RESEARCH YOUR ART
For general information about an artist, we recommend you start at your local public library. Additionally, there are numerous reliable websites where one can find information about artists. Websites such as ArtNet, AskArt, ArtForum, and Art News provide information about artists, exhibitions, and current events in the art world.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has many useful tips and resources on topics like finding the value of your art, discovering its history, and how to care for it.
CARING FOR YOUR ART
APPRAISING YOUR ARTWORK
The American Alliance of Museums and the Internal Revenue Service prohibit the Hunter Museum staff from providing monetary valuations or appraisals for works of art.
If you are interested in receiving an official appraisal, please contact a professional appraiser who is a member of a recognized professional society of appraisers.
You can also compare your art to similar works recently sold at auction.
Donating Art to the Hunter
All potential gifts must go through an extensive vetting process with the Curatorial staff, the Director, and the Acquisitions Committee. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Please contact Nandini Makrandi, Chief Curator, with questions about a possible donation or the process.
EXHIBITING WORK AT THE HUNTER
Please email or mail a letter of interest to Chief Curator, Nandini Makrandi. The letter should be accompanied by:
- 10-20 images of proposed work
- A resume
- Any critical reviews
- A SASE for return of any non-digital materials. You will receive a response in 6-8 weeks.
Staff will critically evaluate the submission packet, conduct independent research, and apply the following criteria:
- Artists should have national recognition consisting of solo gallery and/or museum exhibitions and critical reviews.
- Emerging artists will be considered for an exhibition if their work is especially innovative in media or in response to social issues.
- Artwork should be inventive, challenging, and thought provoking.
- Other factors that influence an exhibition decision include–but are not limited to–the following:
- Exhibit offers diversity; both in terms of artists represented and in types of media. For example, film and installations are under represented at the Hunter and the staff is interested in exploring opportunities to work with artists working in those areas.
- Exhibit brings work to the area that has not been available before.
- Art coordinates and balances with both the Hunter Museum permanent collection and overall exhibition schedule.