Size limitations for the project are simply what the USPS can ship. There are no limitations on material or subject matter, however it is recommended to use standard precautions when shipping breakable materials and follow the USPS guidelines on materials that they do not ship and/or need special labeling.
SHOW SIZE LIMITS: Some shows have size limitations. Please see PARTICPATE PAGE and Show Deadline and requirements for each individual show specifications.
Each show is different. Please see PARTICPATE PAGE and Show Deadline and Requirements for each individual show specifications. When unframed works are accepted, include magnets, clips or pins when shipping your artworks, the venues would greatly appreciate that.
Artworks will be returned to the Artists. This will be done in several different ways. Artists will have the option to pick-up their work from either the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven, CT or the Pelham Art Center in Pelham NY in early November (dates TBD.) Or they can have artworks shipped back to them.
If artists included return shipping, that will be used, if they did not, a GoFundMe has been created to help support the costs of return shipping and shipping between venues. Donations can be made below.
You can not make donations to the USPS, how you can support it by purchasing and using their services, signing petitions and contacting your congress members. Each artwork created as a part of the project uses the Postal Service in it’s creation and again for each venue it is exhibited at as the Post Office’s services are used each time the artwork travels.
Your donations to this project helps offsets the the shipping expenses of the project between venues and for return shipment of artworks. https://www.gofundme.com/f/usps-art-project
The USPS website says regarding COVID-19 and shipping packages:
The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html), the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses), as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.
Specifically, according to the World Health Organization, “the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”
And according to the CDC, “in general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets.”
The USPS Art Project advises everyone to be vigilant with the safety of their own health and others and extraordinarily careful when participating in this project to protect not only themselves, but the mail carriers and their collaborating partners. The USPS Art Project can not be held responsible for any participating person's health, participation is at your own risk.
If you create an account with the USPS and have a printer at home, it is very easy. You can create your labels and even schedule pick-ups of your packages. Here are some helpful links:
To print shipping labels from home, please go here:
Parcel size restrictions with the USPS:
USPS Postage Calculator:
What can and can not be sent via USPS:
Sales are wonderful! The USPS Art Project will not be selling works on behalf of artists, however if artists choose to be a part of the traveling exhibition, they will agree to a sales contract with the exhibiting gallery(s).
If there is an inquiry directed to the USPS Art Project about the possibility of a sale of artwork, the collector will be directed to the participating artists and galleries to orchestrate the sale. It is up to those artists and the gallery staff to determine the price, taxes, shipping and communication from that point with the collector.
Artists keep the 2nd artwork for their own collection, (the one that they finished) unless otherwise decided upon between the participating artists. For artworks that are exhibited, artists will determine a price and sign a terms of sale with the gallery.
Artists are encouraged to share their works on social media, where the images may be reshared by the USPS Art Project account.
Should artists decide to participate in an exhibition of the artworks, they will be responsible to coordinate together the logistics of doing so.
Your support offsets the the shipping expenses of the project between venues and for return shipment of artworks. Your donation to the GoFundMe page helps ensure that no one gallery is over burdened by shipping expenses. All donations go right back into supporting the US Post Office by purchasing more services.