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Introduction

When it comes to keeping track of your artwork, there are four general options to consider: maintain a ledger or spreadsheet, create a database, purchase a database, or subscribe to a database service that stores the information in the cloud.

Maintain a ledger or spreadsheet

Here are some of the line items you might want to include in your spreadsheet.

  • ID Number
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Size
  • Orientation (horizontal or vertical)
  • Framed (yes or no)
  • Framed size
  • Year of creation
  • Signed (yes or no)
  • Signature location
  • Edition # ___ of ___
  • Edition type (digital print, giclee)
  • Edition publisher
  • Edition printer
  • Subject
  • Category
  • Description
  • Date created
  • Status (available, on consignment, on proposal, sold, traded, donated, loaned, gifted, not for sale)
  • wholesale price
  • markup (percentage)
  • retail price

Create Your Own Database

You could create your own database using FileMaker Pro or with your favorite database program.

Purchase a Database

Another option is to purchase a database that has been created specifically for artists. One example of such a database is eArtist. It sells for approximately $125.

Subscribe to Database Service

Artwork Archive is a cloud-based service that helps artists track inventory and sales. For $50 per year, you can manage 100 pieces of artwork at 10 locations. For $100 per year, you can manage an unlimited number of artwork at an unlimited number of locations.


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