New York Artists Equity Association, Inc. (“Artists Equity”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists, arts patrons and arts professionals. Artists Equity was created by more than 160 leading American artists of the 1940s, including Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, George Biddle, Paul Cadmus, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Leon Kroll, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, John Sloan and the first President Yasuo Kuniyoshi. These diverse artists were all clear on one point -- they had to band together to establish and protect artists' economic well-being.
Artists Equity was quick to act on the need to include not only artists but all the business people who artists interact with in the course of their careers, including art dealers, galleries, museum curators and administrators, publishers and collectors.
We invite you to become a part of this legacy, join an impressive roster of artist members and – most importantly – connect with other artists. See how YOU can be a part of Artists Equity and help us continue our mission to support artists. Membership dues go directly toward programming to benefit artists and curators and to fund critically-engaged exhibitions.
Individual Membership Levels
Individual $60 (for Artists only)
Opportunity to propose exhibition ideas through our open call for free (Non-members pay a fee)
Monthly access to Artist Salons
Participation in Equity Gallery's online store
Opportunity to participate in the annual juried Members Invitational exhibition at Equity Gallery
For 2018: Information posted by September for exhibition in November/December
Access to members-only online discussion forum
Listing on Artists Equity’s website as member
Listing your work on Fraemd.com, a platform that showcases artists on a global scale
Partner discounts with stores, restaurants and services. (List appears at the end of this page.)
All the benefits listed for Individual Membership plus:
Access for two to artist salons
VIP invites to two NYC art fairs
1 dedicated Instagram post (optional)
All the benefits listed for Individual and Friend Memberships plus:
Priority seating at Artist Equity programs
Informal luncheon with Executive Director and guests
Gallery Membership Levels
Access to all membership benefits for gallery liaison
Recognition as supporter of artists on our site
Direct link to your site
3 dedicated Instagram posts
Complimentary Individual membership for 3 artists
Friend Gallery $750
All the benefits listed for Gallery Membership plus:
1 dedicated e-blast to our network
Complimentary Individual Membership for 6 artists
Supporter Gallery $1250
All the benefits listed for Gallery and Friend Gallery Memberships plus:
3 dedicated e-blasts
3 Instagram posts
Complimentary Individual Membership for 8 artists
Do you have to be an artist to join? Do you have to be based in New York?
Membership is open to everyone who wants to support artists and the arts! Artists Equity was founded by artists and art patrons, and we welcome that continued partnership.
How do I become a partner or sponsor?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get my name and website listed on Artists Equity's website?
Instructions will be sent with your membership package. The member roster can be found HERE.
Thank you to our partners for supporting Artists Equity!
Please visit our members-only page with your password to access discounts.