Shipping and packing artworks

This information if for artists who are exhibiting with us, and offers guidelines on how to ship their art to and from the venue.


Q: To what address do I ship my work?
A: To venue address (dependent on the fair you have submitted your artwork for) This is provided in the gallery-artist contract.
Att: Jasmin Kossenjans

Q: When should I ship my work?
A: Plan early! Work must arrive 3 days (a Wednesday normally) prior to the opening of the fair.

Q: What shipping methods should I use?
A:We suggest setting up an online account with common couriers such as Fedex, UPS, TNT, DHL or the US Postal Service. You can sign up online and print bar-coded shipping labels. 

A return label must be included and placed inside your box. 


Q: Do I have to provide a prepaid return label?
A: Artworks not sold are returned to the artist, unless the artist is doing a multiple of art fairs with us / cities. The artworks are in this case stored with us, until the next event. In the case that the artworks are to be returned, you will be requested to send a return pre-paid label. We understand select carriers (FedEx) have labels that expire after 30 days.

Q: What happens if I do not provide the correct return shipping label with my artwork?
A: We will consider your artwork a donation to the gallery. YOUR RETURN LABEL MUST HAVE A BAR CODE ON IT. Your label is not correct if it does not have a bar code. If you have a label with just your account or credit card number on it that means it has not been processed and will not be picked up by the shipping company. DO NOT SEND labels filled out by hand. Please see the images for this section.


Q: Will you let me know when my artwork arrives?

A: Yes. However, we suggest tracking your own package online through your shipping carrier. 

Q: How do I get my artwork back if it does not sell? 
A: You must include a prepaid return shipping label if you want your artwork delivered back to you after the fair. It is free to open an account and print out a prepaid/barcoded shipping label. No cash, only accounts or credit card numbers on shipping labels please. While we prefer Fedex or UPS, we accept any major shipping company (TNT, DHL etc). If we do not receive a prepaid return label and your artwork does not sell we will consider your artwork a donation to the gallery.

Q: When will my work ship back to me?
A: We will ship unsold work back to all artists latest the week after the show closes.


Q. How should I package my artwork for shipping?

A: We highly recommend investing in good packing materials to ship your work. Proper packaging is a wise investment especially if you will be sending your pieces back and forth to galleries. We advise using first soft tissue or cloth prior to wrapping works in bubble wrap. Bubbles can leave round marks on the work’s surface, particularly in the case of plexiglass.

Q: What shipping materials do you recommend?
A: A clam shell box with a convoluted foam insert is THE BEST and makes packaging easy for you and us when we return the piece packed to you. You can find examples of these at If you intent to package a different way, we recommend wrapping your work in foam or bubble wrap (without tape).

Remember! We will be reusing your packing materials to return the artwork to you. Tape will tear, and damage your bubble wrap. So please use sticky tape sparingly.

Q: How should I label the shipping box?
A: Ensure your name and contents are clearly labelled on the back of your box. Include the title, size and weight. See example below.


Q:What should I avoid when packaging my artwork?
A: Do not over tape! Too much tape is dangerous: It can stick to your art and ruin it. It also makes your package impossible to open without using a knife or scissors. And your art could be accidentally damaged when using a knife. Invest in the few extra inches of foam or bubble wrap to properly cover your work! Be generous with the foam wrapping. Instead of taping, tuck in the sides to ensure work is secure. 

packing peanuts on floor

Absolutely No Peanut or Popcorn filling will be accepted! These fillings are a headache and a mess. If you insist on packaging with peanuts or any flaking Styrofoam material you will incur a $35 janitorial fee.

Q: What if my artwork arrives damaged?
A: By sending your work and agreeing to take part in the exhibition you also agree to follow our packing and shipping guidelines. The risk of damage, however, is always present during transportation. We will email you photos of any damage and do our best to hide it. If the damage cannot be repaired, the work will be stored and returned as scheduled with the rest of the artwork. If damage alters the price of the work we will negotiate with the buyer, contacting you for your permission prior to the final sale. 

Q: I am shipping from outside of Europe. What should I be aware of? 
A: Please allow additional time for your shipment to pass through customs. If it is selected to be checked it will be delayed entrance into Europe.

A: Include a performa invoice (the value of your work). This is a simple document where an invoice template will suffice, with the heading “performa”. Include your address, the destination address, quantity of artworks with their size/title/medium and total value. Ensure the total value is under €100 since otherwise a customs importation fee will be charged. Additionally, you will need to specify on the shipping document that all charges are incurred by you as shipper. If this is not specified and we receive an invoice, we reserve the right to charge you this amount or refuse the shipment. 

Q: I am shipping from outside of Europe. Can I send my artworks unframed? 
A: Yes. For works on paper, order a frame online (IKEA France for instance) and have it delivered to the gallery or venue otherwise specified.  We do not charge extra for this service to frame the art for you.
Please be advised, when returning your work we are unable to ship the artwork framed, if you have no prepaid label to cover this extra cost.

