Associate Member Prospectus
Associate membership offers online access to selling work on our 1stdibs.com storefront , as well as participation in one annual associate group show, in August of each year. This is a low residency membership, and members do not participate in daily operations and decision-making. Applicants must have strong computer skills. Associate membership is capped at twenty members, which limits the number of spaces available in any given year.
1stdibs.com is a well-respected 3rd party online retailer of fine art and luxury goods that works exclusively with galleries. Our reach is greatly extended with this online platform, which has proven itself to be successful over a very short period of time. The beauty of 1stdibs is that buyers see this as a curated marketplace, because galleries are vetted in advance. 1stdibs also does phenomenal marketing (just sign up and see how often you see their ads), and reaches an international clientele that we would never be able to reach on our own.
Associate Online Members are selected by an application process juried by a committee of Core Members. Applications for new Associate members are accepted on a rolling basis, and renew annually in the anniversary month of joining. Applications are accepted online ONLY. There is no fee to apply; the application is competitive, and artists are not guaranteed acceptance.
This level of membership could be right for you if you have a lot of available work, particularly larger, even earlier work that is top quality and languishing in your studio. It also could be right if you have a busy schedule, and are not in a position to do the staffing and/or administrative work that the Core membership requires.
Associate membership may not be a good fit for you if you don’t have a lot of work to sell right now, or if you have difficulty with spreadsheets and computer work (although you could find someone to help you with this.)
ASSOCIATE MEMBER BENEFITS
Limited to 20 Associate Online Members
1stDibs third party online fine art retail website
1 yearly group exhibition (August)
Sales commission of 60/40 (Artist/Gallery)
1 free submission to yearly juried call-for-art exhibition
Gallery website representation (includes 1 artwork image with link to 1stDibs)
ASSOCIATE MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
$750/yr paid in full on renewal date
A one-time commitment fee of $150
1 year commitment, renewable annually
30 day written notice on termination of membership
The application for Associate Membership is online only. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and are juried by a committee of Core Members.
To apply, please submit the following information using the link to the application form above.
Current CV/Exhibition History
Image list (.pdf or .docx) sheet listing title, media, dimensions, price, and date created for the corresponding images included below.
5 jpeg images of artwork created within the past three years. FILES MUST BE LABELED artist last name_title.jpg
Upload JPEG files, 300dpi, 6 in. longest side, max file size 2MB. If this is a 3D piece, you may upload one additional image.
Questions? Feel free to CONTACT US for more information.