A new Austin startup is hoping to connect student artists with potential buyers.
ArtStartArt says it plans to “curate and sell the best work coming out of studio art programs around the country” at artstartart.com.
The first sale, which kicked off this week, features works from three schools: the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University in San Marcos and Trinity University in San Antonio.
About 250 pieces of art are up for sale this round, which lasts three weeks.
“We’re really excited students are participating in this first sale,” founder Erik Culver said. “We want to give them a way to learn to market their work, discover their audience, make some extra money while in school and ultimately sell their work and feel empowered. It is truly is an amazing experience selling your own artwork.”
In addition to helping the participating artists, a portion of the proceeds will also go toward scholarships at each school, according to Culver.
A UT fine arts graduate who later returned to get an MBA, Culver said when he left school he found himself with tons of artwork he’d created during his time on campus. His friends, meanwhile, had bare walls.
The idea for ArtStartArt was born.
“Bottom line is, we really believe students are making amazing artwork and we want to help them share it with the world,” Culver said.
This is the second art-related startup to launch in Austin in the last year.
In October, HomeAway co-founder Brian Sharples announced he was launching a company called Twyla that sells limited-edition artwork by leading artists.
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