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2022 Indian Market Booth Guide

Santa Fe Indian Market | August 20 – 21, 2022 | 100th Market

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One of Santa Fe’s most iconic and popular events is one that pays tribute to the Indigenous people of the United States and Canada. The Santa Fe Indian Market provides a spectacular opportunity for Native American artists to exhibit and sell their art over the two days of the market on and around the Santa Fe Plaza. Organized by SWAIA, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, this event draws thousands of collectors to Santa Fe to stroll the booths, speak with the artists, and perhaps take home something special.

Since 1922, Santa Fe Indian Market has been North America’s largest and most important juried Indigenous art market. Originally focused on the Indigenous art of the Southwest, the market has expanded its reach over the years to include Indigenous artists from all regions of the United States and Canada.

SWAIA will also present its first-ever Art Indigenous: a contemporary art show featuring sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and performance from worldwide galleries exhibiting Indigenous artists from the United States and Canada. The four-day art show will be held at Santa Fe’s El Museo Cultural, located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District. The show will commence with a VIP opening night party on Thursday, August 18.

The Santa Fe Indian Market, begun as a weekend art market, has grown into an Indigenous art mecca adopted by Santa Fe’s top galleries and cultural institutions. “2022 will be like none other for Indigenous art collectors and visitors to Santa Fe. The City of Santa Fe is embracing our centennial and many of the leading galleries and institutions are producing Indigenous-themed content and producing shows by top Indigenous artists throughout the year,” said SWAIA’s executive director Kim Peone (Colville Confederated Tribes/Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians).

Check back often for updates about this year’s Indian Market, including a digital version of the official Indian Market Artists Directory & Booth Locator Map (you can see the 2021 version above), which will feature articles to help deepen your knowledge of Native American art and help you navigate this year’s market.

THE MARKET IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. TICKETS FOR OTHER EVENTS MAY BE PURCHASED AT SWAIA.ORG

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

Indian Market 2022 Private Preview & Artist Reception
By invitation only

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

Santa Fe Native Cinema Showcase 2022
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Sundown
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film held during Santa Fe Indian Market Week. The cinema showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. This year’s showcase will feature Encanto. Experience Native cinema at the NM History Museum.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Santa Fe Convention Center
Tickets $150
An exclusive, SWAIA members-only event, sponsored by JoAnn and Bob Balzer, awarding the year’s top artists in all ten juried market categories. The event begins with an awards ceremony for Best of Classifications and the year’s overall Best of Show winner. The ceremony is followed by a luncheon sponsored by the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center courtyard. The luncheon is limited to Best of Show and Best of Classification winners, their guests, and SWAIA ticket holders. Attendees will also enjoy a preview of the stunning array of the year’s art entries from all classifications. Tickets are available at swaia.org

Members Only: Sneak Peek of Award-Winning Art | 2 – 4 p.m.
Tickets $75
SWAIA’s Sneak Peek gives members the opportunity to see the best of Indian Market art after the Best of Show Awards ceremony.

General Preview of Award-Winning Art | 4 – 6 p.m.
Santa Fe Convention Center
Tickets $40
The General Preview offers yet another opportunity to preview the Best of Show and Best of Classification artwork ahead of the weekend market. The General Preview is the public’s first chance to see Indian Market 2022 artwork and takes place immediately after the Sneak Peak event. Tickets are available at swaia.org

Santa Fe Native Cinema Showcase 2022
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Sundown
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film held during Santa Fe Indian Market Week. The cinema showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. Experience Native cinema at the NM History Museum.

Saturday, August 20

100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market on the Plaza | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Welcome to the world’s largest and most prestigious juried Native North American art market. Indian Market features jewelry, textiles, baskets, bead and quillwork, pueblo wooden carvings, sculpture, diverse arts, pottery, and 2D artwork. Shop one-of-a-kind items direct from U.S. and Canadian Indigenous artists, watch dance performances, and hear live music on the market stages. Don’t forget to stop by the Native food vendors for a truly singular experience of Indigenous culture.

Plaza Entertainment | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SWAIA Silent Auction | 2 – 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
The SWAIA silent auction of artwork donated by SWAIA artists is a global opportunity for Native Art collectors and market goers to bid on silent auction items and support SWAIA’s year-round mission. Bidding begins online on Friday, August 19, at swaia.org, and in person at noon. The auction ends at 7 p.m. MST on Saturday.

SWAIA “Shiny Drop” Gala | 6 – 9 p.m. 
Santa Fe Community Convention Center 
After Party in the Courtyard | 9 – 10:30 p.m. | Tickets $250
Indian Market’s “biggest night out,” the SWAIA Gala, is a fundraising benefit for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. The event features an Indigenous Fashion Show with seven designers and a live art auction of artistic masterpieces. Come dressed in your best “Indian Market” style and enjoy this night of phenomenal art, food, Indigenous fashion, and fun! Tickets are available at swaia.org

Santa Fe Native Cinema Showcase 2022
The Railyard
Sundown
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film held during Santa Fe Indian Market Week. The cinema showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. This year’s showcase will feature Encanto. Experience Native cinema at the NM History Museum.

Sunday, August 21st

100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market on the Plaza | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Welcome to the world’s largest and most prestigious juried Native North American art market. Indian Market features jewelry, textiles, baskets, bead and quillwork, pueblo wooden carvings, sculpture, diverse arts, pottery, and 2D artwork. Shop one-of-a-kind items direct from U.S. and Canadian Indigenous artists, watch dance performances, and hear live music on the market stages. Don’t forget to stop by the Native food vendors for a truly singular experience of Indigenous culture.

Plaza Entertainment | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

V.I.P. Indigenous Fashion Show Pre-Party | 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
A place to have Gruet bubbles and wine and mix and mingle before the fashion show.

Indigenous Fashion Show | 3 – 4 p.m.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
The Indigenous Fashion show, produced by Indigenous art historian Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, is a highly anticipated ticketed runway fashion show. This year eight designers from the United States and Canada will present their collections.
Ticket information:
1st Row VIP $250 (includes the pre-party, trunk show, and afterparty)
2nd Row VIP $150 (includes the pre-party, trunk show, and afterparty)
General Admission $35
Standing Room $15
Tickets are available at swaia.org

Indigenous Fashion Trunk Show | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Tickets $50
Ticketholders can purchase and order directly from the designers at the Indigenous Fashion Trunk Show that follows Sunday’s fashion show. Only 100 tickets will be available for purchase. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Santa Fe Native Cinema Showcase 2022
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium 
Sundown
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film held during Santa Fe Indian Market Week. The cinema showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. This year’s showcase will feature Encanto. Experience Native cinema at the NM History Museum.

Find even more events taking place during Indian Market week here.

About SWAIA:

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round. swaia.org 

Read the 2021 Indian Market Booth Guide for more interesting articles

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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