The International Association of Art (IAA) has been affiliated to UNESCO as a non-governmental organization (NGO) since 1954 and is recognized as the only international professional association in the field of visual arts. The members are national artists' associations in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking and other forms of creative work in the visual arts.

The IAA card is recognized and accepted by museums and art institutions around the world and is an important tool for the artists in their professional artistic research. These institutions recognize the benefit they gain from enabling the artists (in the same way as art critics and art journalists) to visit exhibitions, art events and collections of art, to carry on research and to gain inspiration.

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Purpose of the IAA Card

The IAA Card (International Identity Card for Professional Artists) grants to its holder free admission or price reduction to/in many museums, galleries and cultural institutions around the world. It is seen as a tool for the lifelong education of artists.


Application and validity

Professional visual artists are eligible to apply for the IAA card. The following conditions should be fulfilled:

  1. If you are a member of an organization associating professional visual artists you need to prove the membership.
  2. If you are not a member of an organization associating professional visual artists you need to prove that you have a professional degree in fine arts (unless you are a well-respected person in the visual arts scene).

It is the responsibility of the National Committees to issue the IAA card to artists living in their country. For a list of the European National Committees, please check the following link.

The validity of the card is different in each country. Please contact your National Committee for detailed information.



The office of IAA Europe provides a graphic template, which is available upon request for the National Commitees and has to be updated according to regional differences.


Acceptance of IAA card

There is no official list of institutions, which accept the card, but several countries provide a listing of museums and institutions accepting it. Please find an overview here: