Mission and History

A national membership organization dedicated to advancing the professional leadership of women in the visual arts, ArtTable undertakes public activities and programs that serve women at all career stages, expands opportunities for women from diverse backgrounds, engages with critical issues in the field, and fosters community through a national network.
Goals and Objectives
ArtTable was founded in 1980 by a group of professional women in the visual arts to foster greater support, recognition, and opportunities among their peeers and to advance womens leadership in the arts professions.  Today we are a national non-profit organization with a mutual support network of over 1,200 women who are leaders in the visual arts.  Our activities and programs focus on mentoring, professional development, engaging our membership and the public with relevant issues, and fostering community among women in the arts. The organization has steadily expanded throughout the country with chapters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Florida, Northern California, Southern California, and the Northwest, as well as serving many at-large members throughout the country.  Our expanding membership is inclusive of women in all stages of their careers who exemplify leadership in the administration. business, finance, management, promotion, scholarhsip, and stewardship of the visual arts.

Over the years, ArtTable has transitioned from one centered on membership services to an organization with a greater public purpose.  Our annual benefit gala recognizes and promotes the achievements of outstanding women in the visual arts on a national level.  Throught our multiple career-oriented programs at the national and chapter levels, we have also assumed an activie role in advancing opportunities for the next generation entering the field and developing pivotal relationships with young women of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to addess the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. 

To learn more about about our history, the pioneering women who have made up ArtTable's membership and the significant achievements they made together between 1980 and 2005, click here to read Changing the Equation, ArtTable's 25th Anniversary publication.

ArtTable is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization