Information For All Artists

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Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2020

Here is a list of participating artists as of February 17.

  • February 7 is the last day to add or change booth-sharing artists. If you are still deciding to share your booth with a waitlisted artist, you will need to call or email to confirm that very soon.
  • February 22 is the last day to cancel and receive a full refund of the booth fee.

Here is the map of the booth layout for the 2020 Fair. Maps with instructions for set-up and available parking are below under Logistics.


Dates To Remember

Mailings to invited artists July 8, 2019
Online applications accepted July 15, 2019
All applications and fees due ($25)
September 9, 2019
Late applications (with application fee
plus late fee, $100)
September 16, 2019
Notifications of acceptance Last week of October 2019
Signed agreements and
booth fees due
December 9, 2019
Late fee ($75) must accompany booth fees
December 10-16, 2019



Contact Us

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


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Applications for the 2021 Fair will be available in
July 2020.

First Time Applicants

All first time applicants must include a copy of this information 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 2020 application.

Youth Artists, ages 17 and under, are welcome to share a booth with a relative. First-time applicants must submit proof of tribal affiliation. They are not juried in and are not required to submit images of their work. Youth Artists do not pay application or booth fees. Youth Artists are not required to have their own TPT license.

All Youth Artists must submit an application that specifies a Classification.

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General Information for Applicants

Before applying please review the following:


Application Process

We use a blind jurying process to rate artists for entrance to our market. Recent, high-quality images are extremely import to the judges’ evaluation of the artwork. Artists who have submitted images of their work for the 2018 Fair or the 2019 Fair are not required to submit images with their application for the 2020 Fair. However, artists are encouraged to submit images of new work to aid in the evaluation process.

Four (4) digital images of artwork in each of the selected classifications are required. Three of the images must be of separate pieces and must be representative of what you plan to show and sell at the Fair. The fourth image may be a close-up of one of the pieces. Work must have been completed within the last two (2) years.

Image files submitted online must be in JPEG format and no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest dimension, and no larger than 2 MB (2,000 KB). Follow instructions on the application to submit by email or by CD.

All applicants must submit a completed application form, the $25 application fee if applying by September 9 (or $100 fee if applying between September 10 and 16), and images of their work.

Steps in the Process

1. Complete the application form online OR download and print a paper application OR request an application form by email at or call or text 480-285-6626.

2. Include photographic images. Follow detailed instructions on the application.

3. Pay $25 application fee and submit application with images. Deadline: September 9.

  • By credit card online.
  • By cashier’s check or money order (no personal checks) mailed with your application postmarked by September 9. (No personal checks accepted.)

4. LATE applications accepted with a $100 fee from September 10 through September 16.

5. Acceptance packages will be mailed to all artists who are accepted into the 2020 Indian Fair and Market beginning the last week of October 2019. Booth assignments and booth fee information, as well as guidelines for entering the Juried Competition, will be included.



Online applicants are encouraged to avoid problems by applying before the due date. The website may get “overwhelmed” with last-minute submissions.

Hand-delivered applications and fees are subject to the same deadlines and late fees as mailed and online submissions.

  • Application and $25 Fee Deadline — Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Application and $100 Fee Deadline — From Tuesday, September 10 through Monday, September 16, 2019.


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Artist Application
The application is closed. Please try again next year.

Youth Artist Application
The application is closed. Please try again next year.

For questions, email or
phone or text (480) 285-6626.


Fee Payments

Application fees and late fees may be paid online here.

Artists who have been accepted into the Fair may use this link to pay booth fees.


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License Requirements

Sellers are required, by the State of Arizona, to have a TPT license and to collect TPT tax, a 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.

Apply For a TPT license

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Booth assignments will be made after agreements have been signed, and booth fees have been submitted. The Exhibitors Committee will make every effort to accommodate requests.

The site map for the 2020 Indian Fair and Market will be posted when it becomes available.

Parking and vehicle circulation, prior to the Fair, for booth set-up and for delivery of artwork for the Juried Competition, is generally quite crowded and will require patience.  Note that street parking in residential areas surrounding the Museum is not allowed at any time.

Here is the map with drive-through instructions for set up on Friday and Saturday morning.

Here is the map of available parking for artists and the public on Friday through Sunday.

Discounted hotel accommodations near the museum have been secured by the Heard Guild.  See the list below under Discounted Hotel Accommodations.


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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 2020 Juried Competition and must follow the Juried Comp Entry Guidelines and comply with the Classifications & Divisions document and the Standards document.

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 Thursday, March 5, 2020 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Judging follows 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:

  • A 2020 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.
  • 2020 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 2021 Indian Fair & Market.

Detailed information will be included with the
agreement package.

For questions, contact Pat Kilburn, 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. The room blocks are available March 5, 6, 7, and 8, 2020. Rooms are limited so book early.

Click here to see the list.


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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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