood, Washington

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DONATING?

By donating, you are supporting Pilchuck Glass School, which fosters and educates a worldwide community that explores the creative use of glass in art and design. Your donation, as part of the annual auction, supports campus operations and programs.

As a donating artist, your work will be professionally displayed at this event, whether online or in-person, where it will be viewed by artists and collectors alike. Your work will also be professionally photographed for the print and online catalog.

Additionally, if you are donating 100% of your artwork to the auction you are eligible to receive an exclusive invitation to Pilchuck Celebrates and/or our 50th Anniversary Honorary event in 2021.

Increased Artist Commissions: In order to better support artists this year, we have increased artist commission options for the 2020 Auction. We invite you to select to receive either a 40% or 20% commission. Your choice will remain confidential.

DO I NEED TO SUBMIT A PHOTO?

Yes. For the purposes of the online application this year, you may submit up to five images showing the detail of your piece. The application images do not need to be professional-quality.

If wish to submit a professional image to be considered for the catalog, you may submit it with your application. Otherwise, Pilchuck will professionally photograph all accepted auction donations for the online and print catalog.

WHERE DO I SHIP MY ART?

Don't ship your work until you have received an acceptance letter. Acceptance notifications will be sent by July 3.

After your work has been accepted into the auction, please ship your artwork donation to Pilchuck's Stanwood Campus by Wednesday, July 22:

Pilchuck Glass School
ATTN: Kate Wilhelmi
1201 316th Street
Stanwood, WA 98292              

If you receive a tracking number, please forward it to Kate Wilhelmi at kwilhelmi@pilchuck.org so we know it is on the way!

WILL PILCHUCK PAY FOR MY SHIPPING?

The cost of shipment is the sole responsibility of the artist.

I’M LOCAL! WHERE CAN I DROP OFF MY ART?

After your work has been accepted into the auction, you will receive an email with drop-off options.

We will be holding a designated drop-off day at the Pilchuck Gallery in Seattle on July 15 for artists to drop off their artwork in-person. By appointment only. Details to follow.

HOW IS ARTWORK CHOSEN TO BE INCLUDED IN THE AUCTION GALA?

This year's LIVE and SILENT auctions will be limited. Artwork accepted through our Open-Call Application process will be included in the new, online auction portion of the event.

A jury of art professionals uses the following criteria to select and place artwork for the auction:

  • Aesthetic and technical quality
  • Marketability and audience appeal
  • Ensuring a range of price points to accommodate both entry level and experienced collectors

WHAT IS THE "JUROR'S CHOICE AWARD"?

After reviewing the artwork, the jury will recommend pieces that represent this year’s most innovative and quality auction pieces. These selected works will be highlighted in the auction and the auction catalog.

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF MY PIECE HAS BEEN SELECTED?

We will notify all applicants by July 3, 2020.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PIECE IS NOT SELECTED BY THE JURY?

As this year's LIVE and SILENT auctions will be limited, if your piece is not selected, we hope you'll consider donating again in the future.

WHEN IS THE AUCTION GALA, AND DO I GET TO ATTEND?

Of course! This year’s Auction Gala will be held on Saturday, October 17 at Fremont Studios in Seattle.

Unfortunately, with event restrictions due to COVID-19, in lieu of Auction Artists Tickets we would like to offer artists donating 100% of the proceeds from their artwork sale an exclusive invitation to Pilchuck Celebrates and/or our 50th Anniversary Honorary event in 2021. Details to follow.


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Please contact Kate Wilhelmi at kwilhelmi@pilchuck.org.