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New York Artists Equity Association records, 1920-2012

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New York Artists Equity Association
Simon, Sidney
Avery, Frances
O'Hanlon, Richard E. (Richard Emmett)
Marinoff, Elaine
Steinbaum, Bernice
Stirton, Laura
Gross, Chaim
Laufman, Sidney
Zerbe, Karl
Walker, Hudson D. (Hudson Dean)
Bolotsky, Marvin
Mandel, Howard
Carswell, Mary
Newman, Elias
Diener, Bert
Nevelson, Louise
Kramer, Hilton
Gillespie, Dorothy Muriel
Knight, Gwendolyn
Phillips, Renée
Zaleski, Jean
Gussow, Alan
Frankenthaler, Helen
Facci, Domenico Aurelio
Poroner, Palmer
Sandler, Irving
Fiene, Ernest
Lipsky, Eleanor
Sloan, John French
Kertess, Klaus
Karp, Ivan C.
Winters, Denny Sonke
Gussow, Roy
Goulet, Lorrie H.
Fuller, Sue
Bibro, Denise
Golub, Leon
Brodski, Judith
Hayter, Stanley William
Waterson, Harry
Ashford, Doug
Kotik, Charlotte
Lawrence, Jacob
Cohen, Jean
Rothschild, Lincoln
Wayne, June Claire
Kroll, Leon
Babin, Angela
Smith, David
Searles, Charles Robert
Teller, Susan
Newman, Arnold
Berger, Ted
Smart, Bill
Phillips, Helen
Hall, Nan
Hasen, Burt
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)
Reeves, Ruth
deLisser, Carolyn
Refregier, Anton
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
Marxer, Donna
Concholar, Dan
Millman, Edward
Art Bank (U.S.)
Artists Welfare Fund
Broome Street Gallery
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
26.9 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The records of the New York Artists Equity Association (NYAEA) measure 26.9 linear feet and date from 1920-2012. The records include history and founding documents, presidents' files, board of directors' files that include monthly board meeting minutes, committee files and annual membership meeting minutes, general administrative and correspondence files, financial and legal files, event and program files, artists and subject files, extensive individual membership files, art project and exhibition files, Broome Street Gallery files, NYAEA publications that include issues of "The Artists Proof," printed materials, four scrapbooks, sketches created by artists attending a party in honor of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and photographs of member artists and events. The President's files appear to be complete and include files for presidents Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Louise Nevelson, Harry Waterson, Roy Gussow, Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Karl Zerbe, Ernst Fiene, Sidney Laufman, Carolyn deLisser, Burt Hasen, and Bert Diener, among others. Committee files and meeting minutes are found, as well as general administrative and correspondence files which include information pertaining to the national level Association.
Event files include documentation of the Association's Art Thursday series, where they hosted talks and panels by artists. Artists referenced in these files include Jean Cohen, Charles Searles, Leon Golub, Doug Ashford, Bruno Palmer-Poroner, Dom Facci, Susan Teller, Eleanor Lipsky, Ted Berger, Hilton Kramer, Bernice Steinbaum, Laura Stirton, Jean Zaleski, Renee Philips, Denise Bibro, Dan Concholar, Irving Sandler, Angela Babin, Dorothy Gillespe, Donna Marxer, Nan Hall, Ivan Karp, Alan Gussow, Mary Carswell, Bill Smart, Charlotte Kotik, Klaus Kertess, Elaine Marinoff, and Judith Brodski. Additional events covered in this series include the annual awards dinner, masquerade balls, lectures, the Association's 55th Anniversary event, which includes recollections by Helen Frankenthaler, Sidney Simon, and Lorrie Goulet, as well as other events and programs. Videocassette and sound recordings of many of the events are found here.
Artists' and subject files contain mostly printed materials about a few artists and subjects or issues in which the Association was interested.
There are extensive files on individual members that include card files, applications, biographies, and clippings.
Project and exhibition files include material pertaining to the Artists Welfare Fund, the Art Bank artwork donation, and a few scattered exhibitions. Additional exhibition and event files are found in the series containing the Broome Street Gallery files.
Association publications consist of what appears to be a full run of Association newsletters and reports. The NYAEA newsletter changed its name to "The Artists Proof" in 1986. Additional printed materials include exhibition catalogs and announcements, programs, clippings, posters, and newsletters of other arts organizations. There are four scrapbooks (two unbound) that contain printed materials, and a few items of correspondence. One of the scrapbooks documents the annual "Bal Fantastique".
Artwork consists mostly of sketches and drawings by artists attending a 1948 dinner in honor of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Photographs are of members and events. Photographers include Arnold Newman, Marvin Bolotsky, and Frances Avery, among others. Numerous notable artists are depicted in the images.
New York Artists Equity Association records, 1920-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Biography Note:
The New York Artists Equity Association (originally the Artists Equity Association) was created in 1947 to promote and support living American artists.
The records were donated to the Archives of American Art by the New York Artists Equity Association in several increments between 1980-2016.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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