COVID-19 Updates

May 9, 2020


We are overjoyed to report that we are building something incredibly exciting, that is based on a significant collaboration aimed at providing opportunities for Native American artists to showcase and sell their artwork amid the Coronavirus pandemic. 

We hope you will show your support for Native artists and help us bring this project to fruition!

Our partner in this endeavor is the Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF). CHF is a well-established Santa Fe-based nonprofit that specializes in connecting artists with business training, including e-commerce solutions. Their mission is to help artists become self-sustaining entrepreneurs. SWAIA has hired them to serve as project manager for the Virtual Market, and provide us with the support and expertise that comes with their decades of experience. We feel the partnership is exactly what SWAIA needs as we explore new territory – and see this as an opportunity to expand our mission to serve artists and the art community in a broader way.

You have the opportunity to help us create the world’s largest and most prestigious juried VIRTUAL Native art market. The virtual platform will accommodate more artists than the physical Market which is constrained by limited space in downtown Santa Fe. Therefore, artists who were juried in in 2020 but on the waitlist for a booth, will have the chance to participate. We are also working on exciting programming to include on the website (Fashion Show, Preview, Virtual Exhibits, etc.) that will engage and inspire you. 

In addition to aiding individual Native artists, this collaboration will increase SWAIA’s organizational capacity, thus providing greater support and year-round economic opportunities to artists. Our partnership with the Clark Hulings Fund arrives at a moment when SWAIA is approaching its centennial year—establishing new methods of assisting Native American artists to prepare them for success in the next 100 years. 

To learn more about the Virtual Market, please continue to visit our website and our social media pages. 


By supporting SWAIA with your gift a you are helping us fulfill our mission of being an advocate for Native American artists. Through this new programming, SWAIA continues our work to support Native artists by creating greater opportunities to share their talents, art and stories. 


Mail your check to
PO Box 969
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Call us at 505-983-5220
to make a donation over the phone

Warmest regards and well wishes, 

Kimberly Peone, Executive Director

Colville Confederated Tribes/Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians


April 4, 2020

The 99th Santa Fe Indian Market will be postponed until 2021, and the Centennial Celebration will be moved to 2022. This decision was made by the SWAIA Board of Directors this week. Board Member and artist Dominique Toya expressed the Board’s rationale best when she said, “This is a difficult decision because Indian Market is a big part of my livelihood, but it is more important to protect the well-being of fellow artists, their families, our customers, and all of our communities. We pray for your health and safety and look forward to seeing you when Indian Market goes live again in 2021.”

ARTISTS: All artists who juried into the 2020 Market are considered automatically accepted into the 2021 Market. If you have paid booth fees to reserve your spot for 2020 you have a choice: 1) Full refund (our staff will contact you soon to find the best way to process your refund); or 2) Apply fees paid to your 2021 booth.

VIRTUAL MARKET BEING CONSIDERED: A Board Committee was formed and will explore the feasibility of SWAIA conducting a “virtual market” for 2020. This approach would promote on-line sales for artists, and it has the potential to reach a wide audience. If you have ideas for converting Market to a virtual platform, please share them with Board Member Mark Bahti at

VISITORS & PATRONS: The months ahead will be challenging, and SWAIA will need to replace the revenues that would normally be generated by Indian Market activities such as the Haute Couture Fashion Show, the Indian Market Gala, and booths featuring nearly 1,000 award winning artists. If you normally visit Santa Fe to enjoy Indian Market, consider donating to SWAIA the travel funds you will save by not making the trip this year. Your help now will keep SWAIA healthy and ready to put on the next Market as soon as it is safe to do so. Please check the “DONATE” button at the top of this page for instructions.


Thomas A. Teegarden

Chairman – Board of Directors


RESOURCES (financial and otherwise) FOR ARTISTS:


National Endowment for the Arts

Freelance Artist Resource

Creative Capital

The ARTery (various resources)

Adolph and Ester Gottleib Foundation

Santa Fe:

City of Santa Fe and the Lannan Foundation

Northern New Mexico:

Fulcrum Fund

Washington State: