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.


NAMTA Members

In 2016, for the first time ever, NAMTA held its annual conference and trade show in conjunction with another association – CAMEX . . . the college bookstores.  The overall reaction from NAMTA members and exhibitors was positive and you can read a synopsis of their post-conference evaluation survey results here.

2015 Market Study and Summary

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. 

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. 

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

NAMTA’s 3rd Retail Operations Training Manual, Retail Merchandising, is written specifically for art materials retailers. 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 are FREE for NAMTA members.


Industry & Membership News

eNews - June 22nd edition 
A bi-weekly newsletter for members.

The Palette - June 15th edition
Bi-weekly collection of news and articles from art-related websites & publications. 

e-Subscription available to all interested. 


 Art Materials World 2016
Thank You to all Attendees & Exhibitors    

Art materials retail buyers see the latest fine art supply products,
attend educational sessions and social events, and network with the industry at NAMTA's annual trade show - Art Materials World. 

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

Next Art Materials World                                    
Salt Lake City, Utah                                                   Visit and 'Like Us' on Facebook
March 5 - 7, 2017


NAMTA's Art Advocacy
Art Matters 

Supporting the Arts is a key objective for NAMTA members and helps them 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. 

Canadian News and  Canadian Resources on
Ontario Arts Council - a new report demonstrates the economic importance of Arts & Culture in Ontario. 

Have questions about NAMTA's Art Advocacy, or a story about supporting the arts in your community, contact NAMTA. 

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.