From time to time, because of the amount of artists we meet at the Fresno Arts Council, I get asked by organizations what is the best or proper way to ask artists for artwork donation if a non-profit organization is raising funds through a silent auction.
I would like to get your opinion on this issue so that organization(s) will know how to proceed without coming off as a "solicitor", as they are working to uplift a worthy cause as well, and not getting individually enriched.
Other than an answer of "don't" or "artists are struggling enough", please share your thoughts and ideas so that we could learn from each other. The thought process for an organization when bringing this up are: (a) maybe one artists have numerous pieces of work sitting in a studio that could beautify an otherwise barren wall, (b) one has a lifetime collection of artwork waiting to be shared, (c) getting an artist's name out there through the silent auction could provide marketing and exposure to the artist ...
As always, thank you in advance for your time and for making this a wonderful resource and a great community.