Covers 131 titles published in the last twenty years, from 1980 through 1999. Most of the works indexed are in English, although some titles in French and Spanish are included. Artists are listed alphabetically, with birth and death dates, nationality, media in which the artist worked, and a code referring to the bibliography of titles indexed. Variant spellings, pseudonyms, and alternate names appear in parentheses after the name, with cross references provided. Coverage is worldwide, and some titles have been included that are not strictly biographical, in order to provide coverage for lesser-known artists. The main volume, published in 1973, was selected as an outstanding reference source by a committee of the Reference and Adult Services Division of ALA.
Patrica Pate Havlice is a reference librarian at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her earlier books are Art in Time, Index to American Author Bibliographies, Index to Artistic Biography, and World Painting Index. Three of her books have been chosen Best Reference Books of the Year by ALA's Reference Books Committee.