AIGA is the professional association for design, with 70 chapters (there's one in Baltimore) and over 25,000 members. Their site features notes about national and local design events, job listings, a career guide, women in leadership roles, and efforts at increasing diversity within the industry.
The online site of the annual publications Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market and Photographer's Market, both vital resources for any emerging artist, designer or photographer trying to establish a successful career.
Directed toward both professional and student designers, this searchable online counterpart to Communication Arts magazine (the visual communication industry's largest international trade journal) features industry news, a showcase for new creative work, job listings, a place to post your resume, and entry forms for their six competitions.
The National Museum of American Illustration (Newport, RI) was founded in 1998 to house works from the 'Golden Age of American Illustration,' featuring such artists as Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, and Maxfield Parrish, and from all other styles and periods.
Learn about the work graphic designers do, the education and training involved, the salaries, the work environment, and what job prospects look like for graphic designers in the years ahead. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Society of Illustrators is the only national institution devoted solely to the art of illustration. At their webpage find information on art schools and career guidance, as well as information about upcoming exhibitions and traveling shows, and the Permanent Collection at the Society's Museum of American Illustration on Manhattan's east side.