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's Board of Directors


Artists Survey Results: Read the results from over 6,000 US and Canadian artists. This information 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 2015 size and growth of the art materials market in the US and Canada. Includes data on market size, number of artists, and growth from 2012-14. 

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.


NAMTA introduces BUSINESS PLANthe fourth volume 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 Materials World 2018 will bring a unique opportunity to Dallas, Texas for art materials dealers and suppliers from around the World to connect.
Co-locating with CAMEX again! Art Materials World and CAMEX attendees will have access to both shows.

March 4 - 6, 2018

Hyatt Regency Dallas
NAMTA's Host Hotel

Reservations must be made by Feb. 6, 2018 to receive the group rate.

Book Your Hotel Rooms
Reserve Your Booth Today
Floor is over 80% Sold

Contact Rick Munisteri for more details about exhibiting.

Reserve your Booth

See more information about Art Materials World


August 16th Issue   Featuring industry, membership, and member news items for NAMTA Members.   
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The Palette

August 9th Issue   The Palette from NAMTA is a colorful collection of art and industry news from websites & publications.   
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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.

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Art Advocacy NEWS

AUGUST 2017 Issue   Art Advocacy NEWS is emailed quarterly with stories and information about advocating for the arts. 
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Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 - Study & Video

Americans for the Arts’ released its fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).

By every measure, the results are impressive. This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 shows conclusively that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business!



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

Art Materials Retailers, Suppliers, and Independent Representatives

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RESOURCE Advantage     NETWORKING Advantage      SAVINGS PROGRAMS Advantage



Visit MITRAthe NEW website about Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists - and all who are interested.

FREE Posters


Two colorful and informative posters.
Download and print for you, your customers, schools, and/or art organizations.

Art Matters

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