The International Art Materials Association - NAMTA®, established in 1950, is dedicated to promoting the art/creative materials industry. Members include retailers, manufacturers, distributors, importers, and independent reps from around the world. NAMTA's mission is to provide members with the products, services and information needed to grow and prosper. 

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2018 Artist & Art Materials Study

NAMTA’s 2018, tri-annual Artist & Art Materials Study is another of NAMTA’s great member benefits and represents the fourth in a series of valuable survey data about the Art Materials business and its customers. The Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017 for NAMTA by The Olinger Group of New Orleans.

The 2018 Artist & Art Materials Study is packaged in 3 reports:

  • Tables and Trending
  • Artists & Art Materials Survey Report
  • Artists & Art Materials Survey Comments

All three reports are free to download for NAMTA members.
Non-members can purchase Study for $500 - click here.

The 2018 NAMTA study was based on an online survey of 7,090 professional artists, student artists, and art hobbyists.  This very large sample size yields a very low margin of error of ± 1.1%. Every survey involves some degree of error – that is, some difference between the survey result and the actual population result if every member of the relevant population were measured. A margin of error ± 1.1% means that we are 95% confident that the survey result is within only ± 1.1% of the true population value.This extremely high degree of precision ensures that the survey-based estimates presented in this report are accurate and trustworthy.
Because the population was sampled by inviting respondents to self-select to participate, we are unsure which sources participants came to the survey from. But considering the large number and variety of participant sources, there should be no particular bias toward respondents from any one particular sample source.
- The Olinger Group 

2018 Retailer Study

NAMTA’s 2018 Retailer Study, the second piece of the association’s tri-annual Artist and Art Materials Survey, is a 36-page report, free to NAMTA members. Conducted by The Olinger Group of New Orleans, the study is the fourth report of art materials retailer research (previously studies were done in 2009, 2012, 2015) designed to identify and monitor current and future trends in the art industry. Both US (153) and Canadian (15) art materials retailers participated in the study, which was conducted between February 15 and March 9 of this year.
See 2018 Studies here.

Past Studies

2015 Study
  • Artists Survey Results from over 6,000 US and Canadian artists.
  • Artists & Art Materials Market Summary has data on 2015 size and growth of the art materials market in the USA and Canada.
  • Retail Survey Results from 150 art materials retailers in the US and Canada - core financial metrics, growth and product trends, marketing and business best practices, challenges, and feedback for suppliers.
Studies have been independently conducted in 2009, 2012, with surveys of artists in the USA and Canada. Studies are FREE for NAMTA members.

Art Materials World will co-locate with CAMEX one more time in San Antonio Texas in 2019.

Contact Rick Munisteri about reserving a booth, or Karen Brown to become a retail/buyer member - or call us at 704.892.6244. NAMTA Members do not pay extra to attend Art Materials World - it's included with membership.

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Retail Operations Manuals

Business Plan is the newest manual in the NAMTA Retail Operations Manual series. Your business plan is not a one-time exercise. While the first time that you create your Business Plan will likely be the most intense, re-reading and tweaking it annually is necessary to keep it relevant and useful. Each year there are likely to be changes to the retail landscape: new niches of retail open up; competition moves in and out of your trade area; art trends change.

Free-for-members. Click here to see them all.



Art Advocacy 

NAMTA provides a website, www.NAMTAartadvocacy.org, dedicated to advocating for the arts.

NAMTAartadvocacy.org includes information and stories - Resources, Facts, Member News and Canadian News, Canadian Resources, and more.

Would you like to make a donation to NAMTA's Art Advocacy efforts. NAMTA Art Advocacy Grants are for any program that supports the visual and creative art in Public Art, Art Education, The Military, and Health and Healing. The General Fund assists NAMTA in providing tools necessary to support the arts in communities.  Donate here.

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