These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions. For complete instructions on how to use this website please visit our help section.
A: Each type of account is tailored to the needs of a different kind of user, the most important differences are:
Artists—upload and display images and post events
Curators—upload and display images, save images found on site and post events
Viewers—save images found on site
All registered members can search and browse throughout the registry, recommend profiles they like and communicate with each other.
A: Please create two different accounts, one as an artist and one as a curator. Each type of account offers the features best suited for either an artist or a curator. It will keep your two types of practice distinct and insure that you come up in all possible relevant searches.
You will need to have two different email addresses, one to sign up for each account, if you need another address you can easily make an extra one for free with gmail, yahoo or hotmail. Just remember to check it regularly (or set it to forward your mail to another address you will check) and add firstname.lastname@example.org to the address book so you don’t miss any messages from us or other users.
A: These are the different names for various kinds of groups of images on the registry. Artists upload images of their artworks organized into groups called portfolios. Curators upload images from exhibits they have done organized into groups called galleries. Curators and viewers may also copy and save images that they find on the registry into groups called collections.
A: Curators and Viewers can save specific individual artworks that they like into groups called collections. This is a convenient way for a curator to plan a future exhibition or a viewer to remember artworks they might have further interest in. Any type of user might want to remember and recommend artists or curators they find interesting. So, all members can save links to entire profiles they like. These chosen profiles are saved and displayed on your profile homepage as your “Recommendations” (unless you choose to uncheck the public box under the “Saved Profiles” tab).
A: Please share your taste, this gives other users cool ideas on who else to check out that they might not otherwise find. Other websites do ok guessing what books and music you want to try, but we think art is a little more complicated. We want to have lots of real live humans making interesting suggestions instead of computer-generated lists of “similars”!
A: You can either browse all artworks, or do a search within artworks (if you want to also focus on a style or topic: trees? politics? Abstraction?). Either way, AFTER you receive your results, at the top of the results page, you will see the option to choose a medium filter from a drop down menu. This menu contains the most common medium categories, such as Painting, Photography, etc. Another option, which may be particularly helpful if you want to search a very specific term, like “egg tempera painting” or “silver gelatin print” is to simply type the medium directly into the search bar along with any other terms you wish to search on.
A: Do your searching within “Artists’ Profiles”, when you receive your results you will have the option to sort by city, state or country. You will only see this option when searching by profile—people’s locations are part of their personal information, which is noted on their profile, but since it is not in each individual artwork’s caption you won’t find this option when searching by artworks or portfolios.
A: Yes, please do both! This will help your artworks come up in more searches. Viewers can either type in a medium themselves into the search bar, which will find it the way you type it in, or they can filter their search results by the medium category list, in which case it will go by the menu items you choose. It also gives you the opportunity to get more specific, for example, maybe you would categorize an artwork as “Photography”, but you would like to also let people know that the medium is “Silver Gelatin Print”, or you would categorize it as “Painting” but you also want to say that the medium is “Oil on Canvas”.