57th Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

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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.  You’ll meet traditional and cutting-edge contemporary artists as well as young artists selling their art alongside their relatives. All proceeds support the Museum’s mission:

  • To educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the arts, heritage and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.

A preview of the Fair is offered below.

Celebrating the Art of Basketry

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The theme of the 2015 Indian Fair & Market is “Celebrating the Art of Basketry.” Basketmakers and basketweavers from across the country will assemble at the Heard Museum and many will demonstrate their talent and display the materials from which their baskets are made.

Learn just how difficult and time-consuming this art form is by attending “Prepare for the Fair” sessions. Experts in the field will share their knowledge with you in a series of talks and demonstrations starting January 21 at the monthly Guild meeting. Mark your calendars for this date and the Thursdays beginning January 29 through February 19. Click here for more information.

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Date and Location

The 57th Annual Fair will be held March 7 & 8, 2015, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The Best of Show Reception & Dinner is held the Friday night before the Fair on March 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Museum. The Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue (four blocks north of McDowell Road).  Rain or shine, the Fair is open.

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There are so many aspects to the Fair that you may need to purchase tickets for both Saturday and Sunday!  Advance tickets may be purchased at Museum Admissions starting October 1, 2014, and online, by phone, or by mail starting December 1, 2014.  Click here for ticket options and prices.  Museum Members will receive the Fair Brochure with ordering information included at the end of November.

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Juried Competition and Best of Show Reception & Dinner

The Fair begins with the Juried Competition. Artwork in the categories of Jewelry, Pottery, Textiles, Paintings and Photographs, Wooden Carvings, Basketry, Sculpture, and Diverse Art Forms is judged before the Fair by respected experts in their field. The award winners are celebrated at the Best of Show Reception & Dinner on Friday evening, March 6, 2015, 5:30 to 8 p.m.  This is a unique opportunity to preview the award-winning art and talk with the artists while enjoying a catered buffet dinner.

The prior years’ Fair award-winning artists donate to the Silent Auction, which also includes significant estate items gifted to the Museum for fund-raising purposes.  A Fashion Walk About with the designers accompanying their models and a Best of Show Drawing for four outstanding pieces of art are all part of the fun.
Click here for more information about the Best of Show Reception and Dinner and the Best of Show Drawing.

Click here for the list of 2014 award-winning artists.

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Artists at the Fair

During the Indian Fair & Market, attendees gain unique insight into Native ways and art. Most of the Fair artists are accepted based on images of their art that they submit for judging by a panel of experts.  Come back February 15 for the 2015 list of invited and accepted artists.

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Cultural Activities

Informative and colorful 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 while enjoying live performances by recording artists courtesy of Canyon Records.
Click here for the schedule and bios of the performers.

Chef demonstrations followed by tastings take place hourly.  You can learn how to use ingredients native to the desert in traditional and contemporary recipes prepared by leading Arizona Native American chefs.  Ingredients are available for sale.
Click here for the schedule, recipe titles, and chef bios.

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Food & Beverages

A wide variety of foods is available at the Fair from hot dogs and hamburgers to ancho chile glazed salmon with warm quinoa salad and, of course, fry bread.  Attendees can enjoy their lunch under canopied tables at the Food Pavilion and at the Pavilion Stage. Click here to plan your lunch.

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Guild Fundraising Activities

During the Fair, the Guild offers opportunities to support the Museum and to commemorate your Fair visit.
Click here to view examples of these merchandise, drawing prizes, and note cards.

  • Fair merchandise such as T-shirts and tote bags will feature images of baskets from the Heard Museum’s vast collection.
  • In addition to the Best of Show Drawing and Silent Auction on Friday night, visitors can buy Fair Drawing tickets for an opportunity to take home art donated by American Indian artists.
  • Many visitors make the purchase of American Indian Student Art Note Cards an annual tradition.  The proceeds provide scholarships to American Indian students for their post-high school education and monetary grants to their teachers to purchase art supplies for classroom projects.  The cards are also sold online to both retail and wholesale customers here.

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are over 30 Guild committees that work on various aspects of the Indian Fair & Market throughout the year such as inviting artists, arranging hospitality, logistical planning, booth-sitting, and manning information desks. Helping out is as easy as signing up at a Guild meeting, talking to a Chair person, making a phone call, or writing an e-mail. Click here to read about the possibilities.

Come and join the fun!