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
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.
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.
Business will grow
Economy will grow
Federal Govt Not Supportive