Show to Honor Feminine Strength and Resilience, in Line with the Theme of this Year’s Market
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Santa Fe, New Mexico: August 2, 2019: A highlight of the 98-year old Santa Fe Indian Market – the EDGE contemporary show (IM:EDGE) is returning for its fifth year. It is a signature event for Indian Market and highly anticipated by market-goers.
IM:EDGE will again be held in the lobby of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The show explores the theme: “Honoring the Strength and Resilience of Native Women.” Artists are encouraged to present ideas about the female experience. This falls in line with the overall theme of the 98th annual event, which celebrates women. Works are for sale, and entry is free and open to the public.
“Native art is constantly evolving – what was perhaps considered contemporary 50 years ago is seen as traditional now,” said Ira Wilson (Navajo), Executive Director of SWAIA. “IM:EDGE provides a peek into what the future of our art forms has in store, and also gives artists another venue to express themselves.”
Visitors will have their first opportunity to preview IM: EDGE during the official Indian Market Kickoff Party on Thursday, August 15, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The show will then be open during the Preview Events on Friday the 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th during Indian Market. It is sponsored by JoAnn and Bob Balzer.
This year’s participating EDGE artists include: Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota), Darby Raymond-Overstreet (Navajo), Karma Henry (Paiute/Fort Independence Indian Reservation) and 28 others.
Dezbah Rose Evans (Yuchi/Chippewa/Navajo(Diné)), is a cos-player who re-imagines superheroes and other key pop culture figures as Native women. Her outfits, which she uses, will be on display at the show, and the artist will take commissions to create them to order for visitors.
B.L Hensley (Chickasaw), has shown at EDGE before and felt honored, as a man, to participate in a show where he can show his work about women. He says of his piece, “The three sisters are depicted with their eyes hidden symbolizing the way their stories are hidden from society although they are right in front of our eyes.”
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The 98th Santa Fe Indian Market is produced by SWAIA (the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts). It will take place on August 17 and 18, 2019 with the participation of over 1,000 artists from more than 200 federally recognized tribes. A full schedule of Indian Market events can be found at santafeindianmarket.com.
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.
SWAIA plays an ongoing role in supporting Native American arts and culture year-round, cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists. swaia.org