Who's Who in American Art

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Who's Who in American Art is a biographical hardcover directory of noteworthy individuals in the visual arts community in the United States, published by Marquis Who's Who,[1] formerly by R.R. Bowker Publishing. The directory has also listed some individuals from Canada and Mexico, plus some American artists and arts professionals currently residing in other countries.[2] The latest edition includes 11,000 biographies of artists, critics, curators, administrators, librarians, historians, collectors, educators, dealers, and conservators, of whom 9,000 are artists.[3][4] Listings in the directory, which are provided by the listees, contain entrants' dates and places of birth; education and training; commissions and exhibitions; museums holding their work; professional positions; awards; books and articles by and about them; the media in which they work; their dealers and representatives; and their mailing addresses.


The first edition of the publication was released by the American Federation of Arts in 1940 under the title A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists.[5] It contained a Preface, Abbreviations, Biographies, Obituaries, and a Classified Geographical Index. Who's Who in American Art was published for many years by R.R. Bowker Publishing up to and including the 20th edition. It has since been published by Marquis Who's Who, beginning with the 21st edition.[2] In November 2006, Marquis released the 27th edition, titled Who's Who in American Art 2007-2008.[6] The 31st edition is scheduled for release in November 2011 and includes 11,000 artists.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b "Who's Who in American Art 2011 - Publications", Marquis Who's Who, March 2011, webpage: MWW-AmArt-2011.
  2. ^ a b "Who's Who, American Art Directory, Museum Directory", Artbusiness.com, March 2011, webpage: ArtBus-402.
  3. ^ "American Art Directory". Americanartdir.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Amazon.com: Who's Who in American Art 2011 -31st Edition", Amazon.com, March 2011, webpage: Amazon-109.
  5. ^ ASIN B000KFZBTU
  6. ^ "27th edition of Who's Who in American Art 2007-2008". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 

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