To get published in a national directory of artists such as “Who’s Who in American Art,” submit a biography – including information about education and employment, a list of creative works and awards, memberships in professional and civic organizations, names of family members and a mailing address – for screening. Getting listed in local artists directories usually requires buying a membership in a specific association or club.
One of the more important artist directories in the United States, “Who’s Who in American Art” is a carefully researched listing of artists that lists their current biographical and professional information. However, these listings don’t include photographs of art work. “Who’s Who” accepts artists’ submissions of biographies (online or by mail) as well as nominations from local arts groups, state arts councils and colleagues. These submissions are then screened by the publisher, and artists are notified when the screening is complete four to six weeks later.
Another way to get listed in an artists directory is to join a local arts group that publishes its own or to buy a membership with an online organization such as FloridaArtistsRegisty.com, which offers members benefits such as multi-page websites to display their work in addition to simple text entries. As of 2015, fees range from $10-$250 per year, depending on the level of membership. County and state governments and local chambers of commerce may also publish artists directories.