Like many artists, I am often asked to donate work to charity art auctions—I love doing this to support causes I believe in, but there is a little known downside. While the auctions I participated in this year were successful and raised lots of money for some great organizations—I, as the artist, can only write off the cost of materials for a piece of art donated. Yes this is for real!!! Nothing more. Sometimes we receive a % of the sales price, but often not.I
|Distant Horizon donated 2017|
I read an article by a fellow artist Rachel McCampbell Should Artists Donate to Charity Auctions"
The opening line of the article I have said myself many times..."How many charity events have you attended where a surgeon has donated a hip replacement or a lawyer has donated fifteen hours of their expertise?"
If this resonates with you, please take a look at Rachel's article and think about your next donation. I am not advocating that charity art auctions not take place but that we should open a dialogue with these great organizations we want to support, so that everyone benefits.