Artists: When You Need a Written Contract with Your Gallery

Laws vary from state-to-state, however, in sixteen states, the artist and gallery must have a written contract before the gallery can sell an artist’s work on consignment. Those States are: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin.

The required contents of the written contract vary, but usually include a minimum sale price for the work, and time between sale and payment to the artist.

In these states, the requirement for a written contract is a perfect opportunity to present the gallery with your contract that also outlines the conditions under which they may market your work and use your name and picture to promote their gallery, as well as any terms regarding shipping costs, and who pays for damage to the work in the gallery’s possession.