Santa Fe Indian Market
Carlin Bear Don’t Walk (b. 1982), "Cold as Ice," 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in., photo courtesy SWAIA/ Santa Fe Indian Market

Since 1922, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) has produced Santa Fe Indian Market. Rather than cancelling it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SWAIA has teamed up with Santa Fe’s Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) to create a virtual platform through which art lovers can see and buy artworks they would have discovered on the streets of New Mexico’s historic capital. In fact, there will be even more to see because many talented artists who were juried into the show had not previously been assigned a booth due to lack of physical space.

SWAIA and CHF are dedicated to creating economic opportunities for Native American and First Nations artists, and CHF has expertise in developing sustainable business models for artists and arts communities.

The very first “Indian Fair” was held in 1922. It was a small event featuring a handful of artists, held indoors at the National Guard Armory in downtown Santa Fe as part of the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe celebration.

Santa Fe Indian Market

Weekly silent auctions of donated art and packages with proceeds benefiting SWAIA:

  • Aug 8: Virtual General Preview of Artwork Submitted for Judging
    Artists will have the opportunity to submit one piece per class they have juried into. These pieces will be available for virtual preview beginning on August 8.
  • Aug 13: Virtual Advanced Preview of Final Round Art
    A select amount of art will be chosen to be sent to Santa Fe for in-person judging. Preview those pieces before winners are announced.
  • August 15: Virtual Awards Announcement
    Find out “live” from Santa Fe who the winners are.
  • August 16: Virtual Fashion Show, featuring designer Orlando Dugi
  • August 22: Virtual Gala and Live Auction
    Bid on award-wining art and also work donated to support SWAIA.
  • August 29: Finale Concert with Snotty Nosed Rez Kids

To learn more about the Santa Fe Indian Market, please visit swaia.org.


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