A monumental reference work, The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters lists those Native American artists who use, or have used, paint as their medium. The directory updates the previously published reference source, American Indian Painters: A Biographical Directory (1968) by Jeanne Snodgrass-King, and has been expanded to include over three thousand names of Native American painters working from 1800 to the present.
Typical entries list the artist's tribal affiliation and tribal name, birth and death dates, residence, publications, exhibits, awards, and honors. Brief passages of human interest complement the biographical information. Excerpts from professional reviews and critical essays are also provided.