Artisans sought for Web survey

Posted June 08, 2009, at 8:18 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:25 a.m.

Calling all artists — including fiber artists. Raise money for visual arts scholarships, help advocacy for art education and funding, and get a chance to win one of five $100 art materials store gift certificates by completing an online survey.

The International Art Materials Trade Association and American Artist magazine announced the launch of a new industry study asking artists and users of art supplies in the United States to take part. The survey can be found at Categories the survey will cover are Overview of Your Life with Art, Where You Came from as an Artist, Your Art, Art Supplies Purchases and About You. Artists who take part in the survey do so anonymously.

Survey results will be compiled as part of the report on art materials and artists in the United States, “Artists & Art Materials USA 2009,” to be announced in the fall. An executive summary will be made available to survey participants.

“Artists & Art Materials USA 2009” is the first large-scale survey of industry size and trends, best business practices, and the needs and preferences of artists in more than a decade. The report is independently researched and written by Hart Business Research and co-sponsored by the association and American Artist magazine.

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“One of the most frequent questions we receive in the association office is ‘Why can’t I find statistics on the art materials industry?’ And the answer is simple — because the statistics don’t exist. This information is crucial to art businesses and working artists, but we need help to make it happen. The more participation we receive in filling out the survey, the more accurate the data will be,” said Sid Smith, association executive director.

The consumer survey is open to artists working in all areas, including oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, pastel drawing, pencil, ink or marker drawing, mixed media or collage, murals or wall art, handmade books, cards or scrapbooks, functional art, three-dimensional art, conceptual or installation art, communication art or graphic design, digital art, quilting arts, fiber arts and more.

The association will donate $1 for every completed survey, for the first 2,000 completed, to visual arts scholarships through the association’s Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Survey participants will be eligible to win one of five $100 gift certificates to an art materials store. Participants must register to receive the executive summary and to enter the sweepstakes by clicking on the link on the thank-you page after submitting the completed survey. The sweepstakes and executive summary sign-up are separate from the survey to keep the survey anonymous. All survey responses are anonymous and confidential to Hart Business Research and will be reported only as part of totals or averages.

The consumer survey is the first phase of the “Artists & Art Materials USA 2009” study, which will consist of surveys of art supply retailers and art materials suppliers. In the second phase of the study, Hart Business Research will analyze the survey data plus government statistics and company financial reports to build a comprehensive picture of the evolving activities and needs of artists, and industry size, trends, and best practices.


The Pathways to the Past Heritage Day Camp for children ages 6-12 will be held at the Page Farm and Home Museum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the week of June 29-July 3. The focus will be in keeping with the International Year of Natural Fiber. Campers will meet fiber animals and plants, try spinning, dyeing, weaving, rug hooking, rug braiding, quilting and other forms of stitching and more.

Children will use traditional methods to make a healthful, fresh snack each day, and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, including building equipment for fiber projects.

For more information, call the museum staff at 581-4100.

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