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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ProudArtists.com and who can use it?
How much does it cost to join?
What are the benefits of posting my Art on ProudArtists?
What is My Avatar in my account?
What is my screen name?
Why can’t I click on the links in my emails?
I have uploaded My Avatar and I cannot see it, or, I have deleted an art work and it is still showing up on the home page?
Can I send in information to be posted on the Bulletin Board?
Why are my pictures not uploading when I add new art in my gallery?
Can anyone access my gallery and/or what is my personal URL?
Can I see comments or reviews of my art?
What is an acceptable link that I can input under the 'External Web-site' category in my account?

What is ProudArtists.com and who can use it?

ProudArtists.com is a FREE online Art community which allows Artists to showcase original art.

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How much does it cost to join?

It's free! You can join ProudArtists at no charge to you.

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What are the benefits of posting my Art on ProudArtists?

First and foremost, ProudArtists is an entirely free venue. We are lucky enough to provide a community where you feel confident in uploading your art, and can enjoy meeting many different Art enthusiasts at the same time. Secondly, once you have uploaded Art, your Art will be rotating, (rotating art means that every time the page is refreshed, new art will be seen), on the pages and sections of the Site that has the highest amount of traffic, such as:
  • in its specific categories on the Home page
  • in a continually moving gallery on the Home page
  • on the Search For Art page
  • in the Featured Artwork section of any search results page
  • in the Featured Artwork section of a specific category page


  • Additional Features:

  • 'External Website' category in your account where your personal web-site link will become visible next to your screen name in the Directory
  • Bulletin Board where we will post any and all of your upcoming shows
  • a personal URL where your gallery can be accessible from any browser
  • the availability to read comments left by other members under your art works and the administrative access to delete these comments
  • being part of a community where its members look out for the safety of others around them
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What is My Avatar in my account?

An avatar is a small picture that you can upload to the Site that will represent you. Your avatar will be associated with all content posted to the Site by you.

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What is my screen name?

Your screen name is a name that is created by you. It will be associated with all content posted to the Site by you. Emails and your personal URL will also contain your screen name. Your personal URL can be typed into any browser, and will link others to your gallery.

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Why can’t I click on the links in my emails?

In some web-based mail programs there are settings on how to read emails. Some settings are set to read specific text form emails, and others are not. If the links in your emails from ProudArtists are not hyperlinked, then we would suggest that you copy and paste the links into your web browser, or easily type http://www.proudartists.com into your browser, so that you can be directed to the site.

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I have uploaded My Avatar and I cannot see it, or, I have deleted an art work and it is still showing up on the home page?

Your browser stores pages, images and URLs from web sites that you have previously visited, in a space on your computer’s hard drive. This space is called the cache, and it assists in allowing you to quickly view pages from a site, without the pages having to be downloaded to your computer every time you visit the site. If you see your pictures on ProudArtists that have been previously deleted, or you don’t see your avatar that you have uploaded, then you may have to clear your cache folder. There may be different steps to clearing your cache folder, depending on the browser that you use; for example, to clear your cache in Internet Explorer, go to Tools in your Menu bar, click Internet Options, in the General Tab click the Delete Files button in Temporary Internet files, click OK to delete all files in the Temporary Internet files, and then click OK in the General Tab once the files have been deleted. In some alternative Browsers other than Internet Explorer, Internet Options is also known as Preferences, and/or you may have to go to Edit in your Menu bar instead of Tools.

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Can I send in information to be posted on the Bulletin Board?

Yes, any ProudArtists member that has an upcoming gallery opening or show, can email us the event literature and we will post it on the Bulletin Board.

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Why are my pictures not uploading when I add new art in my gallery?

If your pictures are very large, ProudArtists will normally shrink them to the correct size so that they can be viewed properly. The larger the picture the longer it may take to upload. If the pictures are extremely large, and therefore, take a longer time to upload, ProudArtists may time out. If this happens, shrink them to a smaller size before uploading them to the Site.

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Can anyone access my gallery and/or what is my personal URL?

Yes, your gallery can be easily searched and accessed on ProudArtists.com by clicking on your screen name, and/or your gallery can be accessed through the use of your personal URL. Your URL can be easily typed into any browser, and typically the URL will look like this: http://www.proudartists.com/user/screenname

EXAMPLE: If your screen name is Tiffany, place Tiffany where it says screename in the web address.
This is how your Personal URL will look: http://www.proudartists.com/user/Tiffany

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Can I see comments or reviews of my art?

Yes, there is a comment section beneath each art work where users can comment about the art. The user’s avatar and screen name will show up next to each comment so that you can identify who is leaving the comment or review. You will have administrative rights to delete each comment. You will not be able to edit the comments however, left by a user.

In order to inform you of comments that users have made, comment notifications and/or a comment reply notifications will be sent to your personal email address

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What is an acceptable link that I can input under the 'External Web-site' category in my account?

A personal, ART web-site link where you showcase and sell your art works is an acceptable link to post. Links which clearly show that you are marketing for another web-site, or links that are at all questionable will be removed at our sole discretion. Members who are continually promoting other venues, competitive or not, may be removed and banned from the Site as well.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like us to review a link to determine if it is an acceptable link to post.

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