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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 +/- 15%.
This summary consists of responses from 36 IACA artist members
.
An Industry of Very Small Businesses
The response indicates that 2012 was a very tough year for the artist, as shown in the
following table.
Annual Sales
2012
2011
-$50k
67%
61%
$50k+
19%
30%
Artists find that shows are the most productive means of selling their work, followed by
selling via their website. 39% of artists report selling wholesale to the trade. 61% do not
sell wholesale to the trade.
An Older Industry
22% of the reporting artists have been in the industry for less than 11 years, while 33%
have been selling their work for over 30 years.
A Positive Economic Outlook and Thoughts About Federal Government Support
Reporting artists are less positive about business growth in 2013, with 61% believing that
their business will grow during the year. 58% of reporting artists believe that the
economy will remain the same as or be even better than in 2012 which is a slight uptick
from 2012 survey results.
With respect to Federal Government support, over 36% of the reporting artists feel that
the Federal Government does not support their business, a considerable shift from the
2012 survey results..
Opinions
2013
2012
Business will grow
61%
87%
Economy will grow
58%
52%
Federal Govt. Not Supportive
36%
56%
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