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Art Institution, Organisation and Art Group Initials & Abbreviations

A reference guide to art institution abbreviations, and the initials found after artists' names.

A Associate
AA Architectural Association
AAA Allied Artists' Association
ABNA Association of British Naive Artists
AEB Art Exhibitions Bureau
AG Art Gallery
AIA Artists' International Association
AOI Association of Illustrators
ARA Associate of the Royal Academy
ARCA Associate of the Royal College of Art OR Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy
ARHA Associate of the Royal Hibernain Academy
ARPE Associate of the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers
ARSA Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy
ARSW Associate of the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society
ARWS Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society
AWG Art Workers' Guild
B Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham
BAG British Artists in Glass
BI British Institution (established as a rival to the RA)
BM British Museum
BSM British Society of Miniaturists
BSOE British Society of Enamellers
Bt. Baronet
BWS British Watercolour Society
CAS Contemporary Art Society
CASW Contemporary Art Society for Wales
CEMA Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts
CSD Chartered Society of Designers (formerly the SIAD)
EAGMA East Anglian Group of Marine Artists
F Fellow OR Founder Member
FAS Fine Art Society
FP Founder President
FPS The Free Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers (formerly the Free Painters Group)
FRSA Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
FSA Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
GG Grosvenor Gallery (1877-90)
GI Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
H / Hon. Honorary Member OR Honorary
HS Hilliard Society of Miniaturists
IAL Institute of Artists in Landscape
ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts
IEA Institute of East Anglian Artists
IS International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers
L or WAGL Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
LAA Liverpool Academy of Arts
LG London Group
LS London Salon
M or MCG Manchester City Art Gallery
MAFA Manchester Academy of Fine Arts
MASF The Miniature Art Society of Florida
MPSGS The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.
Nat Gall National Gallery, London
NA National Academy of Design (New York)
NBA North British Academy
NEAC New English Art Club
NG New Gallery (Founded 1888)
NPG National Portrait Gallery, London
NPS National Portrait Society
NS National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers/Printmakers
NSA New Society of Artists OR Nottingham Society of Artists
NWG North Wales Group
NWS New Watercolour Society (see RI)
OM Order of Merit
OWS Old Watercolour Society (see RWS)
P President
PP Past President
PAI Paisley Art Institute
PS Pastel Society
PVP Past Vice President
RA Royal Academy of Arts or Royal Academician
RBA Royal Society of British Artists OR Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street (SS) (See also SBA)
RBC Royal British Colonial Society of Artists
RBS Royal British Society of Sculptors (from 2003, formerly the Royal Society of British Sculptors)
RBSA Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, OR Member Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
RCA Member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Manchester; Royal Canadian Academy; Royal College of Art, London
RCamA Royal Cambrian Academy
RE Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers/Painter-Printmakers (see RPE)
RDI Royal Designer for Industry
RGI Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art
RHA Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin OR Member Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
RI Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (formerly NWS) or Member Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects or Member Royal Institute of British Architects
RMS Royal Miniature Society (Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers)
ROI Royal Institute of Oil Painters OR Member Royal Institute of Oil Painters
RP Royal Society of Portrait Painters
RPE Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (later RE) OR Member Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers
RPS Royal Photographic Society
RS Royal Society
RSA Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; Royal Scottish Academy OR Member Royal Scottish Academy
RSMA Royal Society of Marine Artists
RSW Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours OR Member Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours
RUA Royal Ulster Academy
RWA Royal West of England Academy
RWS Royal Watercolour Society (formerly OWS) OR Member Royal Watercolour Society
SBA Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street Founded 1824 (See RBA) Also: Society of Botanical Artists
SC Senefelder Club
SEA / SEq.A Society of Equestrian Artists, OR Society for Education in Art
SGA Society of Graphic Art
SGFA Society of Graphic Fine Art (formerly The Society of Graphic Art)
SIAD Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (formerly the Society of Industrial Artists)
SM Society of Miniaturists
SMP Society of Mural Painters
SOFA Society of Feline Artists
SPS Society of Portrait Sculptors
SS Suffolk Street (See RBA)
SSA Society of Scottish Artists
SSWA Scottish Society of Women Artists
SWA Society of Women Artists
SWAS South Wales Art Society
SWE Society of Wood Engravers
SWG South Wales Group/The Welsh Group
SWLA Society of Wildlife Artists
TWASI The Wildlife Art Society International
UA United Society of Artists
VP Vice-President
WAC Welsh Arts Council/The Arts Council of Wales
WIAC Women's International Art Club
WSW Watercolour Society of Wales

A list of abbreviations commonly used when describing pictures and art may be found here.

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