Wichita, KS, March 02, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Artist Become (ArtistBe.com), the new online community for creating, selling and buying artwork online, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Since its official launch in March 2011, artists and art lovers from around the world have been connecting on the online platform.
Artist Become is an online platform providing tools and resources to enable emerging and established artists to showcase and sell their artwork and connect with the global art community. In its first year, more than 500 independent artists from around the world were signed to the community.
The online community is the latest venture of overstockArt.com, the go-to source on the web for purchasing art reproduction oil paintings. “Our commitment to art and the art world started with overstockArt.com, we wanted to branch out and give art lovers around the world a chance to find the next great artists of our generation,” said David Sasson, president and CEO of overstockArt.com. “Artist Become gives artists the ultimate platform to become recognized for their work and to make a living out of their creations.”
Artist Become provides a unique means for emerging artists to be discovered, and to assist established professionals in finding new clients without relying on agents. Fellow artists and art lovers can connect and communicate with other community members, comment and rate each other's artwork and become fans of other members. The site utilizes the latest in social networking features such as sharing via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Artwork found on the site can be purchased as an original piece of art directly from the artist, or as museum-quality fine art prints. Fine art prints come in a variety of sizes; pricing is dictated by the individual artists. Since the site’s launch, many new features have been added including a new custom frame shop application.
“I don’t think artists are aware of the power of utilizing a tool like Artist Become,” said Sasson. “Our online community provides artists with a much larger market than they would find in small galleries, dependent on foot traffic. Our audience is the global art community and our member artists have a chance to get their work in front of the eyes of millions of potential art buyers online.”
Sasson says the company’s goals for the year ahead are two-fold: to expand technology and keep growing the community. The online community plans on doing both in part by further interlacing with the social realm to make the site more integrated in the current social networks and interactions of its members.
In addition to expanding its reach in the social media realm, Sasson says they plan on adapting overstockArt.com’s acclaimed augmented reality feature, “View in a Room,” for Artist Become. The innovative web tool will allow customers to view selected works of art in different room environments or to upload images of their rooms and see how the art will look on their own wall.
“This technology has revolutionized the way people purchase wall art online,” he explained. “It will give our member artists the unique ability to make purchasing their artwork online a personalized and interactive experience.”
Since its launch, Artist Become has successfully engaged the global art community, member artist’s hail from the company’s Wichita, Kan. headquarters throughout the United States, to Canada; Poland; Vietnam; Germany; and England; to name a few places. There is no cost to join and members can sell their art without commission fees. Artists receive royalties for every canvas reproduction sold. New members can join at any time, and sign up by contacting www.ArtistBe.com.
About Artist Become:
Artist Become (ArtistBe.com), is the new online community for contemporary artists around the world, providing tools and resources to enable artists to pursue their artistic and professional goals. Artist Become is owned and managed by overstockArt.com, one of the web’s leading distributors of online reproduction oil paintings. For more information, visit http://www.ArtistBe.com.
overstockArt.com is one of the web’s most successful distributors of wall décor items with more than 20,000 daily visitors and 120,000 loyal customers. In business since 2002, the company provides decorating assistance, custom framing and commercial wall decorating services. With an inventory of more than 60,000 paintings and more than 100,000 wall décor combinations to choose from in stock at all times, order wait is minimal. The Wichita-based online art gallery was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. in the 2010 Inc. 500|5000 list. For more information, visit http://www.overstockArt.com.