Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mindy Ross and Christopher West Seek Contemporary Consignment Art

Mindy Ross and Christopher West are seeking consignments in contemporary art for the first in a series of contemporary art auctions to be held on Friday evening, May 21, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm at Dan Ripley Auctions (2764 E 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220). The auction will include lots consigned directly from artists as well as pieces from the secondary market and will include a mix of local, regional and national artists.

For more information or to propose contemporary art or design for the auction, please contact either Mindy or Christopher by email using the information below:

Mindy Taylor Ross--
Christopher West--

christopher west presents
646 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46204

Why are we doing this?
To support the growth of offerings in contemporary art in Central Indiana and to support the growth of our Indiana-based artists and organizations in this tough economic time. In addition to helping to generate sales for you, this initial auction has a charitable benefit--5% of the hammer price of each artwork will be donated by Ripley to the Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. We're all struggling and we need to support each other. This charitable contribution does NOT effect your net from the sale. It is a donation given by the auction house from their proceeds.

Why should you consider being involved?
For the same reasons stated above and to work to establish a secondary market record for your work. Additionally, this outlet offers you a new way to reach buyers outside of the Indianapolis-area through Ripley's marketing efforts and his well established network of on-line and phone buyers.

What you can do to help?
Consign great pieces of contemporary art and design and tell your patrons and supporters to come out and buy on May, 21st! We'll be crafting emails to potential buyers who may not know a lot about auctions. We want to demystify the auction process and to have everyone come out, have fun, and BUY SOME ART. This is NOT just for experienced auction buyers.

Here are the details:
Up to 75% of the sales price is paid out to you! Consignments from individual artists will have a 25-35% commission to the auction house, which is far less then most contemporary galleries are able to accept when working with emerging artists. All consignments will be published in a 4-color print and on-line catalogue. The auction will be advertised in local and national print publications and on prominent on-line sites such as Sales results may be listed on (meaning you too may get listed on!

To propose consignments for the sale send us ASAP the following information via email to the addresses above:
Digital images of work available for consignment. Please be sure each image is titled to match a corresponding description list. (There are no image size requirements but please be sure it is a good clear image of the work.)
A Word Document that contains descriptions of each artwork and which clearly corresponds with the names of the digital image files. Descriptions should contain:
Your contact information [include US mailing address, email address and phone number(s)]
Title of the work, Year of execution
The price that you believe you would normally be able to sell this work for in a gallery setting.
Any descriptive information that you think would be helpful for our consideration and/or for a catalogue description

We will notify you about pieces we are interested in consigning. A consignment form will need to be executed for each artwork.

All artworks will need to be delivered to Dan Ripley's auction house by Monday, April 19th, 2010 so they may be photographs and logged for the catalogue.

When is this Happening?
Thursday, May 20th, 2010--Preview party at Ripley's Auction House (time TBD)
Friday, May 21st, 2010--Live auction here in Indy (time tentatively set for 5-8pm)

And where?
Dan Ripley Auctions
2764 East 55th Place
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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