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What is beginART and how does it work?

beginART makes portfolio websites for emerging and established artists, schools, and other institutions. Our streamlined system is designed for you to spend minimum time and effort and get maximum results - just send us your images and we'll do the rest!

You can sign up for a free account at any time and start uploading your images. When you're ready for us to build a portfolio site, you can sign up for a service plan and get a finished website in as little as one week. Find a full overview of our process here.

What does beginART offer that free portfolio websites don’t?

Free portfolio websites work for those just want to put some pictures up on the web and don’t mind spending a lot of extra time and effort. They’re a good, basic, one-size-fits-all solution for some artists. But at beginART, we know that one size doesn’t fit all. As an artist, you want a professional online presence, not just a basic website that looks like a hundred other artists’ sites. And you’d probably rather spend your time making art, not websites.

Our sites are perfect solutions for those who want a professional portfolio website with a minimum of fuss. A beginART website has a personalized domain name, no ads, and a template designed just for you. And all you have to do is provide your images – we’ll take care of the rest.

Let us make your website, so you can focus on making art.

Do I have to pay every year?

For the first year, you pay an initial setup fee plus a year of hosting and domain name. In subsequent years, you'll just pay a renewal fee to keep your site online. In some cases, we offer a certain number of free updates per year, and discounts are available if you'd like to sign up for multpile years. Details of each service are on our services page.

How much control do I have over the design of my site?

After receiving confirmation from you that you're ready, beginART will create a preliminary site and send you preview images. You can then approve the design or request changes. We’re design professionals and we'll work with you to develop a website that truly reflects you and your art.

Can I update my beginART site after I create it?

If you purchase the Portfolio or Shop package, you get one or more free updates per year. Updates are available to School or Student packages for an additional fee. Details of each service are on our services page.

What will the domain name be? Can I choose it?

We’ll give you a domain name that corresponds with your first and last name (adding “art” or “portfolio” if necessary, depending on domain name availability). Owning your name online is one of the best ways to build a serious online presence as an artist.

Can I cancel my account before the year membership is up if I change my mind?

You may cancel the account, but the setup fees are not refundable.

Does beginART host video and motion graphics work?

We’re working on it! Email with VIDEO in the subject line to be notified when these services become available.

Can I add a bio (/contact/resume/press/etc.) page to my beginART website?

Each artist gets one profile page, which can include any text information or links you want – a short bio, an artist’s statement, contact information, et cetera.

How about links to my facebook/linkedin/twitter?

Absolutely! You can add these links to your profile page.

If a piece is multiple images, does it count as one upload or several?

Each image counts as one upload.

Will you edit my images?

All beginART service packages include basic image editing - we'll crop, rotate, and resize your images as necessary for optimal display on the web. Select service packages include more in-depth editing like color correction and fixing shadows or smudges.

We do not edit images stored in your account - images are edited for your beginART portfolio website only.

How do I get started?

First, create your free beginART account and start uploading images. You'll receive a welcome email that explains how to sign up for a service plan and get your beginART portfolio website.

You can store up to 10 images for free, or sign up for a service plan at any time. After signing up for a service plan, you can have a finished portfolio website in as little as one week.

Learn more about how your beginART account works here.

More questions?

Email us at or call 646 378 7864