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


New Resources

NAMTA's 2018 Retail Survey
   Art Materials Retailers - take this survey!

Whether or not you are a NAMTA member . . . when you complete this survey you will automatically be qualified to receive a FREE copy of the results, and also have the option to enter a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards. Don't wait too long - the Art Materials Retailer Survey closes on March 15.

Check out positions available with NAMTA member companies.

The 2018 Artist & Art Materials Study   Just Released!  Free for Members!

Artist & Art Materials Studies

The 2018 Artist & Art Materials Study

NAMTA’s 2018, tri-annual Artist and Art Materials Survey 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 Study features the responses of more than 7,000 artists in the USA and Canada, including information on questions regarding artworks created, art materials, content use, social media, spending by product category and retail channel, feedback for retailers, demographics, and returning to art. The survey, which is the fourth of the tri-annual series dating back to 2009, 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-member price is $500 - use this form to purchase, or email

2015 Studies
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, and 2015 with surveys of artists in the USA and Canada. Studies are FREE for NAMTA members.


Art Materials World


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March 14
Featuring industry, membership, and news items from NAMTA Members.    
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The Palette 
March 7
A colorful collection of art and industry news from websites & publications.   
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Retail Operations Manuals

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,, dedicated to advocating for the arts. includes information and stories - Resources, Facts, Member News and Canadian News, Canadian Resources, and more.

Art Advocacy NEWS

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


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!


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