Can I hand deliver my work?
Definitely! Just let us know when you'd like to drop it off. The ladies at the front desk can accept your pieces any time that the center is open (Hours)
Do you have any preferences on how I pack my piece?
Well, Yes. We'd love it if you'd pack your two dimensional work in Airfloat boxes. They're a little pricey, but if you tell them that The Bennington Center for the Arts recommended them to you you should get a pretty good discount and they can be reused over and over again.
Also, to protect glass please only use products designed for this purpose. They are considerably easier to remove (and won't lease residue on the glass)
Please remember that we will use the same boxes and materials to repack the work at the end of the show. Please pack your work with materials that can be reused to ship your pieces back to you, or on to the buyer. (with the exception of packing tape, glass film, and cling wrap). We will also use the same packaging to ship purchased work on to buyers, so please pack your work with the potential buyer in mind.
Why do you charge a fee for packing paintings in boxes that aren't Airfloat boxes?
We've been around for a while, and we've found that Airfloats work really well to keep work safe while in transit. A couple of years ago a woman called to let us know that she wouldn't be able to ship us her pieces, which had been accepted into a show. She explained that the pieces, along with her house, had been destroyed by a tornado, and she apologized for backing out of the show at the last minute. Around a week later we received a call from the same woman letting us know that she would be sending us her paintings after all. The pieces had both been packed and labeled and ready to go, and someone had found them and returned them to her. The Airfloat boxes were destroyed, but both pieces were perfectly fine.
Other methods of packing, while often effective, can just as often scuff frames, break glass, and ruin work, plus, they take considerably longer to pack and unpack. The fees pay for supplies to repair frames, new glass, and the extra time complicated packing costs us.
Does the Non-Airfloat Fee apply to bronzes or other three dimensional work?
Nope, We don't expect you to be able to fit your bronze into an Airfloat box. We do prefer if your three dimensional works are foamed in place in their boxes.