Helen Klebesadel, an artist and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, works on a watercolor painting in her home studio in Madison

Artist Cooperatives

Arts and crafts cooperatives are used by artists and craftspeople to market their product to maximize sales income. Cooperatives also can be a cost-effective means to obtain studio space, gallery space, retail space, or other specialized supplies or services needed by artists and craftspeople to carry out their work. These cooperatives account for a very small portion of the economic activity generated by the arts and culture sector.

Examples of Artist Cooperatives

Q Artist Cooperative

Q Artist Cooperative is an artist-owned producer co-op drawing membership from Central Wisconsin. Q Artist Cooperative members own a gallery in downtown Stevens Point, WI.

Northwoods Pioneer Gallery & Gifts

Northwoods Pioneer Gallery & Gifts is an artist-owned producer cooperative in Northern Minnesota. Northwoods began in 1972 and is the longest continuously operating art and craft co-op in the state of Minnesota. The cooperative displays and sells products from 50 area artisans and the majority of the membership are talented senior citizens.

Resources & Organizations Supporting Artist Cooperatives

The Cooperative Approach To Crafts. USDA, Cooperative Information Report 33, 2000.

American Craft Council