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Art Table members leading a discussion at the ArtTable New York Career Roundtable Program.

Impact Initiatives

Since 1980, ArtTable has been working to advance the professional leadership of women in the visual arts. Through a variety of programs, we educate and inform members and the public about significant developments and issues in the visual arts, as well as support dialogue and promote the evolving leadership role of women in the arts. Our initiatives provide ongoing educational and public programming, mentorship, and professional development opportunities that are central to our mission as a nonprofit organization. For a full description of ArtTable’s Impact Initiatives, click here.

In 2022, ArtTable established the Impact Initiatives Fund in Honor of Meg Perlman. This fund directly impacts our fellowship and career roundtable initiatives, provides funding to our diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility efforts, as well as provides opportunities for early-career women in our Affiliate Membership Program by providing education and mentoring opportunities. Please help us to make a difference by contributing to this fund.

Please see ArtTable’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Action Plan approved by ArtTable’s Board of Directors in May of 2021.


Pay Equity

ArtTable is interested in collecting new data about the changing contours of the artistic labor market in order to better understand trends and advocate for arts professionals, artists, and arts workers of all types. As such, we have developed a survey instrument to capture information about arts professionals’ working conditions, career histories, and understandings of their work–now and in the past

Data about arts professionals is woefully inaccessible and incomplete; we are seeking to remedy some of these problems and contribute valuable knowledge to our community. As such, we ask that you and any arts professionals you know, please generously offer some of your time and complete our survey, which asks you to reflect on your own career journey. 

We estimate the survey will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Please know that your confidential participation is entirely voluntary; you can choose to answer or not answer any question. 

ArtTable will share data and research over the course of the next year (into 2023) through panel discussions and papers. Please check back for more information. 

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ArtTable Fellowship

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Each year ArtTable conducts a fellowship program to address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. The Fellowship provides quality experiences and mentorship opportunities to female-identifying graduate students and emerging professionals from backgrounds generally underrepresented in the field to aid their transition from academic to professional careers. Through one-on-one mentoring relationships at select museums and cultural institutions, fellows have the opportunity to work with established leaders and gain exposure to a range of professional activities.

Since 2000, ArtTable has placed Fellows through the support of dedicated individuals, foundations, and grants. These women have gone on to be curators (14%), pursue higher degrees in the arts (12%), museum educators (11%), hold director level positions (6%) and other careers in the arts including gallerists, independent business owners, artists and more.

2023 ArtTable Fellowship Program

Host Organization Applications for the 2023 Fellowship Program will open on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

Supporters

The ArtTable Fellowship program is made possible thanks to the invaluable help of the following supporters:

  • Julie Armistead
  • Capital One Art Program
  • Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
  • Doug Garr
  • Elaine Goldman
  • Lila Harnett
  • Herschel Supply Co.
  • The James Howell Foundation
  • The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
  • Murk & Co.
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Elizabeth Sackler Museum Educational Trust
  • Leon Polk Smith Foundation
  • Lenore G. Tawney Foundation

To learn more about contributing to this program email director@arttable.org.

Press Releases

June 1, 2022 – ArtTable Announces 17 Participants for National Fellowship Program Focused on Advancing Diversity in the Art World

February 16, 2022 – ArtTable Launches 2022 Fellowship Program

Click here for a list of past ArtTable Fellows

Photo credit: Christine Butler.
ArtTable News

News From Our Fellows

Read updates from our recent ArtTable fellows

Career Development Roundtable

ArtTable members Whitney Donhauser and Pauline Willis speaking to students at ArtTable’s 2017 Career Roundtable. Photo Courtesy of Fashion Institute of Technology.

In 2009 ArtTable launched the Career Development Roundtable, one of our longest-standing and most impactful career mentoring programs,  influencing the career paths of more than 2,000 students and emerging professionals.

The program, currently hosted in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and virtually, is designed to give emerging leaders in arts administration, art business, museum studies, art history, curatorial studies, and arts internships an experience to meet with professional women in the visual arts to discuss career opportunities.

Every year participants have the opportunity to gather around selected tables for open and engaged conversations with leading professional women, to learn about their diverse career paths and experiences, to gain insights and advice for their own career development, and to network and build future relationships with peers and mentors.

“I made so many new connections, and received invaluable advice from seasoned professionals.”

Help us to expand this program


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