Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc.


About TFAO and


Mission statement

The character of affairs of Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. is for charitable purposes including fostering education and nurturing understanding of American visual arts among student and adult populations through publications, guidance and counseling of nonprofit arts organizations and related activities.



Expansion of TFAO's digital library and catalogs
Guidance to museums using the Internet
All programs are provided without charge.



Expanding and archiving online exhibit information by museums
Conservation of art collections
Exhibition and touring of private collections


Summary of accomplishments and history

TFAO fosters education and nurturing understanding of American visual arts among diverse publics, with concentration on representational art.

TFAO's website is the world's most valued and visited site devoted to American representational art. Inspiration for the focus of TFAO was provided by a myriad of artists living and deceased, Peter and Elaine Adams, John and Barbara Hazeltine, Gerald J. Miller and Jean Stern. Every day, thousands of individuals including students, scholars, teachers and others view educational and informational materials on TFAO's site, which is structured as a digital library. For more information on visitation, please see rankings and usage data.

In 2003 TFAO acquired an online publication devoted to education and understanding of American representational art founded in 1997 named Resource Library Magazine. In 2004 TFAO changed the name of the publication to Resource Library, which remains the current name. The publication, since inception provided without charge as a public service, contains 1,300+ articles and essays written by hundreds of named authors, plus thousands of other texts, all providing educational and informational content to students, scholars, teachers and others. Published materials related to exhibitions frequently contain texts from exhibition brochures or catalogues, magazine or journal articles, gallery guides, wall panels, labels, audio tour scripts, checklists and news releases, plus related images. Resource Library also provides free publicity to hundreds of American nonprofit art venues including museums, the source of almost all of Resource Library's content. Click here to view an estimate of TFAO's total quantity of image and text files. Some text files contain many thousands of words. (left: JP Hazeltine, Director and President)


TFAO also publishes:

National Calendar of Exhibitions
Reports and Studies


TFAO provides financial assistance to nonprofits for programming.

(right: Abby Rockefeller, 1900, Photograph, George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons* Ms. Rockefeller's exceptional philanthropy is enormously aspirational. Our current grant making ability is quite miniscule in comparison.)


Educational support

In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for university students to justify a major or minor in art history from an economic point of view. Since familiarity with the liberal arts is beneficial for a well-rounded education, TFAO provides an alternate in-depth resource which may be accessed at leisure during an individual's lifetime.


To review:

- financial information please click here.

- volunteer time contribution information please click here.



Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The Articles of Incorporation were approved by the Arizona Corporation Commissioner on August 5, 2003 as an Arizona nonprofit corporation.

TFAO is an acronym for Traditional Fine Arts Organization. On this website Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. is alternately referred to as TFAO or TFAOI. TFAO's content may be searched through two two domain names: and Visit TFAO's rankings and usage page to learn more about this feature.

For further information please see:

Site guide
How TFAO maintains pages
Vision of the Future
Publication delays

Privacy of users

User tracking cookies are not installed by TFAO on its website. A benefit of this policy is that users access pages very quickly. You may wish to go to for an access speed measurement. For more information please see our Privacy Policy.


Contact information

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How to find content on our site:

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

Also see Indexes and information retrieval for more information.


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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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