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.



ArtTable began in individual homes, at lunch and dinner tables in New York City in 1980.  As founding member Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz said, “The key to it all was all these women doing different things... doing them well. It became a wonderful thread... and then suddenly it had a life of its own. Mushroomed.”   Today we are a national non-profit organization with a mutual support network of over 1,200 women  throughout the nation, 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, scholarship, and stewardship of the visual arts. 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. 



Since its founding 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.  Through our multiple career-oriented programs at the national and chapter levels, we have also assumed an active 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 address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. 

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