Q: I am shipping from outside Europe Can I send canvas works in a roll, unstretched? 
A: Yes. Based on size, we will send you a quote for labor and material fees to stretch your artwork. Depending on size, estimates range from $50 – 120 per artwork. Your artwork will be returned rolled.


Q: Can I drop off my work in person, or have someone drop it off for me?
A: Yes, work can be delivered any time during installation hours at the art fair venue, or drop off at the hotel where gallery staff are staying. We ask that you provide the deliverer’s name (if not artist) and date of arrival in advance. 

Q: How should I properly drop off my artwork?
A: It is likely your artwork will not be able to be hung at the time of delivery. As such, we ask that you protect your artwork with proper packaging, labeled as yours for storage purposes.

Q: When should I pick up my artwork?
A: The day or night of closing at the art fair. It is possible to collect the artwork up to 3 days after the fair at the concierge desk, at the hotel where our staff were staying in. Details are discussed with each artist in advance!

The Artist Statement

Arte ponte NAKED show

From the viewer’s perspective, some insight as to what your work is about makes the difference between surface level appreciation and a profound connection with your art.  Moreover, if there is more to your art than visual aesthetic, an artist statement opens the door for discussion, creating in turn a deeper impression in the viewer’s memory. Artist statements aide enthusiasts and laymen alike in understanding works of art, garnering respect for both your vision and technique. Remember, although your concept may seem obvious to you, the same may not always hold true for the viewer.


Think of it as telling your story. Your statement should be used as an opportunity to explain your artistic process, technique, perspective or philosophy. An artist statement should provide context for your visual image, connecting viewers to your purpose and experience of creation.


It is not necessary to write a mini auto-biography, unless it directly relates to your artwork.  Avoid chronicling where you went to school, awards received, etc., as these facts do not weigh heavily on the average viewer. General rule: if it did not directly influence the artwork, leave it out.


Concision is key. While we allow artist statements of 3 paragraphs or less, the first paragraph is truly all that is required.


Explore other artist statements online. What makes their statements interesting? Then try starting your statement in the middle. Say what is important for you to say, then return to the beginning and summarize as a concise intro.


Discuss what idea, event, or influence led to your creation of the work.

Perhaps you want to express if and how your art reflects your personal perspective or experience. Perhaps you want to explain how a particular event influenced your style, subject, or passion for art. Perhaps you want to explain your medium and why it is the ideal choice for expression of your artistic vision.

Please note, as a professional gallery, we reserve the right to proof-read and edit Artist Statements. As such, your statement will be subject to edits, and where necessary, constructive critique. Always proof read your statements thoroughly for spelling and grammar. 

Past Art Fair. SCOPE Basel 2018

Arte Ponte  was  exhibiting at 2018 edition of SCOPE Basel and featured nine emerging, contemporary artists who demonstrated different trends who explore various mediums in contemporary art.

Artists included Julia Dubovyk (USA), Christopher Parrot (USA), Maria Aparici (Spain), Guang Zhu (USA), Jon Rollins(USA), Lori Schouela (USA), Wayne Reynolds (USA), Mihail Tomescu(USA) and Loló Rodriguez (Chile).

Non-representational work artists Jon Rollins and Lori Schouela explored media experimentation. Rollins´ work evolved through oscillations of spontaneous, intuitive movements and methodical structuring, ranging from chance marks to grid layouts. Schouela paintings used playful and sensuous materials such as rose petals to explore and recreate the intangible energies of consciousness.

In contrast, Christopher Parrott, Julia Dubovyk and Mihail Tomescu approached methods of figurative painting. Contemporary internet-driven culture, exhibitionism and voyeurism were significant themes in Parrott´s work while Dubovyk captured the unexpected through rich, deep colors within simple compositions. Tomescu paintings moved between image and the objective quality of the surface, using antithetical transitive gestures that attempt to establish a tension between their representational functions and their immanent richness as material with its chromatic and tactile charge.

Artist Guang Zhu studied mathematical formulas and write computer code to express parametric equations. This hybrid experiences built by the preciseness of computing mathematical operations somehow invoked a sense of alienated wonder.

Maria Aparici and Loló Rodriguez projected their lives on a white canvas. Aparici created images that convinces, overwhelms and bewilders with elegance without violence, aggression, without stridencies, that could be contemplated with certain stupor, respect and jealousy. Pop culture, grunge music, hip-hop and street art were the influences of Rodriguez’s work. Rodriguez uses various media to make irony about the conservative and oppressive society in which she grew up in.

Painter Wayne Reynolds works went  into deep Space using implied texture supported by complex patterns, color and movement. They represented the energy in the universe with countless particles simultaneously spinning, attracting, and repelling.






Past Art Fair. SCOPE New York 2018

Arte Ponte exhibited during the Armory week at SCOPE NEW YORK (March 8-11 March) the work of seven emerging artists; Grayson Hoffman (USA), Ramón Puñet (ES), Loló Rodriguez (ARG), Joaquin Salim (VE), Mariana Flores Quijano (MX), Blair Martin Cahill (USA) and Michele Utley-Voigt (USA).

