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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 – Prepare for the Fair sessions
- Date and Location
- Juried Competition and Best of Show Reception & Dinner
- Artists at the Fair
- Cultural Activities
- Food & Beverages
- Guild Fundraising Activities – Fair Merchandise, Fair Drawings, Note Cards
- Volunteer Opportunities
Celebrating the Art of Basketry
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.
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.
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.
Juried Competition and Best of Show Reception & Dinner
The Fair begins with the prestigious Juried Competition. Artwork in eight categories is judged before the Fair by respected experts. 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.
Part of the fun is a Silent Auction, a Couture Fashion Show and the Best of Show Drawing for four outstanding pieces of art now on display at Museum Admissions.
Artists at the Fair
During the Indian Fair & Market, attendees gain unique insights into Native ways and art. Most of the 600 Fair artists are accepted based on images of their art that they submit for judging by a panel of experts. New this year is the inclusion of youth artists selling alongside a relative.
About 25 of these Artists will not only be selling their art but also demonstrating their art in front of Steele Auditorium. Another 8 artists will be sharing their fashion designs during the Native Couture Fashion Show at the Best of Show Reception and Dinner on Friday night.
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 indigenous ingredients 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.
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.
Guild Fundraising Activities
During the Fair, the Guild offers opportunities to support the Museum and to commemorate your Fair visit.
- Fair T-shirts and posters will feature images of baskets from the Heard Museum’s vast collection. Click here to view examples of this merchandise
- In addition to the Best of Show Drawing and Silent Auction on Friday night, visitors can buy $2 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 intern scholarships to American Indian students as part of their college education and monetary grants to teachers whose students participate in the annual Student Art Show & Sale (March 27-30, 2015) to purchase art supplies for classroom projects. The cards and prints, which fit a standard 11 x 14 frame, are also sold online to both retail and wholesale customers here.
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.