Community Supported Art is an exciting new model of artistic production and distribution that supports artists in the creation of new work and helps them establish relationships with local collectors and patrons. Modeled after the ethos of community supported agriculture, the concept is simple — collectors buy a share of art at the beginning of a season that is comprised of locally-produced pieces of art by jury-selected artists. Over the course of the season, collectors can meet participating artists and other members at meet and greet events before receiving their art works at a final pick-up event. You can learn how community supported art got started with Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org.
2017 CSArtists have been selected!
Come to the CSArt Preview Show, Friday February 3rd 5:00-8:00 at the Omaha Design Center (1502 Cuming St.) Meet the artists and see the work before you buy a share!
This year we are introducing two levels for shareholders: Patron and Collector. Both levels get you tickets to all Meet the Artists events, as well as the final Harvest pick up event for yourself and one guest!
Patron: Patron shares are similar to last year, $350 for 9 works of art by various artists. Think of it as a "taste" of work from 9 local artists. These works will be series-driven, as each artist will be creating 50. All work is carefully selected and curated for quality, and made specifically for CSArt Omaha 2017! There are 50 shares at the $350 Patron level.
Collector: New this year, Collector shareholders are able to dive in a little deeper to 4 chosen artists' work. Shares are $1,000 for 4 works of art by various artists. These works will be larger, one-off art works, with each artist creating 10. All work is carefully selected and curated for quality, and made specifically for CSArt Omaha 2017! There are 10 shares at the $1,000 Collector level.
Shares went on sale Monday, February 6th at 10:00 am. Click here to purchase a share >>
Artists for both levels will be announced in January, with a curated art show at the Omaha Design Center showcasing each artist's existing work. You will be able to meet the artists and see their work before you buy a share for either level. The work will be created after you buy a share, and will be new work. Similar to buying a CSA from a farm, there is an element of surprise as to what shows up in your crate at the end of 5 months!
All works are created specifically for CSArt Omaha, and all are original, although some may be serialized, signed, and numbered limited editions. Dimensions and media of the works vary, and may include both two and three-dimensional objects.
Shareholder dollars go directly to supporting artist stipends and the administration of the program.
All sales of CSA memberships are final. No refunds or exchanges will be granted.
Applications are closed for 2017
We are proud to announce increased artist stipends and two levels of participation for our CSArt program this year! All mediums are welcome, as well as artist collaborations. You are applying to create new work for CSArt Omaha 2017. You will have approximately 5 months to complete this work. Chosen artists are announced in January.
Patron: 9 artists will be selected for the Patron level. The stipend is $1,500 to create 50 works. This works out to about $30 wholesale per piece. We are looking for exciting work that can be created in multiples.
Collector: 4 artists will be selected for the Collector level. The stipend is $2,000 to create 10 works. This works out to about $200 wholesale per piece. We are looking for cutting edge work that will stand on it's own as 10 original pieces.
These levels are not about better artists or work, more the format of the work. We are looking for exceptional artists at both levels! If your art lends itself to work in multiples, apply for the Patron level. If your work stands better as larger, original pieces, apply for the Collector level. You are allowed to apply for both, but please use different project proposals for each.
Selected artists also
receive the benefits of:
- meeting new patrons and collectors
- connecting with other local artists
- marketing their work
- gaining publicity throughout the community
Throughout the spring while art is being made, OCI will host Meet the Artists events that bring shareholders, program sponsors, and artists together to cultivate long-term relationships.
- Artists working in all types of media and at all levels of experience are invited to apply. Collaborations welcome!
- All artists maintaining a residence in the Omaha metro are eligible to apply.
- Curators will select a diverse group of artists based on their artistic excellence, diversity of media, and ability to execute the number of works required.
- You may apply for both levels, but please use 2 different project proposals (not the same project for both). You will need to pay the application fee for each. You can only be chosen for one level for each CSArt cycle.
- If you have been a CSArtist before, apply again! We have no rule against being in the program more than once!
- By applying, you agree to submit one existing piece to the CSArt Preview Show at the Omaha Design Center, February 3rd.