Pop culture and personal experiences inspire artists Loló Rodriguez and Joaquin Salim. Both of them use a combitation of media to refelect today´s society in their artworks. Today’s society is also the topic of Ramon Puñet compositions who, using a simple tool- a blue ball point pen, with extremely accuracy- recreates everyday life scenes.

The still life photographs of Grayson Hoffman represented ideas of identity. Whether it’s a portrait of a mannequin, a staple in fashion or trash in studio, the idea is not so much the object, itself, but a presentation of the object’s intrinsic qualities. Where Hoffmann captures what is, Michele Utley- Voigt deconstructs her subjects and explore the human condition: its emotion, fate and energy. Using this as her leitmotiv, Utley- Voigt’s paintings are a complex language of layering multiple levels of imagery representational of our complicated existence.

Tradition have a strong presence in Blair Martin Cahill and Mariana Flores Quijano work. By combining traditional methods of foundry casting and textile production with cutting edge technology, Cahill finds infinite opportunities for producing completely unique and truly contemporary fine art. The calaca, a skull that refers to the idiosyncrasy and Huichol roots, is the protagonist of Mariana Flores Quijano work who uses a variety of colors and textures to generate a three-dimensional effect.

Past Art Fair. SCOPE Miami Beach 2017

Arte Ponte was at Scope Miami Beach 2017, December 05-10.

Featuring 140 International Exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities SCOPE Miami Beach led one more time the charge for emerging contemporary art market.

Arte Ponte featured at the fair: Sabre Esler, Kristi Kohut, Hudson Art Studios, Kamiesha Garbadawala, Christybomb, Ghislaine Boreel , JnoWilson and Grayson Hoffman.

Colour explosion, textures and mixed-media had a strong presence in Arte Ponte booth. The artists Kristi Kohut, Christybomb and Hudson Art Studios showed a world of fantasy and joy, outside of the routine of day-to-day life.

In contrast, the use of the line, color and geometric shapes were the main features of Jno Wilson who adheres to the principles of the Washington Color School and the California Hard Edge Movement.

Abstract exploration and a mix of materials artists Sabre Esler and Ghislaine Boreel explored personal structures. Esler is fascinated with how the mind works; the connections and pathways that lead to convoluted structures while Boreel focuses on her personal experiences and the duplexity of them.

Wide planes of color and broad strokes served Kamiesha Garbadawala who explores life experiences and conveyance of emotion through art. Turning personal trauma and loss into strength and power through self-examination, she forges impassioned compositions filled with complexity, nuance and gravity.

The still life photographs of Grayson Hoffman represented ideas of identity. Whether it’s a portrait of a mannequin, a staple in fashion or trash in studio, the idea is not so much the object, itself, but a presentation of the object’s intrinsic qualities.



7 July – 17 August 2016

Vernissage Thursday 7th July 6 – 8pm

View the show catalogue!

New York, NY. …  Between July 7th and August 17th, JanKossen Contemporary is pleased to present our annual juried exhibition “FRESH!” featuring works by 25 artists of diverse backgrounds.

Amber Tourlentes | Somerville, MA   Aniko Safran | Harrisonburg, VA   Axelle Kieffer | Savannah, GA   Byungkwan Kim | Seoul, Korea   Christopher Owen Nelson | Santa Fe, NM   Christopher Parrott | Huntington, NY  Clay Jordan | Miledgeville, GA   Colleen Fitzgerald | Memphis, TN   Even Schwartz | Brooklyn, NY   Herwig Maria Stark | Vienna, Austria   Jack Rosenberg | New York, NY   Jasmin Edelbrenner | Vienna, Austria   Justin Levesque | Portland, ME   Marc Dessauvage | New York, NY   Mark Liam Smith | Toronto, Canada   Maxwell Emcays | Chicago, IL  Melonie Mulkey | Champaign, IL   Neven Zoricic | Milano, Italy   Nina Sumarac | Limassol, Cyprus   Robyn Day | Chicago, IL   Roman Traexler | Vienna, Austria   Sarupa Sidaarth | Belvedere Tiburon, CA   Shawn Shepherd | Victoria, Canada   Stratton McCrady | Saco, ME   Zachary Williams | Chicago, IL

FRESH! was initiated to provide a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work, as well as a venue for young collectors to explore pieces to add to their imminent collection. This year, FRESH! is returning with a group larger and more varied than the last, ready to reveal their take on what we call “contemporary portraiture.”

In this call, artists demonstrate their artistic approach and interpretation through the presentation of self-portraits, portraits of a person or groups, animals, or objects. An intimate view of the depicted subject presents an exploration of the character, sentiment, or identity of an individual or place. Said visual clues are presented through the employment of a particular technique or the implementation of a distinct concept. The show is a diverse exhibition combining photography, classical painting, prints and collages, produced by artists from all over the world.

A few of the artists will be present at the vernissage opening on July 7th, 6-8pm.