Ars Longa 009

Ars Longa 009

Title: Falling 005; Size: 6×8; Media: Paper, ink, silk organza, acetate

To Whom It May Concern:

I want you to know that even though I donated a piece of mail art to your Spring Into Art fundraiser, I almost did not. I would like for you to understand why I almost did not donate, so I’ll explain.

The following paragraph is from your solicitation email: “Additionally, you’ll benefit from exposure of your name to those who attend the event. Donors will be listed on the event program and on our website, and the Mail Art you donate will be on display through the event.  As a donor, you will receive one free ticket for admission, so you’ll be able to meet prospective customers and even possibly find a few bargains of your own.”

You wrote in part: “Additionally, you’ll benefit from exposure of your name to those who attend the event…”

Every artist in the world knows that although this may be true, that it will amount to pretty much nothing. When dealing with artists like me, it might be of more benefit to you to not pretend that there is an exchange. Acknowledge that it’s a straight up donation from the artist to you – after all, the artist gets nothing really, not even a reasonable tax deduction – and then the artist makes a decision based on what the artist is willing to give or not give.

You also wrote: “…and even possibly find a few bargains of your own…”

What? Are you selling the work for $2.00? No artist wants to see their work described as a “bargain”, marked down for some supporter of some institution. This terminology degrades the work, the beautiful work that the artist works so hard to make, and puts it in the category of commercial stock. Mass produced stuff from Asia. Dollar store stuff.

I felt used, that you were using me and thought that I would not notice, and I almost did not donate.

A version of the paragraph that I might have found less annoying:

Artists/donors will be listed on the event program and on our website. As an artist/donor you will receive one ticket for admission, so you’ll be able to be present at the event and chat with patrons of the gallery, and, perhaps, get a smoking deal on some treasures you can’t live without…

That said, I’ve sent the piece, I wish you well, and I hope your fundraiser is a great success.

All the best,

thisCassandra

~ by thiscassandra on Wednesday 23 April 2014.

3 Responses to “Ars Longa 009”

  1. You don’t even get a deduction?

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