American Art Collector provides artists a juried, affordable vehicle to display their work in an elegant, art book format. Each edition includes over 260 painters, sculptors, craftspeople, photographers, and printmakers.
Now in its thirteenth year, 3000 copies are printed to art-book standards. Books are mailed to galleries and art consultants. The work is posted online in large format, both by edition and media.
Jurors are California College of the Arts painting instructor Howard Eige and Oakland gallery owner Jan Christensen-Heller.
There is no jury fee. A $225 participation fee* for those juried in includes: one page in the book, six finished copies, and 800 postcards (6" x 4.25", 4c/1c). The deadline is May 2nd. Publication is September 25th.
Our books were described as "stunning" by the San Francisco Chronicle and "works of art in themselves" by the Sacramento Bee.
To submit your work, please complete our form. Resolution of 350 ppi (when sized to 6") is needed for printing. Leave the image in its current file format and color space.
*$225 if paid by check, $234 by credit card
How are books distributed?
We direct mail books to art galleries, art consultants, and collectors. Participants assist in distribution by giving a book to collectors when making a sale. A partial list is posted here.
To order the current American Art Collector, order online or mail a check for $23 to:
930 Dwight Way #7
Berkeley, CA 94710
Shipping is included. CA residents please add 9.8% tax ($25.25).
What file formats do you accept?
High resolution digital files should be at least 300 ppi (preferably 350 ppi) when sized to 6 inches at the largest dimension. Either TIFFs or JPGs are fine.
Leave images in their current RGB color space. We will assign that space, then convert to our printers CMYK ICC profile.
What are the printing specifications?
We have published thirty books since 2002 using the same Hong Kong art book printer. Specifications are:
Cover - 260 GSM Artboard (soft)
Text - 128 GSM Japanese Art Gloss
Binding - smythe sewn
Book size - 8.5" h x 6" w
Card size - 4.25" h x 6" w
We often receive compliments on the quality of the publication.
What media are included?
AAC includes: painting, photography, printing, digital art, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, collage, new media, and mixed media.
Who are your jurors?
Jurors have included California College of the Arts instructors Howard Eige, Clay Jensen and Pamina Traylor, gallery owners Virginia Breier and Jan Christensen-Heller, photographers Glenn Steiner and Michael Reichmann, and Carol McCusker, Curator for the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA).
What kind of response do artists get?
Many artists secure new gallery representation or received calls from collectors from being in AAC. Those that monitor web traffic often see a bump in October-December after the book comes out.
With over 250 artists in each book, of course not everyone gets a direct response. Artists who give a copy away with a sale (or mail books to their collectors) and make good use of the postcards find they get value from participation.
Are you connected to the magazine of the same name?
No. We had been publishing American Art Collector as a quarterly for two years when they began in 2006.