The International Art Materials Association - NAMTA®

NAMTA, established in 1950, 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. 

You Can Join NAMTA Today

NAMTA members do not pay entrance fees to attend Art Materials World.

Visit the Membership Page to join today - online or by mail.
New memberships come with a 100% satisfaction, money-back guarantee.

Call 704.892.6244 for more information.

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New Listing from Colart on Aug. 31

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Art Materials World will co-locate with CAMEX one more time in San Antonio Texas in 2019. On November 1, Online Registration opens.

Contact Rick Munisteri about reserving a booth, or Karen Brown to become a retail/buyer member - or call us at 704.892.6244. NAMTA Members do not pay extra to attend Art Materials World - it's included with membership.

Visit the Art Materials World page for details. If you are not a member, fill out this form to be on our email/mail list so you can receive updates.

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Featuring industry, membership, and news items. 
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in eNews, in The Palette,
and at Art Materials World

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2018 Artist & Art Materials Study

NAMTA’s 2018, tri-annual Artist & Art Materials Study 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 Survey 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-members can purchase Study for $500 - click here.

This study was based on an online survey of 7,090 professional artists, student artists, and art hobbyists. This very large sample size yields a very low margin of error of ± 1.1%. Every survey involves some degree of error – that is, some difference between the survey result and the actual population result if every member of the relevant population were measured. A margin of error ± 1.1% means that we are 95% confident that the survey result is within only ± 1.1% of the true population value.This extremely high degree of precision ensures that the survey-based estimates presented in this report are accurate and trustworthy.
Because the population was sampled by inviting respondents to self-select to participate, we are unsure which sources participants came to the survey from. But considering the large number and variety of participant sources, there should be no particular bias toward respondents from any one particular sample source. - The Olinger Group 

2018 Retailer Study

NAMTA’s 2018 Retailer Study, the second piece of the association’s tri-annual Artist and Art Materials Survey, is a 36-page report, free to NAMTA members. Conducted by The Olinger Group of New Orleans, the study is the fourth report of art materials retailer research (previously studies were done in 2009, 2012, 2015) designed to identify and monitor current and future trends in the art industry. Both US (153) and Canadian (15) art materials retailers participated in the study, which was conducted between February 15 and March 9 of this year.
See 2018 Studies here.

Past Studies

2015 Study
  • 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 were also independently conducted in 2009 & 2012, with surveys of artists in the USA and Canada. Studies are FREE for NAMTA members.

Retail Operations Manuals

Free-for-members. Click here to see them all.



Art Advocacy 

Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes - including public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social spheres.

NAMTA partners with Americans for the Arts whose mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America, and with Americans for the Arts Action Fund, a national arts advocacy organization dedicating 100% of their time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America with a mission is to mobilize one million citizens to join them in support of the arts and arts education around the country.

NAMTA's Art Advocacy Program works hard to bring you in the art industries and art communities the information and resources you need to support the arts. NAMTA will inform you when important legislation is pending and when your calls to congress are needed as well as updating you on your representative’s voting records on issues that can affect the arts. NAMTA Art Advocacy features stories on their website and enewsletters that highlight the arts and how they positively impact education, health and healing, military personnel, and communities. NAMTA also recognizes it’s members who have given back to the arts in their communities by featuring them on the site and enewsletters as well. Visitors to Namtaartadvocacy.org will also find news, resources, and facts - plus news and resources for Canadian art advocates.

NAMTA Art Advocacy Grants
 are for any program that supports the visual and creative art in Public Art, Art Education, The Military, and Health and Healing.

Click here
to make a donation to NAMTA's Art Advocacy efforts.

Art Advocacy NEWS

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 A quarterly enewsletter with stories and information about advocating for the arts. 

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