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


 A New Artists & Art Materials Survey

NAMTA will open the Fourth Edition Artists & Art Materials Survey in mid-October.

Members can get a head start on planning their Survey Promotions by taking a look at the Artist Survey Promotional Page.

The results of this Survey will be the 2018 Artist & Art Materials Study.

  • The focus of the Study is active artists, typically those who have created ten or more artworks in the past year
  • The Study will cover the USA and Canadian artist markets
  • The results will be FREE for NAMTA members in 2018


Artists Survey Results from over 6,000 USA 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 USA and Canada include 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 with surveys 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.




    March 4 - 6, 2018

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.

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


September 13  Featuring industry, membership, and member news items for NAMTA Members.     Past Issues   

The Palette

September 20  A colorful collection of art and industry news from websites & publications.    Past Issues     Subscribe

Art Advocacy NEWS

August 2017  A quarterly enewsletter with stories and information about advocating for the arts.   See Past Issues     Subscribe


Members can ADVERTISE with NAMTA on NAMTA.org, in eNEWS, in The Palette from NAMTA, and at Art Materials World.


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.

Follow NAMTA Art Advocacy on Twitter.

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, Independent Representatives, and Industry Associates.

Visit the Membership Page to join today - online or by mail!




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


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