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October 2020

Dear Members,


It has been a busy get-to-know-you and get-right-down-to-business month for me as the new President of Artists Equity!! Mary Kane has been a great mentor and I continue to look to her for guidance as she passes the torch on to me.  


The last few months have seen tremendous changes in our country on pretty much all fronts. Artists Equity is a 71 year old prestigious institution which has taken pains over the decades to stay current and to respond with our eyes wide open to our community’s changing needs. Today, we are finding ways to use technology to continue to serve as a vital resource for artists in the tri-states while we stay safe in our studios.


Our Advocacy Efforts

An advocacy organization, Artists Equity was founded  to improve conditions and opportunities for all artists in the community; today we acknowledge the additional need to drive home the concept of the “all artists” in our advocacy. In doing so, we are doubling down to seek more inclusivity and will be pursuing memberships and alliances with all artists and additional art organizations, especially those of color who may have not known about AE, or who may have felt left out of the conversation. To this effect, the board has been meeting on edits to our mission statement. We will be pursuing a more informed and inclusive membership drive later this year. Additionally, we hope to become more visible to artists who work in media outside the traditional ‘fine arts,’ of painting, printmaking and sculpture, to include photography, performance and multi-media. While we have always welcomed a diverse array of media in our shows and events, we are planning ways to increase awareness that artists working in all fine arts media are sought after by AE.


Our Website Upgrades

We are additionally working on improving our website to reflect our expanded drives as well as to make the website a regular destination for artists. The look, feel and navigation of the site will be improved. The website will offer more opportunities for visitation which will include expanded resources and events, such as educational events, a speaker series and virtual shows, for our members and the public. 


Our Fall Show

That brings me to our first virtual show of the season: Our fall show! Our exhibition committee has been working diligently all summer and fall to bring to you the juried exhibition: “Unstoppable.” We welcome entries from all our members in all fine arts media. The Call for Entries info is on the home page. We urge you to submit your work and check out the show!


Become a Member

As we charge ahead with our ambitious plans to make Artists Equity a go-to destination and a leading-edge arts organization, we hope that you will become part of this venerable organization by becoming a member today!! To all our current members, we thank you and welcome your thoughts and ideas for your Artists Equity as we move ahead into exciting months ahead. Please reach out to me at anytime.


Stay well and stay safe.


Warm regards,


Robyn H. Stone


President's Message

September, 2020


Dear Members,


I am over the moon! We are all abuzz about our great fortune in bringing on board our new president who will bring our esteemed organization into a new era, broadening our image and brand.


During our search, board member Alice Dustin, introduced to us Robyn Stone whose significant skill set in marketing and branding along with fine arts met a match with our need for vibrant, new leadership. We are fortunate that Robyn immediately saw a place for her many talents with Artists Equity. Robyn brings passion, new ideas and a fresh perspective to our organization. In August, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically appointed Robyn into the position of president to fulfill the remainder of my term. I look forward to remaining involved with Artists Equity. 


With that great boost to our potential we are planning so much for the fall with regular speakers and an exciting fall show. The fall committee is planning a prospectus for “UNSTOPPABLE,” a live show at Cheltenham with entry and delivery on November 15th. Check out the website for details.


Look for our engaging video of the show, and see the winners, with comments by the juror, Michelle Marcuse in dialog with Robyn Stone on the website posting. Please be on the lookout for an email about when the video will post on our website.

Find out more about our juror Michelle Marcuse at the link below. She has experience in encaustics and is now working in three dimensions.

The top prizes will be the same for two-dimensional, three-dimensional work, and photography rather than 1st, 2nd and 3rdthis year, to encourage sculptors and photographers to join. You will be able to visit the gallery when the show is hung, using all the recommended safety precautions.


Again, please help me welcome Robyn Stone to lead us as acting President into her position as President in my place. You will be very inspired by her enthusiasm, energy and experience; I am so excited for the direction she will take our organization as she expands our presence in the Mid-Atlantic area as far as Virginia.


It has been my great honor to have served as your president for the last three years. I am grateful for all I have learned and gained from being part of Artists Equity and look forward to continuing to be part of its continued growth.


Wishing us all a year of growth and advancement as together we revitalize Artists Equity into an organization which empowers us all.


I’ll be seeing you all on Zoom from my new home and studio in Virginia.


Mary Kane


Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity Association, Inc.


Art by Michelle Marcuse's recent show "Holding Absence" at the List Gallery at Swarthmore College.

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