UGallery Debuts New Portal for Professional Customers

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Pioneer in Art E-Commerce Allows Growing Customer Base of Interior Designers, Consultants and Corporate Buyers to Create Professional Accounts as Art Purchases Continue to Move Online

Buying online, through UGallery, and connecting directly with artists, provides professional customers with unparalleled selection, while also simplifying the entire purchase process, start to finish.

UGallery (http://www.ugallery.com), a leading online art gallery offering curated, original art for sale from the nation's most talented mid-career and emerging artists, today announced the launch of a dedicated web portal to accommodate the company’s growing customer base of business and trade professionals. The new portal enables interior designers, art consultants, and other corporate art buyers to create and manage professional UGallery accounts for their respective clients.

Upon sign-up for a UGallery professional account, users automatically receive a reoccurring 10% discount on each purchase. They are also enrolled in an exclusive loyalty program—the only program of its kind currently in the online art space—earning 10 points for every $100 spent, redeemable towards future purchases. Additionally, interested business and trade customers can coordinate art consultation appointments with UGallery’s team of art experts via the portal to ensure that they buy with confidence.

“We’re excited to launch our new business and trade professional portal,” said Stephen Tanenbaum, Co-Founder of UGallery. “It allows us to better support and reward an expanding customer base that we think will only continue to grow, especially as traditional art selling and buying continues to migrate online.”

According to the Deloitte and ArtTactic 2013 Art and Finance Report, “the art world is moving online,” with over 300 online art ventures launching in recent years. Also, to date, at least 71% of art collectors have now purchased artwork online, with that number expected to rise. As the online art industry continues to experience rapid growth, UGallery has seen increasing interest in online art purchases, not only by everyday collectors seeking to furnish their homes, but by business and trade professionals—interior designers, art consultants, and the like—purchasing artwork for clients and corporate spaces.

UGallery connects artists and buyers directly, without the hassle of an expensive, traditional gallery, delivering all-original, curated artwork in every genre, style, size and media, all at an affordable price. Business and trade professionals are recognizing the benefits of this online-oriented model, including:

  • Selection & Price: Professionals have to furnish spaces for clients with a number of different styles and price points. Typically, designers work with traditional galleries, with limited selections and inflexible pricing. With up to 6,000 pieces of all-original, high-quality works from over 500 artists, UGallery is delivering everything a designer needs to accommodate different tastes and budgets.
  • Efficient & Simple: Historically, a designer has had to build and maintain in-person relationships with many different galleries and artists to serve their client roster. Buying art online eliminates this series of steps, making the purchase process easier and removing complications. UGallery also provides free shipping, easy returns, and risk-free trials to further streamline purchasing.

“We started UGallery to fundamentally change art selling and buying,” said Tanenbaum. “Business and trade professionals—whether they be interior designers, consultants, or architects—don’t have to rely on brick-and-mortar galleries to provide them with the art their clients want. Buying online, through UGallery, and connecting directly with artists, provides professional customers with unparalleled selection, while also simplifying the entire purchase process, start to finish.”

In conjunction with the launch of its business and trade portal, UGallery has also partnered with client Tilton Fenwick (http://www.tiltonfenwick.com), an interior design firm well-known for its take on a traditional aesthetic with a fresh perspective, debuting the first of a forthcoming series of art collections curated by business and trade professionals. To view the new collection, please visit http://www.ugallery.com/tilton-fenwick.

To access the brand-new business and trade portal, visit http://www.ugallery.com/trade. For further information on UGallery, please visit http://www.ugallery.com.

About UGallery

UGallery.com is a curated online art gallery that sells original, one-of-a-kind artworks. Founders Stephen Tanenbaum, Alex Farkas, and Greg Rosborough came together in 2006 to create a revolutionary approach to online art sales that democratizes the entire art buying process. Clients can browse the collection by price, medium, style, size, color, or artist and give any piece a weeklong test run in their home risk-free. More information about UGallery can be found at UGallery.com.

*According to the Hiscox 2013 Online Art Trade Report

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