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Accomplished in the Native art market and the promotion of Native artists, Santa Fe Indian Market continues its mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 6, 2017; Santa Fe, New Mexico: Founded in 1922, this year celebrates Santa Fe Indian Market’s 96th year as the world’s largest and most prestigious Indian art market. Santa Fe Indian Market, and what has become known as Indian Market week, is one of New Mexico’s largest cultural attractions— drawing over 120,000 visitors to Santa Fe, New Mexico during the third week and weekend of August.

As the world’s largest juried Native art show, Santa Fe Indian Market awards a total of $75 – 100,000 annually in prize money to artists, artist fellowships, and youth and professional mentoring workshops. Additionally, Santa Fe Indian Market is a vehicle for personal and cultural sustainability, affording Native artists the opportunity to present their work to the world and to build lasting relationships with fellow artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. “Santa Fe Indian Market is all about creating a platform and exposure for Native artists,” said Dallin Maybee, SWAIA chief operating officer. “Our art forms are intrinsically tied to our cultural identity and we are fortunate to be working with and supporting so many talented artists, it’s truly a dream.”

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that produces Santa Fe Indian Market, has drafted and maintains standards of authenticity to ensure that the artworks sold at Indian Market are original and of the highest quality. Throughout the year, SWAIA produces cultural and educational programs that support, promote and honor Native art.

Over Santa Fe Indian Market’s—almost—100-year history, both Indian Market and SWAIA continue to evolve to include previously excluded artistic forms and to reflect the cultural evolution of Native art and artists. Indian Market Edge (IM: Edge), Santa Fe Indian Market’s contemporary art show, held concurrently during Indian Market, is one example. The Haute Couture Fashion Show engage a younger generation of artists and maintain the market’s relevancy.

Santa Fe Indian Market artists represent more than 200 tribes from across the United States and Canada. Artists retain 100% of the proceeds of the sales of their artwork—many participants claim to make 1/3 to ½ of their yearly income at Indian Market.

Santa Fe Indian Market is a cultural and artistic treasure. The concept, design and presentation of Santa Fe Indian Market have influenced all other Native art markets in the United States. For additional information and a schedule of this year’s events, please visit:

Isleta Pueblo Artist Elizabeth M. Kirk elected Board Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—March 30, 2017; Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its Executive Committee and 2017 Board members. SWAIA is the non-profit that produces Santa Fe Indian Market, the world’s oldest and most prestigious juried Indian Market.

Elizabeth M. Kirk (Isleta Pueblo/Navajo), who has served on the Board for the past four years, has been elected Board Chair. Kirk, who succeeds Elizabeth Pettus in the role, is an Indian Market artist, along with her father Michael Kirk and late uncle Andy Lee Kirk. “Serving on the SWAIA Board is my way of giving back to an organization which has greatly contributed to-- not only my family's global presence-- but many other artists in the Native fine arts industry. SWAIA offers Native artists a platform that was previously not available. More than this, they have helped to pave the way for future generations,” says Kirk. “SWAIA aims to keep traditions alive, breathe new life into existing art forms, encourage the evolution of artists, and expand the definition of Native art.”

Elizabeth Pettus will continue to serve on SWAIA’s Executive Committee as Secretary. Dominique Toya (Jemez Pueblo), formerly Secretary, has been elected Vice-Chair. Lloyd “Skip” Sayre will continue in
his role as Treasurer. Daniel Crane, L. Stephine Poston (Sandia Pueblo) and Chris Youngblood (Santa Clara Pueblo) were inducted as new Board members.

Other Members of the Board include Mark Bahti, Lisa Chavez (San Felipe Pueblo), Andrew Masiel (Pechanga Band), Traci Rabbit (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Thomas Teegarden. Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca) is SWAIA’s Chief Operations Officer, and John D. Jones is the Chief Development Director.

“SWAIA is continuing on solid footing into its 96th Indian Market, and we are pleased to have such a diverse and enthusiastic Board of Directors leading us,” said Jones.

For press inquiries, please contact:
Amanda Crocker
505 983-5220