history of ARS


Hofmann, Hans (1880-1966) Rising Moon, 1965. Location : Private Collection. © 2015 Estate of Hans Hoffman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Art Resource, NY.

Hofmann, Hans (1880-1966) Rising Moon, 1965. Location : Private Collection.
© 2015 Estate of Hans Hoffman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Art Resource, NY.

Artists Rights Society (ARS) is the preeminent copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States. Founded in 1987, ARS represents the intellectual property rights interests of over 80,000 visual artists and their estates from around the world.

ARS represents American artists who become its direct adherents and it represents foreign artists who are members of affiliated arts organizations abroad. A complete list of ARS' member artists is to be found here.

ARS is also a member of CISAC (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs), the Paris-based, umbrella organization overseeing the activities of international copyright collecting societies. As part of this international network of rights organizations, ARS maintains relationships with like-minded "sister societies" abroad. Through reciprocal agreements, ARS represents the artist repertories of its foreign sister societies in the U.S., and they in turn represent ARS' American repertory in their territories.

A complete, current listing of all artists represented by ARS, both American and foreign, can be found here. A roster of most frequently sought artists may also be found in that same section.