I am an artist who works nationally. Many of my friends also work nationally. When we compare our local art market to places of equal size and demographics in other parts of the country we all agree that it often sucks by comparison. Unfortunately our only evidence is anecdotal. QUESTION: Anybody have any ideas on how to quantify art markets? I'm talking private customer purchases, NOT GRANTS TO NON-PROFITS. Too many state and city arts boards measure the health of thier art markets by the size of thier grants, not by measuring the degree to which private individuals collect the work of local artists. As a consequence, arts boards (and by extension states and cities), wrongfully develope superiority complexes. A customer base that is large enough to support regular, full-time employment for artists is what I mean by an "arts market". Are there organzations that measure this sort of thing?