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The American Indian Art Industry: Artist Summary

The survey results of the American Indian Art Artist Sector provides a good picture of

the American Indian Art artist industry as a whole, at a 95% confidence level with a

margin of error of +/- 20%.

This summary consists of responses from 23 IACA artist members

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An Industry of Very Small Businesses

Of those responding, over 77% reported 2011 sales volume of less than $50 thousand,

with half of the reporting artists depending on occupations other than art for income.

Annual Sales

2011

2010

-$50k

61%

77%

$50k+

30%

15%

51% of the reporting artists rely heavily on shows for producing revenues. 48% of the

reporting artists do not do shows.

A Younger Industry

21% of the artists have been in the industry for less than 11 years, while 26% have been

selling their work for over 30 years.

A Positive Economic Outlook and Thoughts About Federal Government Support

Reporting artists are Positive about business prospects in 2012, with 58% believing that

their business will grow during the year. Over 52% of reporting artists believe that the

economy will remain the same as or be even better than in 2011.

With respect to Federal Government support, over 45% of the reporting artists feel that

the Federal Government does not support their business.

Opinions

2012

2011

Business will grow

87%

58%

Economy will grow

52%

36%

Federal Govt Not Supportive

56%

45%