About Blick

Blick's Mission

At Blick Art Materials, our family owners and dedicated staff support the Visual Art Community by providing the widest selection of art supplies at the lowest prices. With extraordinary service and integrity, we strive to provide artists, educators, students, and our employees with the tools, assistance, and training they need to grow, innovate, and reach their creative potential.

Blick’s Culture

Achieving our Mission depends on having engaged associates across the company. We strive to nurture a culture of trust, mutual respect, and an entrepreneurial commitment to our Mission. Blick works to foster an environment where associates enjoy the same respect and care we have provided to our customers for more than 100 years.

To fulfill our Mission, our unique culture is designed to attract and develop associates based on the following principles:

  1. Exceptional Teamwork: Our Mission is dependent on supporting each other with the same passion that we exhibit to our customers. Trust, mutual accountability, and respect are the foundation of how we work with one another, just as they are key to creating superior customer experiences.
  2. Boundless Curiosity: We have an obligation to ask questions and seek answers. Policies that do not serve customers or associates properly should be challenged. The principle of Curiosity requires that we ask why, as opposed to accepting an incomplete understanding.
  3. Utmost Care: We aspire to address customer and associate questions completely and with reasonable explanations. It takes Care to do research, and patience to explain the underlying reasons. There will never be complete consensus about decisions or policies, but there must be understanding. As a business, we are always adapting to changing conditions. Our unique expression of Care enables positive, timely change.
  4. Supporting Art: Ultimately, we are about supporting the creation of Art. Because the Visual Art Community is often less recognized than it should be, our associates take pleasure in providing meaningful support for art and art education.

Commitment to our Customers

At Blick Art Materials we're determined to make the customer experience easy, enjoyable, and productive. Our customer satisfaction ratings - consistently the highest in the industry - are achieved by providing the largest, most comprehensive selection of products and the highest level of customer service possible. Equally important, we monitor our prices every single day to make sure they remain competitive.

Commitment to the Arts

Blick believes in supporting the arts in all its forms. In recognition of this commitment, the Business Committee of Americans for the Arts honored Blick CEO Robert Buchsbaum with its Leadership Award in October 2016. As the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, Americans for the Arts recognized Buchsbaum and other 2016 honorees for their “extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts and for encouraging other businesses to follow their lead.”

Blick is proud to support the National Art Education Association, the Arts Action Fund (a non-profit organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts), the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the National Art Materials Trade Association, and Marwen, a non-profit dedicated to educating and inspiring under-served young people through the visual arts.

Commitment to our Community

Blick believes that art education develops the human creativity necessary to solve the world's complex problems, enrich its culture, and provide fulfillment for its inhabitants. Our entire organization supports awareness in the creative community at the local and national level, both financially and by providing materials that emphasize the benefits of art education. Ways we do that include:

  • Sponsoring scholastic, collegiate, and professional art shows
  • Hosting in-store events within the communities we serve
  • Sponsoring local schools, art leagues, and community groups across the country
A mural commemorating Blick's 100 Year Anniversary is given to the city of Galesburg, Illinois - 2011
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