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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 year-round rolling open call for free (Non-members pay a fee)

  • Monthly access to Artist Salons

  • Opportunity to participate in the annual juried Members Invitational exhibition at Equity Gallery For 2019: Information posted by September for exhibition in December/January

  • Access to members-only online discussion forum (Facebook and Google Group)

  • Listing on Artists Equity’s website as member

  • A chance to promote yourself via our Monthly Member Run-Down, a monthly members only newsletter

  • Getting sent exclusive art opportunities and tickets from partnered art organizations

  • Early alerts and access to programs and events at NYAE

  • Partner discounts with stores, restaurants and services. (List appears at the end of this page.)

Student Associate Member $25 ( Full-Time Students Only)

All the benefits listed for Individual Membership plus:

  • Discounted or, in some cases, free access to events with fees

  • Priority admittance to developmental programs, workshops, and events at Equity Gallery

Friend $125

All the benefits listed for Individual Membership plus:

  • Free access to one paid NYAE workshop

  • One waived submission fee to a NYAE paid open call or residency program

  • A chance to apply for a profile on Equity Gallery’s Artsy page

  • 1 dedicated Members Monday Instagram post (optional)

  • VIP invites (When available) to two NYC art fairs

Supporter $500 

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

Gallery $500

  • 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 

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.