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.


Co-locating with CAMEX - Two Shows - One Location
Houston, Texas, March 6 - 8

Make Sure You Have a Badge - click here or call 704.892.6244

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.   


Get the Facts about CAMEX
Art Materials World and CAMEX will be located on the same show floor. Art Materials World attendees and CAMEX attendees will have access to both shows. Art Materials World Exhibitors will all be located together in the same area so NAMTA buyers will be able to easily walk the aisles of great Art Materials World products. 

Houston Hotel Information
The NAMTA Headquarter Hotel, The Hyatt Regency Houston at 1200 Louisiana Street, has SOLD OUT the NAMTA room block -  but, there are a range of other hotels in downtown Houston. Click here for a list of hotel options with phone numbers.
You can also consider staying in a suburban hotel location which may have a lower room rate and then drive to the convention center.  
The George R. Brown Convention Center has three different daily parking options ranging from $10 – 20 per day.   
Art Materials World 2016 Mobile App

To enhance your conference experience, we're providing a state-of-the-art mobile app to give you important conference information right at your fingertips. With this app, you can:

  • Create your own custom schedule
  • Take notes and export them to your email
  • Connect with other Attendees, Speakers and Exhibitors
  • Get instant alerts with important conference information
  • View award-winning TripBuilder city content for Houston

To download the mobile app click on the App Store or Google Play Store icon on your mobile device and search for NAMTA.
Or plug into your phone's browser.

If you're using an iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry device, you will be directed to where you can download the appropriate native app.

If you're using another type of device, you will be directed to the HTML5 version of the NAMTA 2016 app.
(Note: A wireless internet connection or 3G network is required to use this feature.)
The NAMTA Mobile App is sponsored by DecoArt and Grafix.

About Houston


     News & Resources for Canada 

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.

A Fact about the Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts
A Fact about the Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts - Art Gallery programs occupy an integral place in communities, especially through links with children: art galleries funded by the Canada Council for the Arts report over 30,000 tours offered to school groups, representing nearly 1 million children a year. See other important Canadian facts about the


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. 


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.

NAMTA Membership

The Advantages

The Resource Advantage
The Networking Advantage The Savings Advantage Become a NAMTA Member

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

Industry & Membership News

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

 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.

Read the eNEWS Archives



 Supporting Art Advocacy
Resources and Information Website

Supporting the Arts is 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.

FREE Posters - Download and Print

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.