(above: Albertus Del Orient Browere, The Lone Prospector, 1853, oil on canvas, Oakland Museum of California. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)
The Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) website is the world's largest and most visited site devoted to American representational art. Its contents were created largely through generous gifts of time and talent on the part of hundreds of individuals from all walks of life. In keeping with its principle of free service to all, TFAO has been operated by volunteers from its inception. TFAO has no employees.
TFAO welcomes volunteers to further the broadening of knowledge of American representational art. Individuals who are:
or have free time after work hours are all welcome.
Volunteering is suited for individuals who enjoy American art, library science, art history and research projects. Volunteers choose their own hours and work independently from the location of their choice.
We are proud to acknowledge our volunteers' efforts throughout our website.
(above: Edmund Ashe, Hunter with Mule, c. 1920, oil on masonite, 24 x 20 in. Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Opportunities for Volunteers
Project-related out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursable within guidelines agreed upon between TFAO and volunteers.
Most volunteer work has no time requirement. Work can be done any time of day or night in any time zone.
Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) offers online the most thorough body of knowledge concerning American representational art through its publication Resource Library, plus projects, reports, studies and catalogues including:
For the past 19 years, all content has been presented to the public free of charge - and will continue on that basis permanently. TFAO is 100% non-commercial.
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How to find content on our site using search engines:
Conduct keyword searches within TFAO's website and Resource Library, a collection of articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art, using the advanced search feature of these search engines:
Or, before entering keywords in a basic search, enter site:tfaoi.org.
Also see Indexes and information retrieval for more information.
Links to sources of information outside of our web site are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History.
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