The International Art Materials Association - NAMTA® 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.


Industry & Membership News

eNEWS is NAMTA's semi-monthly member newsletter featuring industry information and member news. Members, click here to submit company news.
Read eNews - April 27th edition 

The Palette is a bi-weekly collection of news, articles and information from art-related websites and publications. 
e-Subscription available to all interested. 
Read The Palette - April 20th edition


 Art Materials World 2016
Thank You to all Attendees & Exhibitors



See 2016 Art Materials World Show Pictures, Award Winners, and more here.

Art Materials World is where art materials retail buyers see the latest products in fine art supplies, attend educational sessions and social events, and network with the industry.  

Thank You! to DecoArt and Grafix for sponsoring the Art Materials World 2016 Mobile App


NAMTA's Art Advocacy
Art Matters -

Supporting the Arts is a key objective for NAMTA members. NAMTA has an Art Advocacy website to help its members find the resources and tools they need to address a wide range of Art Advocacy issues that can develop in their community. You can show your support by displaying the NAMTA Art Advocacy Logo and the link to on your website and in your newsletters. Have questions about NAMTA's Art Advocacy, or a story about supporting the arts in your community, contact NAMTA.

News & Resources for Canada 
NAMTA's Art Advocacy website has a page dedicated to Canadian News, as well as a page with Canadian Resources to provide NAMTA's Canadian members with the tools and knowledge to help you to get involved in advocating for the arts in Canada and its communities.

A Fact about the Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts
A Fact about the Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts - Art Gallery programs occupy an integral place in communities, especially through links with children: art galleries funded by the Canada Council for the Arts report over 30,000 tours offered to school groups, representing nearly 1 million children a year. See other important Canadian facts about the arts at


Artists & Art Materials Studies
Survey Results and Market Summaries

2015 Artist & Art Materials Study - Artists Survey Results
Results from over 6,000 US and Canadian artists that can help you shape your business and have a better understanding of the needs, desires, trends and thoughts of your customers. 

2015 Artists and Art Materials Market Summary
The only data available on the 2015 size and growth of the art materials market in the USA and Canada. Includes data on market size, number of artists, and growth from 2012 to 2014.

2015 Retail Survey Results
Get the results of a 2015 survey of 150 art materials retailers in the USA and Canada: core financial metrics, growth trends, product trends, marketing and business best practices, challenges, and feedback for suppliers.

Studies were independently conducted in 2009, 2012, and 2015.
They are the ONLY current national survey of artists in the USA and Canada. 
Studies are FREE for NAMTA members.


Retail Merchandising

Merchandising is NAMTA’s 3rd Retail Operations training manual, written specifically for art materials retailers. Whether a novice in the business or a veteran retailer looking to explore the changing dynamics of art materials sales, you’ll learn more about how this important facet of retailing can be managed in both brick-and-mortar and online environments. Target marketing, selecting vendors, shipping issues and costs, planograms, inventory control, managing your product mix, pricing strategies, working with sales reps, and so much more. Visit the Resource Page and see all 3 manuals. 

Retail Operations Training Manuals for FREE for NAMTA members.

NAMTA Membership
The Advantages

NAMTA members have an advantage in the art and creative materials industry - 
the products, services, networking and information they need to grow and prosper. 

The Resource Advantage

The Networking Advantage

The Savings Advantage

Become a NAMTA Member

Art Matters!
T-shirts & Posters

Art Matters T-Shirts
Order Art Matters T-Shirts for you or your company or organization.

FREE Posters - Download and Print

For you, your customers, schools, and art organizations - 2 colorful and informative posters to Download-and-Print.