Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market
March 7 & 8, 2015
The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is a world-acclaimed cultural event that draws nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. All proceeds support the Museum’s mission to educate people about arts, heritage and life ways of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes of the Southwest.
Date and Location
The 57th Annual Fair will be held March 7 & 8, 2015 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue (four blocks north of McDowell Road). Rain or shine the Fair is open. Come back and visit this site December 1, 2014 for complete information about the Fair.
There are so many aspects to the Fair that you may need to purchase tickets for both Saturday and Sunday! Advanced tickets may be purchased starting October 1 onsite in the Museums admissions lobby through March 6. Starting December 1 tickets will be available by mail until February 20 and available online and by phone through February 27 (602-252-8840 ext. 2276).
Basket makers from across the country will assemble here. Many will demonstrate their talent and display the materials from which their baskets are made. Special sessions will be offered to inform our visitors on just how difficult and time-consuming this art form is. Artists, curators and collectors will share their knowledge with you.
Best of Show Reception & Dinner
The Fair begins with our annual Juried Competition. Works are submitted in Jewelry, Pottery, Textiles, Paintings, Wooden Carvings, Basketry, Sculpture, and Diverse Art Forms. The art is judged before the Fair by respected experts in their field. All award winners will be celebrated at our Best of Show Reception & Dinner on Friday evening March 6, 2015, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Fair artists donate to a Silent Auction which also includes significant estate items gifted to the Museum for fund-raising purposes. A Fashion Walkout with the designers accompanying their models and a Best of Show Drawing for outstanding art are all part of the fun. And, of course, a catered buffet dinner and an opportunity to talk with artists are all part of the evening. Click here for the list of 2014 award winners.
During the Indian Fair and Market, attendees gain unique insight into Native ways and art. All of the Fair artists are accepted based on images they submit of their art. The artists are selected by a panel of experts based on those images. Click here for the list of artists whose applications were accepted for the 2014 Fair.
Cultural Performances and Entertainment
Colorful and informative cultural performances by tribal groups take place throughout both days in the Heard’s outdoor Amphitheater (indoors in the Heard’s Auditorium in case of rain). At the Pavilion Stage attendees can dine and enjoy listening to live performances by recording artists courtesy of Canyon Records.
Chef demonstrations take place hourly. You can learn how to use ingredients native to the desert in traditional and contemporary recipes. Ingredients are available for sale.
Food & Beverages
A wide variety of foods is available at the Fair from hotdogs to ancho chile glazed salmon with warm quinoa salad and, of course, frybread. Attendees can sit and enjoy their lunch under canopied tables at the Food Pavilion and at the Pavilion Stage.
Guild Fund Raising Activities
The Museum Guild offers opportunities to support the Museum and commemorate your Fair visit. Fair merchandise will feature images of baskets from the Heard Museum’s vast collection. The BOS Drawing and the Fair Raffle both offer an opportunity to take home art by American Indian Artist. Many visitors have made the purchase of American Indian Student Art Note Cards an annual tradition. The proceeds provide scholarships to American Indian students continuing their post high-school education and to their teachers to purchase art supplies for their classroom projects. The cards are also sold online to both retail and wholesale customers at the Heard Guild Shop - Notecards.
Come and join the fun!