One of the missions of BADG is to create visibility and opportunities for the members within the BADG community. We see our directory as a direct conduit between the media, manufacturers, developers, and homeowners. This exposure leads to increased traffic on our members’ own websites, as well as opportunities for custom projects, exhibitions, speaking engagements and brand partnerships. 

BADG is currently seeking experienced artists + designers who are self-employed professionals and identify as Black and of the African diaspora. We are currently accepting applications in the following areas of concentration: fine art, furniture design, ceramics, textiles, interior design, and  architecture. At this time, BADG is limited to the above listed art and design disciplines and no other creative fields will be considered.

Prospective applicants are reviewed by current members in the BADG community. Each application is carefully reviewed by a rotating committee.

Professional Member Benefits

  • ACCESS  to a global network of Black artists + designers 

  • EXPOSURE a public online profile of you and your work in the BADG Directory

  • PROMOTION of your work in BADG newsletter and social media to raise brand awareness and reach a curated audience of design specialists, buyers, and influencers.

  • INVITATIONS to be a panelist, industry events and exhibitions (Additional fees may apply. Not included in Digital Membership.)

  • DISCOUNTS to selected fee-based industry events (Not included in Digital Membership.)

  • MEDIA COVERAGE opportunities to be featured in various media outlets. (Not included in Digital Membership.)

  • COLLABORATIONS opportunities to collaborate with designer brands, design events and more (Not included in Digital membership)

Application Checklist

The following are required to be considered for a membership. 

  • Professional: Minimum 3 years of ownership of art studio practice and/or design business    

  • Online Presence: Active and current professional website and public Instagram page

  • Portrait: High resolution portrait image

  • Professional Bio: Full description of you and your company including the mission and philosophical direction of your practice (50 words or less)

  • Portfolio: 10 high resolution photos of completed projects/work with a clear point of view

  • Fine Artists, Furniture Designers, Ceramicists & Textile Designers: Your portfolio must include exhibitions, residencies, and/or distribution channels that include retailers, galleries, interior designers/architects or other

  • Interior Designers & Architects: Your portfolio must include an assortment of bespoke projects

  • Collaboration:  To maximize your membership, individuals should prepare to participate in business development and professional opportunities. (i.e., Dining by Design 2019, NYC; Texas Contemporary, Houston TX; Beyond the Mask, High Point, NC)

Membership Options


  • Digital Professional Membership: $100/year 
    Digital membership is a great option for artists and designers who are not based in New York City but would like to receive the online benefits of the BADG exposure. Please note this membership level DOES NOT provide access/invitations to industry events, media or collaborations; it is strictly a digital membership.

  • BADass Professional Membership: $180/year
    The BADass Professional option is the right choice to receive the full benefits of becoming a member.