Museum across the country enjoy special privileges as AFA members. In addition to the opportunity to host AFA exhibitions, museum members are offered discounts on art insurance, benefit from reduced advertising rates with art publications, and receive discounted subscription rates to major art magazines.

Participation in AFA programs directly affects your institution, allowing you to successfully fulfill your mission and serve your community. Membership also supports the activities of the AFA, reaching more than one million people a year in the U.S. through our exhibitions, programs and professional conferences.

To join as a museum member, contact Brian Keliher at 212.988.7700, ext. 291; or email


Museum members may choose from the wide selection of art shows from the AFA exhibition program. AFA exhibitions cover all genres and time periods, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. For each of its shows, the AFA provides members with an experienced team of curators, registrars, educators, and public relations staff to support the realization and presentation of the exhibition at each venue. The AFA develops the curatorial concept, selects and works closely with commissioned curators and authors, negotiates loans, and publishes catalogues in conjunction with leading publishers. In addition, the AFA organizes all aspects of touring, arranging the transportation and storage of the artwork, and overseeing the art installation through its registrars. Each exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, as well as promotional and educational materials of the highest standards.

Art Insurance

ArtSure, the AFA’s insurance program, offers high-quality fine arts insurance to members at competitive prices. Coverage is arranged by Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency , a leading insurance broker that specializes in art insurance and offers low premiums and deductibles to member museums. A highly experienced customer service representative works exclusively with AFA members.

Reduced Magazine Advertisement Rates

Museum members receive special discounts on advertising rates with Art in America, the premier international art magazine. An Art in America representative will work with you to determine the needs of your market.

Discounted Magazine Subscriptions

Member museums are offered reduced subscription rates to Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews, Art + Auction, and other art magazines.

Public Programs

In the fall of 2012, the American Federation of Arts inaugurated a new series of panel discussions to address current topics and issues pertinent to museums and arts organizations. ArtViews panels have now become a remarkably successful program and an important forum for museum professionals, students, arts administrators and the general public to engage with the arts community on a variety of topics.

Complimentary Exhibition Catalogues

Our beautifully produced exhibition catalogues offer significant contributions to the study of art history. Member museums receive a complimentary copy of one AFA exhibition catalogue per year.


Members are listed on our website, annual report, and in various other promotional materials.