Every year, over Memorial Day weekend, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) hosts a spectacular line-up of over 200 Indigenous artists, all specially invited to showcase their museum-quality artwork at the Santa Fe Convention Center. A live auction is included in the event – which consists of jewelry, pottery, sculpture, two-dimensional art, fashion, carvings, basketry, beadwork and textiles – with all proceeds from sales going to support the artists and their artistic endeavors.
Participating artists represent a wide array of tribes and pueblos, all working in a wide range of art forms, from traditional to contemporary. The entertainment reflects this diversity, as well, and this year’s lineup is a prime example, with Grammy Award-winning musicians the Black Eagle Singers from the Jemez Pueblo, and hoop dancers from the Lightning Boy Foundation. The Native Treasures Art Market and Auction takes place May 29 & 30, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The event kicks off, this year, with the inaugural Native Treasure Night Market, Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 5 – 8 p.m. This first-time event provides ample opportunity for early shoppers to get in and experience the Market with other hard-core collectors. It also becomes the backdrop for the presentation of the prestigious MIAC Living Treasure award, which honors Native American artists who have made outstanding artistic contributions to the field of Indigenous arts and culture.
This year, the MIAC Living Treasure award honors one of the most innovative potters of his time, Virgil Ortiz, from Cochiti Pueblo. Virgil’s work combines art, décor, fashion, video and film, to create outstanding works that have been exhibited in museum collections around the world. All proceeds from this event benefit the exhibitions, educational programs and acquisitions of MIAC.
Admission for this year’s event is $5 per person. Children 18 and under are admitted free. For more information on the Native Treasures Art Market and Auction, visit the website, or call 505-476-1269.This article was posted by Olivia