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Artists Equity is a 74 year old arts advocacy organization. It started as a national organization and then branched off into regional, independently run arts organizations in the mid-1960s. 

Artists Equity Philadelphia/Tri-State seeks to advocate for improved policies toward artists and opportunities for artists to make and show their work. AE works to break the barriers for artists who have been marginalized or underrepresented over the years due to race, ethnicity and gender. 

While our efforts are focused on the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, advocacy for the arts and artists raises the national awareness of the enduring value of the arts to our culture and heritage.

The Artists Equity Award: Making a Difference for Visual Fine Artists

The Artists Equity Award is given to those individuals who demonstrate outstanding dedication to the arts and artists. Past recipients include Governor Ed Rendell for the Avenue of the Arts; Lisa Tremper Hanover, director for the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College; Judy Herman, executive director of the Main Line Art Center; and Jane Golden for the Mural Arts Program. 

To nominate someone for the Artists Equity Award, send an email with a description of their efforts that have advanced the art profession for all artists to

Artists Equity is a nonprofit business association for professional visual artists. Its mission is to advance the interests of those who work in the visual arts. AE seeks to speak as one voice for the visual artist in the communities where we live and inspire those communities to embrace living artists and their art. AE partners with educational institutions, business and community service providers to help meet its goals.

A Selection of Past Recipients of the Artists Equity Award

2018 Nancy Campbell

2015 Barbara J. Zucker
2013 Victoria Donohoe
2012 Marcelle Pick
2011 Gerry Lenfest
2010 Moe Brooker

2009 Lisa Tremper Hanover

2008 Marsha Moss

2007 Dr. J. Susan Isaacs

2006 Thora Jacobson

2005 Judy Herman

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