ABOUT ARTSPAN

The mission of Artspan is to serve the entire visual arts community:

Both Producers and Consumers of Art

Founded in 1999, Artspan is a major contemporary art destination and leading provider of premium artist websites. Artspan members are professional artists and artisans, whose sites show only original work and prints. The ease of using Artspan.com's search functions, combined with the quality of unique work, has made Artspan.com a preferred destination for collectors, consultants and designers, as well as anyone interested in the world of contemporary art.

Thanks to its consistently high search engine rankings and enhanced visibility, visitors are easily able to find Artspan.com, as well as its members' sites. Each individual member site has its own domain name, which can be reached by simply entering the domain name in the browser search window. Sites can also be accessed by way of Artspan.com's homepage, through keyword and category searches, as well as alphabetical, regional and category/subcategory directories. Member work can also be found on the Portals pages, which serve as gateways to resources associated with distinct genres, media and regions.

Artspan now features two unique ecommerce sections: ArtspanSHOP Originals, with original work including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and more, and ArtspanSHOP Prints, featuring archival pigment prints on demand. Buyers are able to browse original work and prints that are for sale, from among the hundreds of thousands of art works showcased on the Artspan member websites. Connecting buyers with artists has never been easier.

The individual member websites are easy to set up and manage and are completely customizable. Members have the one-click option of choosing from among the 100 Ready-Made designs or they can use these designs as a starting point and then adapt the layout, fonts, colors, backrounds, and logos to suit their individual needs and visions. Artspan offers its members a low cost but complete martketing package encompassing the website, buyer and visitor traffic and marketing info and help. It also provides a high level of member support via email and phone.


artspan at a glance
artspan at a glance
  • Founded 1999Founded 1999
  • 4,000 Artspan Member Websites4,000 Artspan Member Websites
  • Artspan member sites: 300,000 unique visitors per monthArtspan member sites: 300,000 unique visitors per month
  • Artspan.com: 200,000 page views per monthArtspan.com: 200,000 page views per month
  • The most advanced easy-to-use template websites on the market.The most advanced easy-to-use template websites on the market.
  • #1 ranking for contemporary art by Yahoo and Google#1 ranking for contemporary art by Yahoo and Google
Meet The Team
Eric Sparre

Eric Sparre

Founder and Managing Director

Artspan.com grew out of Eric's experience (and difficulties) in setting up a website in 1995. He was an artist for many years, exhibited widely, and was reviewed in the major art magazines. He considers Artspan to be the most challenging experience of his life.

Caoimhin Barry

Caoimhin Barry

Chief Operating Officer

Caoimhin Barry - a descendant of Dublin with titanic skill. Despite being hampered by a distinctly un-american name has managed to successfully integrate into Artspan, bringing a much needed accent variation to the team. He's responsible for developing many great features but is not responsible for any bugs.


Sarah Hucal

Sarah Hucal

Content Editor & Marketing Manager

When she's not busy traveling to far off lands or singing opera, Sarah works as Artspan's Marketing Manager. Coming from a performing arts and editorial background, Sarah relishes the opportunity to take her love of contemporary art to a professional level, by spreading the word about Artspan and writing captivating art-related articles. In her free time, Sarah enjoys attending classical music concerts and perfecting parkour techniques.

Denise Glover

Denise Glover

Manager, Administrative Services

Denise Glover started out as an Artspan member back in 2002, back when she still had time to make art. She lives in Bucks County PA and keeps member support and the Artspan office on track and running smoothly.


Kim Kraft

Kim Kraft

Tech Team

Kim Kraft (no relation to the Mac n Cheese folk) brings his own brand of "geekery" and over a decade of programming experience to the team. His primary tasks include fixing the bugs that Caoimhin didn't develop as well as generating new ones of his own, and he is single-handedly responsible for increasing the average hair length of the Artspan staff by 42%.

Chris Marano

Tech Team

After working in the nonprofit world for nine-plus years Chris has joined the Artspan team. Most of the days Chris spends his time trying to understand what Caoimhin is saying and fighting off the jealousy of Kim's long hair, since he doesn't have much of his own. When Chris is not adding to the list of bugs that Caoimhin and Kim didn't create, he is chauffeuring his daughter to one of her daily activities or training his two loyal companions Bo, a Coonhound, and Baron, a German Shepherd.


Mariana Sparre

Mariana Sparre

Designer

An artist and designer, Mariana is intimately involved in the continued evolution of the Artspan site design,and in advertising and creating new member templates. Her free time is spent caring for her pet groundhog, Phillipe.

Danielle Kraft

Danielle Kraft

Customer Service

"Service, in short, is not what you do, but who you are. It is a way of living that you need to bring to everything you do, if you are to bring it to your customer interactions." - Betsy Sanders