How many professional visual artists are there in America or the world?

NUMBERS according to the NAMTA 2009 research of art material retailers.

» 4.4 million active artists

• 3.2 million recreational artists

• 1.8 million recreational artists took art classes or seminars (55%)

• 1.9 million recreational artists sold their artworks (60%)

• 600,000 professional artists

• 600,000 college students taking art classes

• 122,000 art-degree-seeking college students