Joan K. Smith
Artspan honors emerging talent at Moore College of Art and Design with awards that jumpstart the careers of the best young artists.
(Lambertville, NJ, April 30, 2012) As part of its commitment to supporting the best emerging art talent, Artspan.comis delighted to announce awards to exceptional seniors graduating from the BFA program at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. At a ceremony on April 25, 2012, six Moore seniors were presented with the first-ever Artspan Awards by Founder and Director Eric Sparre.
The award recipients, selected by faculty in their respective departments, will each receive their own full-featured, top-level website with Artspan.com for a full year, giving them an immediate launch into their professional careers. Designed to easily put artists in full control of their online presence and marketing, these Artspan websites are completely customizable and include unlimited images, email accounts, mailing list management, e-newsletter tools, stats, a personal blog, and sophisticated e-commerce capabilities, including integrated shopping carts and an optional prints-on-demand feature, plus access to a wide range of marketing tools and advice. The websites will also be linked to the central portals and searches of Artspan’s high-traffic main site, a major online art destination that consistently ranks in the top results for “Contemporary Art” in the major search engines.
The recipients of Artspan Awards are: Alison McMenamin (Photography and Digital Art); Kendra Ranck (Textile Design); Elise Anzini (Illustration); Kellie Reagan (Interior Design); Gladys Pasapera (Fine Arts 2D); and Gracie Lewis (Fine Arts 3D).
The Moore College of Art and Design Awards are a first step in Artspan’s expanding support for graduating students at leading art institutions.
Founded in 1999 by painter and entrepreneur Eric Sparre, Artspan.com is a major contemporary art destination connecting producers and consumers of contemporary art , featuring close to 4,000 artist and artisan websites in many different categories, including painting, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Artspan members include artists from around the country and the world, and Artspan.com is consistently top-ranked for the term Contemporary Art by Google and Yahoo. Artspan member websites can be managed by anyone – no technical background needed -- and have a variety of features, all at a very competitive price. Artspan is exceptional among online artist communities and providers of template artist websites, in offering artists the best of both worlds: Member artists benefit from being part of a searchable, high-traffic community while maintaining the autonomy of their own URL. Members can also access a wealth of marketing information and, in an age of limited or non-existent customer service, the Artspan Help Desk can be reached by phone or email.
Throughout history, artists have been dependent on dealers and galleries; now they can do their own marketing. It’s a very empowering thing, and it levels the playing field.
- Eric Sparre, Managing Director of Artspan, The Wall Street Journal, 6/16/08