Community oriented distribution, independent publishing, and literacy through the arts.

A.rt R.esources T.ransfer is a nonprofit organization committed to documenting and disseminating artists' voices and work to the broadest possible publics. Through A.R.T. Press, our Library Program, and Reading Resources, we activate the key components of the printed book—publication, distribution, education, and spaces of reading—to create more egalitarian access to the arts and literacy.

In 2022, A.R.T. celebrates Luis Camnitzer by distributing free art books in his name.

Testimonials

A.R.T was founded by William Bartman (1946-2005) in Los Angeles in 1987 as a publishing venture dedicated to documenting and disseminating artists' work. The organization has maintained a core commitment to egalitarian access to the arts and support for social spaces of reading since its inception.

Under the imprint A.R.T. Press, Bartman published monographs on a number of contemporary artists, including Mike Kelley, Vija Celmins, Allan McCollum, Merrill Wagner, David Reed and Chuck Close. Publications emphasize oral histories and the artist’s voice: artists played a central role in their books' production and most publications foreground the intimacy of the conversation format.

Intending to expand distribution of A.R.T. Press publications to public libraries in Los Angeles, the organization offered its books for free to local libraries. It found out that libraries could not accept the offer of free books because they could not afford the shipping costs. In 1990, a grant from the George Gund Foundation enabled A.R.T. to establish the Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) as a pilot program to distribute free books to nine libraries. Now known as the A.R.T. Library Program, this innovative initiative was designed to combat steadily diminishing public cultural funding in rural and inner-city communities. Currently the Library Program makes high quality resources on the arts donated by a diverse range of arts publishers (including 30% of all A.R.T. Press publications) available to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide. The Library Program covers all shipping costs, creating new distribution networks for artists and publishers and granting resources to public institutions that could not otherwise afford to acquire them. More than 25 years and thousands of libraries later, the Library Program continues to enable libraries to build comprehensive collections of contemporary art materials in areas where access to museums and other cultural institutions is limited.

In 1996, A.R.T. transferred to New York and operated as a bookstore and exhibition space in Chelsea. Until 2004, A.R.T. presented solo and group exhibitions granting exposure to a wide range of artists, with notable commitment to featuring the work of mid-career women artists. Following its mission to support artists and equitable public access to their work, the gallery did not take commission and granted all sales proceeds directly to the artists. Located at 11th Avenue and 24th Street, A.R.T. was presided over by the ebullient Bill Bartman (often dispensing chocolate and cookies) and provided an informal and convivial meeting place. Above all, it offered a stimulating program of multi-generational (re)discoveries, adding welcome variation to the Chelsea scene.

Staff

Alejandro Cesarco, Executive Director
Kylie Gilchrist
, Associate Director
Wendy Tronrud
, Education Consultant

Advisory Board

Julie Ault
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Anthony Huberman
Tanya Leighton
Glenn Ligon

Board

Joseph Miller-Gamble
Yasmil Raymond
Merrill Wagner

Current Institutional Support

Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
H.W. Wilson Foundation
The AG Foundation
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
The Wilhelm Family Foundation

Previous Institutional Support

American Library Association
Hauser & Wirth
Luhring Augustine Gallery
Marian Goodman Gallery
Maureen Paley Gallery
Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Regen Projects
Sikkema Jenkins & Co
The Laura B. Vogler Foundation
The Michael Asher Foundation

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