The annual American Artwork presents a juried collection of contemporary painting, photography, sculpture and craft. Now in its 20th year, copies are printed in Hong Kong and mailed to design firms, art consultants, galleries and others.

Juried by California College of the Arts Painting Instructor Emeritus Howard Eige and former Oakland craft gallery owner Jan Christensen-Heller, our publications were called "stunning" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Since 2002, we have exhibited over 3,500 emerging and mid-career artists.

There is no jury fee. If juried in participation is $198 for one page, or $395 for a two-page spread. Participants receive 8 books, or 12 when taking a spread. Shipping is included.

Submit for the 2025 edition here. The deadline is June 15, 2024. The books arrive in early October.


"I love working with Tom Palmer. American Artwork is a great service for artists if they desire this type of promotion. I have been doing this for many years. The cost is relatively minor, it gets my work in front of a new curator for each edition, it puts an image of my work into a magazine/book that goes out to a large number of curators, (it is a promotional book) so it has been a great avenue to market. The work also is placed online and can be found via search. I have received exhibition offers with good curators (no fee to show type curators) and then sales from the exhibitions, and have had my consultants use the books to show their clients. I usually splurge and purchase a few books as gifts for those who have been showing and/or selling my work. There is usually an offer to purchase additional cards to mail or promote which the quality has been outstanding and the price is standard. Tom also has been a great person to work with."
Kathryn Arnold, painter

“Thanks in part to my work being in your beautiful book, the Denver Art Museum is auctioning a commission by me to raise funds. They sold copies of the book at the auction…twenty books went flying off the table at “DAM Uncorked” and my commission auctioned for $5000 to the museum, so it was a great success!…And, your books got me into some beautiful galleries in Mexico. They took 11 paintings for Punta de Mita, Vallarta and Mexico City and have been selling already! In general, Mexico really supports original art and NOBODY hangs prints on their walls.”
Lisa Ambler, painter

“You are doing good work, Tom, providing a service to the industry. Photography has many sides, one of them being as a workhorse. Those in the fine art sector who look down on commercial work simply don’t know their history. The photographers I admire most, Edward Steichen, W. Eugene Smith, James Fee, Christian Boltanski, worked commercially in order to realize their fine art—along with countless others in editorial or stock work. I’ve known few worthy photographers outside this model.”
Carol McCusker, Ph.D., Curator, Museum of Photographic Arts

“Thank you for including an image of mine on the cover. My rep got my copies out promptly to my most ambitious collectors and I made my first sale two days ago. Many thanks … I believe that I have now made seven sales related to the books in which you have included my photography. They have proven to be an exceptionally fine vehicle to generate sales and enhance my reputation, even in a down economic time. FYI – I have received offers for two solo shows based on my presence in your books.”
Brian Vikander, photographer

“I just wanted to tell you how much I love the new book! I have already sold a painting because of it and passed on the book to the client. I have received a contact from a designer in Texas interested in placing my work in a new property in Hawaii! The piece in the book is now being presented in a show opening this week in New York City, sponsored by Art Approach and they have published more of my images in a coffee table book entitled “Contemporary Art in Focus: Modern Masters.” Thank you so much for all you do to produce such beautiful books; they are a wonderful sales tool and always look so professional.”
Bonnie Carter, painter

“Really like the book and will definitely refer to it. Thank you for sending and yes, please send annually.”
Christy Hamari, Hamari Art Consulting

“I wanted to let you know that I got a gallery show in San Anselmo as a result of last year’s edition! Thank you for producing such a high quality product to showcase our work.”
Kristen Jensen, painter