Art organizations and nonprofits provide support, resources, and networking for artists. They are a necessity for emerging artists and provide professional legitimacy for seasoned artists. The artist organizations listed below are just a few of the many artist-centered groups that are available in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they are ones that I have personally benefited from over the years.
I cannot emphasize enough that these organizations help establish professional identity, networking, promote sales and support and encourage interpersonal and creative direction. Some of these are regional and others are national.
Links of Interests
- El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission
- Pro Arts – nonprofit, artist-based organization for East Bay artists
- Nordic 5 Arts – a Bay Area organization for artists with a common Nordic/Scandinavian sensibility
- Palo Palomino – organization dedicated to producing quality programming on the arts and diversity
- Artweek – Online version of the west coast art magazine includes listings of upcoming exhibitions and competitions
- Art Table – ArtTable is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women’s professional leadership in the visual arts. We serve women at all stages of their careers, with a special effort to increase diversity in the arts professions.
- The Artist Salon of the East Bay – The Artist Salon of the East Bay is a professional group of artists who exhibit in the San Francisco Bay Area. This group was originally formed at Fingado Art Gallery with the intention to support, critique, promote and advance their art. In addition, they meet to discuss current trends in the art world, share resources, contribute to and participate in the Bay Area’s art scene.
- Media Art Works (MAW) – Media Art Works aims to strengthen the East Bay’s independent film and video community through screening and networking opportunities.