Information For All Artists

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The 2021 Indian Fair & Market is scheduled to be held on Saturday & Sunday,
March 6 & 7, 2021.


Schedule for the 2021 Fair

The Fair schedule will be updated when more information is available. Stay tuned!


Contact Us

Call or text:  (480) 285-6626
Mailing address:  Artist Exhibitors Committee
 Heard Museum Guild
 2301 N Central Ave.
 Phoenix, AZ 85004



Applying to the Fair

Before applying, please review the following:

First-Time Applicants

All first-time applicants must include a copy of proof of tribal enrollment with their application:

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) makes it illegal to market an art or craft item in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian-produced. Under the Act, an Indian is defined as a member of any federally or officially State recognized Indian Tribe, or an individual certified as an Indian by an Indian Tribe.

The Heard Museum and Heard Museum Guild strictly adhere to this law. In order to participate in the Indian Fair and Market, all first time applicants, including Youth Artists, must submit a copy of a Certificate of Indian Blood, tribal enrollment ID, or an Artisan Letter. Canadian Indians must submit a copy of their Canadian Indian Status Card.

The Heard Guild maintains a database of information regarding all artists who have applied or participated in previous years, including tribal affiliation. Proof of tribal affiliation is required for all first-time applicants. Artists who have submitted applications in past years, including proof of tribal affiliation, do not need to provide proof with the 2021 application.

Youth Artists

Youth Artists, ages 17 and under, are welcome to share a booth with a relative.  All Youth Artists must submit an application that specifies a Classification and they must submit proof of tribal affiliation.

Youth Artists are not juried in and are not required to submit images of their work. They do not pay application or booth fees.


License Requirements

Sellers are required by the State of Arizona to have a TPT license and to collect sales tax of 8.6% on items sold at the Indian Fair and Market. We recommend that sellers visit the Arizona Department of Revenue website at or call (602) 255-3381 for more information.

Youth Artists are not required to have their own TPT license.

Apply For a TPT license

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 Maps for parking availability and vehicle circulation prior to the Fair for booth set-up and for delivery of artwork for the Juried Competition  will be posted before the Fair. Note that street parking in residential areas surrounding the Museum is not allowed at any time.

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Juried Competition

General Information

All artists accepted to participate in the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market may enter the Juried Competition and must follow the 2021 Entry Guidelines and comply with the Classifications & Divisions document and the Standards document. These documents will be updated for the 2021 Fair.

Open Standards submissions must be accompanied by the Open Standards Form. One copy of the Entry Form will be mailed with the agreement package. Additional forms are available when the art is delivered or you may request additional copies by contacting the Chair of Juried Competition at

Entries must be delivered in person by the artist or the artist’s representative to the Heard Museum grounds on the Thursday before the Fair between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Judging will follow immediately. The representative must have authorization from the artist either noted in the appropriate place on the Entry Form or in a separate letter.

There are two Youth awards: ages 12 to 14 and ages 15 to 17. They complete the same forms as the adult artists.

Judges are invited from a wide variety of fields and have in-depth experience in judging artwork. Judges may include experienced American Indian artists, curators, gallery directors, educators, and collectors.


The following documents give information about the awards (these documents will be updated for the 2021 Fair):

  • A cover letter to artists that includes definitions for Conrad House Innovation Award, Open Standards Classification, and Idyllwild Arts Imagination Award.
  • A Flowchart of award paths to Best of Show.
  • An Awards List of award types and award amounts

Artists receiving Best of Show, Best of Classification, Idyllwild Arts, or Conrad House awards are encouraged to stand next to and discuss their artwork with attendees at the Best of Show Reception on Friday evening before the Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. All other award-winning artists are welcome to do the same starting at 5:30.

All adult award winners will be invited to the next year’s Indian Fair & Market.

Detailed information will be included with the
agreement package.

For questions, contact the Juried Competition Chair by email at

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Discounted Hotel Accommodations in Phoenix

The Heard Museum Guild Fair organizers have secured discounted hotel accommodation options for our artists, performers, judges, and visiting dignitaries during the Fair.  All must make and pay for their own reservation.  A list will be posted before the 2021 Fair.


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Native American Artists Resource Collection

The Heard Museum Library maintains the Native American Artists Resource Collection of biographical and professional information. Artists are the best source for accurate information. The library will have a booth at the 2020 Fair next to the Artists Hospitality tent. Visit the Library’s website, where you can search the online collection and download an artist questionnaire.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you still have not found the answer to your question, please contact us by email at or by phone/text as (480) 285-6626.

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