Fine Art

Figure 2, by Ian Rayer-Smith
Figure 2, by Ian Rayer-Smith

Fine art includes acrylic, watercolor, and oil paintings; drawings using pencil, colored pencils, pen, markers, ink, or pastels; mixed media or collages; handmade books, cards, and visual journals; 3-D art using sculpture, ceramics, or found objects; fiber art; functional art; communication art; and digital art.

Hart Studies
  • NAMTA Artists & Art Materials 2015  This study presents the results of surveys of more than 6,000 artists and 150 art supply stores in the USA and Canada. Topics include types of artworks, professional artists, spending per retail channel, social media use, digital tools, how to encourage art participation, retailer financial benchmarks, and market size.
  • NAMTA Artists & Art Materials 2012
  • NAMTA Artists & Art Materials 2009
Other Studies
  • NEA Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (2012)  This research is produced by the U.S. Census for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The study contains “statistics with demographic insights about U.S. adults’ participation across five modes of art activity: attending; reading books and literature; consuming through electronic media; making and sharing; and learning.”
  • NEA Annual Basic Arts Survey  See a summary of 2014 data regarding art creation and performance in Arts Data Profile #10 (August 2016), from the U.S. Census.