Be Associated with Excellence



  • Exhibition and networking opportunities for all levels of the profession in all fine arts media

  • Juried member shows at upper-tier venues and select exhibitions

  • Monetary prizes awarded by respected and well-known jurors

Professional development opportunities

  • Workshops, lectures, and panels on marketing, copyright, licensing and more, usually held in conjunction with exhibitions

Policymaking and advocacy

Artists Equity's mission is economic advancement for fine artists and ethical business practices. Artists and colleagues are encouraged to become involved in AE to help develop and adopt policies that are equitable to living artists. AE drafts position papers and evaluates and promotes policies that support all who work in the fine arts, with particular focus on fine artists.

1% for Art, a program founded by Artists Equity and adopted across the USA.

The 1% for Art program sets aside 1% of public money spent on building projects for fine arts. Artists Equity, Philadelphia Chapter, proposed it to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority in 1959. The late Michael von Moschzisker, then chairman of the Authority, helped Artists Equity accomplish this goal.

The program, begun in 1959, was adopted by hundreds of local and state governments, as well as the federal government. The first of its kind in the United States, it has helped many sculptors, painters, and other fine artists place their work in public places.

In Philadelphia, “Clothespin” by Claes Oldenburg and “Government of the People” by Jacques Lipchitz are some of the sculptures that now are city landmarks due to the 1% for Art program.

Why is the 1% for art program important?

•    It incorporates art into the fabric of life for all people.

•    It makes it easy for developers to include art in the early stages of development.

•    It advances and promotes the mission of Artists Equity: improved business conditions for professional fine artists.


AE policies that support working artists


Artists Equity is nonpartisan

It is important to remember that Artists Equity does not have a vote and is not a constituent of any legislator. These legislators may agree with us on the importance of the arts, but they do not hear from many actual voters who feel the same way. You can change that with a phone call, a letter or an email.


Artists Speak: The revelations of contemporary artists, their lives, dreams, problems, joys and craft, was published in partnership with The Friends of Artists Equity Trust.

The book includes special introductions by Helen Mirkil, Dan Miller, Diana Moses Botkin, Burton Wasserman, Moe Brooker, Eric Maisel, Dan Gottlieb and Lisa Hanover. The focus is on 79 contemporary artists, their eloquent expressions of joys and struggles, and the motivations behind their art.

Two printings have sold out; however, the book is currently available for purchase on LuLu.


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