Artocracy Teams up with Pictopia to Provide Online Printing and Framing for Visual Artists

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Artocracy, a company created to support the visual arts, today announced a partnership with Pictopia, Inc., a premier photo commerce provider to many of the world's top media companies. Together the companies will provides three different ways in which people can support the visual arts: through the purchase of a downloadable print, the purchase of an unframed print, or the purchase of a framed print.

Artocracy, a company created to support the visual arts, today announced a partnership with Pictopia, Inc. (http://www.pictopia.com), a premier photo commerce provider to many of the world's top media companies. Together the companies will provides three different ways in which people can support the visual arts: through the purchase of a downloadable print, the purchase of an unframed print, or the purchase of a framed print. Each print can be customized in four different sizes along with customized framing. Artocracy currently has the work of fifty-four artists on the site, with over five hundred digital and downloadable prints. In a rare financial arrangement, Artocracy gives Seventy-Five percent of the print price back to the artists to help support their one-of-a-kind pieces.

“Artocracy worked to find the best online printer and framer it could for its customers to help place more artworks into homes and thus give visual artists more exposure to people who live outside of the gallery and museum reach,” said Megan Murphy, Owner of Artocracy. “Pictopia comes with a proven track record of quality, success, and innovation, and we believe that our customers will be pleased with this new offering which will also help out our artists.” Pictopia has partnered with some of the biggest brands in media. Its impressive client list includes The Washington Post, Associated Press and the Getty Images.

About Artocracy.

The mission of Artocracy is to create more exposure for the visual arts and artists through the sale of digital multiples and prints. As arts funding decreases, and the amount of artists applying for limited resources increases, Artocracy strives to create a new market place for the visual arts. Artocracy believes that art should be for all and enables the average person to become a patron of the arts through the sale of digital prints. The money that the artist raises from the prints will help fund their one of a kind pieces.

About Pictopia.com

Founded in 1999 in Emeryville, California, Pictopia is the premier photo commerce provider to some of the world's top media and entertainment companies. Pictopia enables these organizations to unlock the value of their vast image collections by helping them sell high-quality photographic reprints directly to the public. Pictopia has developed proprietary reproduction technology and streamlined fulfillment processes to make selling prints directly to the public a profitable revenue stream. Pictopia's Print This Picture (PTP) service combines the highest quality, automated photography reproduction with e-commerce infrastructure to make any image seen in mass media accessible to consumers as framed or unframed wall decor for the home or office. Consumers can now buy world-class photography over the Internet, or by mail or telephone.

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