Frequently Asked Questions

Creation of Self - ArtLifting

Artwork: Creation of Self by Kae

Please see below for answers to commonly asked questions. If we still have note answered your questions, please contact us.

Artists & Community

There are numerous ways artists are identified that align with our mission and market needs. Typically, artists are located through one of the following methods: referral from partner organizations, clients, or other artists, social media, published articles, or exhibitions that are exclusive to the populations ArtLifting represents. If you are an independent artist you can learn more about ArtLifting’s application process below.

If you are interested in professional representation by ArtLifting, please email

You will receive a pre-application to complete and submit if you would like to be added to ArtLifting’s Interested Artist List.

Due to the nature of our mission, business, and market, the application process is competitive because of the volume of applicants and the amount of talent in our artist community.

Once a quarter (every 3 months) we will follow up with artists who are prompt and professional communicators, whose work creatively aligns with the needs and preferences of the corporate art market, and who are committed to investing in and developing their artistic careers.

ArtLifting Community Partners are integral to our founding and continued day-to-day local support for represented artists. They provide critical care, guidance, education, and materials for their community of artists regardless if they are represented by ArtLifting.

ArtLifting is focused on investing in current Community Partners. New Community Partners will be established as the need and opportunity for growth presents itself. If your program is interested in learning more partnering with ArtLifting would entail, please email and we will follow up with the next steps.

ArtLifting recognizes that there are varied preferences around terms related to disability and housing insecurity. The community of ArtLifting artists is also incredibly diverse. We generally use person-first language as a standard as ArtLifting artists have communicated this preference. We will accommodate requests for preferred language as long as it is in line with ArtLifting’s values. 

Represented artists are surveyed regularly in addition to ArtLifting’s CEO meeting with our Artist Advisory Board to gain insights into the community’s preferences regarding language in addition to other pertinent topics. The Advisory Board is comprised of 6 Artists serving a one-year term. 

We choose to use the phrase “impacted by'' to draw attention to the societal impacts of being an artist with a disability or an artist experiencing housing insecurity. The experiences of having a disability or navigating housing insecurity create unique barriers for artists to participate in the creative economy and earn income from their work. Our mission is to remove these barriers while combating stigma and stereotypes, so ArtLifting artists can pursue their dreams and artistic careers. 

Artist bios on the ArtLifting website are written in partnership with each artist to reflect their language preferences, which can vary by individual. Artists approve the language that appears in their bios, on artwork plaques, and provide ArtLifting with guidance and permission for how to share details about their unique lived experiences. We believe it’s important to recognize and honor individual language preferences.

One of our favorite resources regarding language and disability is Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally by Emily Ladau. We encourage anyone interested to check out this resource and speak directly with people from your community to learn more about their language preferences.

We accept payments from major credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.


Artists earn 55% of the profits from artwork sales. Profit is calculated as revenue minus costs. Costs can include printing, scanning, storing, and insuring artwork. Sales of original artwork yield the highest impact for artists.

Artists earn 55% of royalties from licensing.

ArtLifting: 55% of profits from art sales and royalties goes to artists.

Typical Gallery Agreements: 50% of sales to the artist, 50% to the gallery. Artists are often required to provide exclusivity to the gallery and participate in gallery events and showings. 

Society 6: average of 10% of sales price on mounted canvas prints (dependent on markup)

Minted: 10% of sales price for art prints, 6% for other products

ArtLifting’s model ensures we can scale our impact and serve more artists and customers. When determining pricing, we consider the competitive market price of similar high-quality products and artwork. We also consider how artists can maximize their earnings for every opportunity.

No. ArtLifting is a for-profit Public Benefit Corporation, not a 501(c)3. Benefit corporations “have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment; and are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on workers, community, and the environment.” Many well-known public benefit corporations, such as Patagonia, Etsy, and Warby Parker bring about positive social and environmental impact.

ArtLifting co-founder Liz Powers worked for nonprofits for eight years before founding the business. The average nonprofit spends a considerable amount of time and resources fundraising, which means fewer resources are directed to creating real-world impacts.

Being a for-profit social enterprise allows ArtLifting to focus on sustainably growing our impact and community. Further, ArtLifting artists communicate they do not want to be treated as ‘charity cases’ or ‘donation recipients’, but as dignified working artists. ArtLifting manages the sale of artwork in the same way as a professional art gallery or dealer. Our model was designed to create significant impacts for ArtLifting artists while maintaining financial sustainability and a positive healthy work environment.

Please see our careers page for information about working at ArtLifting as well as job postings for our open positions. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at


Please use our contact form or email us at with your inquiry. Our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Yes. Please use our contact form or email us at with your inquiry. Our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

​​All prints are custom printed on demand, therefore, please allow up to 20 business days of printing and packing time before orders are shipped. Shipping can take 5-7 business days for domestic ground services (within the lower 48 U.S. states). Shipping for original artwork varies depending on storage location and unique shipping needs.

If your needs are urgent, please contact us at or discuss with your Art Advisor to explore options.

Due to our mission and associated business model, we only offer returns in the case of an incorrect order or if items arrive damaged. Customers have 30 days from receiving an order to notify us of errors or damages. When you purchase from ArtLifting, artists get paid following that purchase, therefore, we appreciate your understanding of our return policy. 

To report an erroneous or damaged order please contact us at or contact your Art Advisor or Project Manager directly.

Arrow icons by Gregor Cresnar, gallery and artwork icons by rizal2109 from Noun Project.