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.


Art Materials World 2016
Two Shows - One Location!

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. March 6-8, 2016, in Houston, Texas, NAMTA's Art Materials World 2016 will co-locate with CAMEX, the annual convention of the National Association of College Stores, providing more exhibitors for buying companies to visit and a larger group of potential customers for exhibitors. 


Art Materials World  Frequently Asked Questions
 Everything you need to know about  NAMTA's Art Materials World
   Visit and like Art Materials World New Facebook Page
   Who is CAMEX - Get the facts about co-locating with CAMEX
   See what's great about Houston, watch this Video



NAMTA's Art Advocacy Website
now 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.


Retail Merchandising
A Key Piece of Art Materials Success

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/or 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 are addressed in this manual.

•   Visit the Resource Page and see all 3 manuals.
•   NAMTA Members get all the Retail Operations Training Manuals for FREE.
•   Non-members contact NAMTA for information to purchase.

Artists & Art Materials Study 2015
Survey Results and Market Summary

2015 Artist & Art Materials Study - Artists Survey Results
More thank 6,000 US and Canadian artists responded. The results can help you shape your business and have a better understanding of the needs, desires, trends and thoughts of your artist 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.

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.

•   Visit the Artist & Art Materials Study Page and get all the information.
•   NAMTA Members get all the Study information for FREE.
•   Non-members contact NAMTA for information to purchase.

This is the third edition of the study independently conducted in 2009, 2012, and 2015. It is the ONLY current national survey of artists in the USA and Canada. 


NAMTA Membership
The Advantages

The Resource Advantage
The Networking Advantage The Savings Advantage

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

Industry & Membership News

The Palette is a bi-weekly collection of news, articles and information from art-related websites and publications. The Palette shares art and art materials-related news and information. The Palette is available to all interested. 
Request a FREE e-subscription to The Palette

eNews is NAMTA's semi-monthly member newsletter, featuring industry and member news, sales and revenue ideas, retail training tips, advice from experts and practical information designed to help you and your business. Members can Contact NAMTA to make sure you are on your company's roster to receive eNews, and submit non-product member news.



 Supporting Art Advocacy
Resources and Information Website

Supporting the arts has always been 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.

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

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

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