National Artists' Equity Association

"National Artists Equity Association is a non-profit, aesthetically non-partisan, national organization for professional visual artists. Founded in 1947...National AEA [works] for improved economic conditions for visual artists and for the expansion and protection of artistsŐ rights. National AEA operates at the federal, state, and local levels through headquarters in Washington DC, its chapter organizations, and members-at-large." Site includes Declaration of Artists' Rights, information on Central Coast and Washington, DC chapters, and an artist-dealer contract. The Internet Public Library

AEA: Artists' Equity Association, National
Address: P.O. Box 28068 Washington, DC 20038

Phone: (202) 628-9633
Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center

National Artists Equity Association is a non-profit, aesthetically non-partisan, national organization for professional visual artists. Founded in 1947 as a means of working collectively to address the concerns of the profession, National AEA has been the only national organization whose primary purposes are to work for improved economic conditions for visual artists and for the expansion and protection of artists' rights. National AEA operates at the federal, state, and local levels through headquarters in Washington DC, its chapter organizations, and members-at-large.

Issues that have been addressed by National Artists Equity:

  • Advocacy for Visual Artists and Information/Education concerning:
  • Moral rights, copyrights
  • Live/work space
  • Health hazards and safety issues
  • Professional and income tax equity
  • Technical information

Declaration of Artists' Rights of The National Artists' Equity Association (A.E.A.), U.S.A *
We urge the immediate acceptance of the following program:

  1. Business Practice with Art Dealers
  2. Freedom of Expression
  3. Guidelines for Juried Exhibitions
  4. Clear Documentation of Artworks
  5. One Percent for Art in Building
  6. Artist Representation on Boards of Art Institutions
  7. Media Coverage of the Arts
  8. Restore Tax Deductions for Artists' Gifts
  9. Fair Estate Tax Policies for Artists

* National Artists Equity Association

Regional Chapters:

 

"The American Federation of Arts (AFA), a not-for-profit organization, develops and travels art exhibitions and educational, professional, and technical support programs in collaboration with the art museum community. Established by an act of Congress in 1909, the AFA is the oldest and most comprehensive organization of its kind, serving 550 museum members. "Aside from exhibitions, the AFA provides an array of programs and services for art museums. Visit programs for information about professional development opportunities and services for details on low-cost fine arts insurance and transportation, AFA's Technical Assistance Program, and room rentals for special events."  The Internet Public Library

WPA Artists, Works Progress Adminstration

Congress of American Artists, 1941