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2019 This is Vermont Print Series

Win a purchase contract and have your art featured at Common Deer!

(Contracts worth $250 to $5000!)

Common Deer works with over 300 makers, manufacturers, and artists from across the USA and in Vermont. We are passionate about fostering creativity in our community, and finding new ways to make it easier for artists to make a living doing what they love.

Our goal is to help artists spend their time creating art rather than selling art.

To that end, we’re hosting the third annual “This is Vermont” Print Series, newly named after two years as the Vermont by Vermont Artists series. Selected artists will receive purchase contracts for between 25 and 100 ready-to-sell prints. These purchase contracts are valued between $250 and $5000, and can lead to a continued relationship with Common Deer. Artists and designers from around the state are encouraged to submit original art celebrating what you love about Vermont or Burlington.

Potential prompts:

Your favorite place in Vermont? • The color palette of our state? •  Vermont Food • The sense of being a Vermonter? • The seasons of Vermont • Lake Champlain  

Use one of these prompts or let your imagination run wild!


All Vermont-based 2D visual artists! Professional artists, students, amateurs, hobbyists, and professional artists are welcome to take part in this program. Graphic designers, illustrators, collage artists, painters, printmakers, photographers, cartographers, etc. - as long as your work can be reproduced as a print, we encourage you to apply! We are excited to see a wide variety of styles!


Creativity! Winning artwork will be assessed based on design, retail-ability, exclusivity, medium, packaging, and cost. Please note that successful print costs tend to be in the $20 - $40 range, depending on the medium. **New artworks created specifically for this program will also be given preference, to allow for limited edition work. Please note when applying, if and how you have sold this art print before (i.e. online, artist’s markets, galleries, retail stores). While we do give preference to exclusive artwork, the artist is encouraged to offer direct sales through their own channels.

    • Must be artist’s original work
    • Final print dimensions should not exceed 24” x 36”
    • Prints must retail for under $100  
    • Production, packaging and all preparation will be the responsibility of the artist and should be included in the wholesale cost


Chosen artists will receive purchase contracts for between 25 and 100 ready-to-sell prints (valued between $250 and $5000). This is not a commission sale - Common Deer will purchase the finished & individually packaged prints and handle retail sales and promotion of the print. Yes, this means cash-money in hand for you before the prints are sold. Selected artists will also have additional opportunities for paid licensing of artwork, events, commissioned work, and RE-ORDERS!


Full application instructions are detailed below. All submissions need to be sent in by email -

either digitally or as a photo (not delivered in person). Artists may send up to 5 unique submissions, but please create a separate email for each. Note that artists do not need to have prints available at the time of art submission.

Please send the following to Britt@COMMONDEER.COM by April 22nd, 2019 with “This is Vermont Submission: [artwork name + your last name]" as the subject line:

  1. Your name, location, short bio, title of work, medium details
  2. File or photo of signed work (.jpeg, .pdf, or .png) in final colors
  3. Dimensions, paper type, print production and packaging plans
  4. Estimated wholesale purchase price of 25 prints packaged & ready to sell
  • Price must include protective packaging (cardboard tubes or cello sleeves with cardboard backing), production, labor, supplies, artwork itself, and shipping/delivery to Common Deer
  • Estimated wholesale purchase price of 50 prints packaged & ready to sell
  • Suggested retail price (if known, we’re also happy to offer feedback)
  • Have you sold this art print before? If so, please provide specific retail channels used?

>> Final delivery details and procedures will be available to selected finalists. At the close of submissions we will pick our favorites and place orders of 25 - 100 of your chosen prints. Selected artists will be given ample time to produce and prepare prints for retail sale.

Good luck - thanks for making art!


    (not all selections are pictured) 

    Footpath to the Wilderness, Zarabeth Duell

    18 x 24 in. Linoleum block print on hand cut paper.

    Duell's work is primarily inspired by the love for her native State of Vermont.  Hiking along the Long Trail, both solo and with her family, continues to be one of her favorite activities. 

    Home at Last, Christina Bartonicek
    8 x 10, linoleum carved oil based ink on paper 

    Bartonicek draws inspiration for her artwork from the natural world and the world of Folklore from the Czech Republic.

    Barns of Vermont, Kate Robinson

    6 X 16 , pen on paper 

    Robinson is a native Vermonter living and working in Burlington. This work is inspired by the many unique barns scattered throughout Vermont's beautiful landscape.

    Lakeview from Campus, Cristina Mazzoni

     8 x 10, watercolor print on paper

    Mazzoni divides her time between Vermont and her native Italy and draws inspiration for her work from the colors of her two lands. 


    Moose on the Loose, Elizabeth Ricketson

     11 x 14, print on white paper

    Ricketson has a love of literature and fine arts and studied figure drawing at RISD. Ricketson works primarily in acrylic and oil.


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