Information For All Artists

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The 2021 Indian Fair & Market will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 6 & 7, 2021. Applications will open August 3, 2020.

The application fee is waived for the 2021 Fair.

Schedule for the 2021 Fair

August 3, 2020 Application opens
September 28, 2020 Applications and invitation responses due
Week of November 2, 2020 Artist agreements mailed
December 14, 2020 Artist agreements and booth fees due
December 21, 2020 Final date for artist agreements with booth fees and late fee
Week of January 25, 2021 Booth assignments mailed
March 4, 2021 Juried Competition receiving
March 5, 2021 Artist set-up

 

Contact Us

Email:  excomm@heardguild.org
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.

Application Process

We use a blind jurying process to rate artists for entrance to our Fair. Recent, high-quality images are extremely important to the judges’ evaluation of the artwork. Artists who have submitted images of their work for the 2019 Fair or the 2020 Fair are not required to submit images with their application for the 2021 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.

Artist Application
The application will open August 3, 2020.

Youth Artist Application
The application will open August 3, 2020.

For questions, email excomm@heardguild.org or
phone or text (480) 285-6626.

 

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

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

3. No applications will be accepted after September 28.

4. Acceptance packages will be mailed to all artists who are accepted into the 2021 Indian Fair and Market beginning the first week of November 2020. Booth fee information, as well as guidelines for entering the Juried Competition, will be included.

5. Booth assignment packages will be mailed after signed agreements and booth fees have been received. The Exhibitors Committee will make every effort to accommodate requests.

PLEASE NOTE:  Online applicants can avoid problems by applying before the due date. The website may get “overwhelmed” with last-minute submissions.

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

 


Fee Payments

The application fee has been waived for the 2021 Fair.

Pay booth fees and late fees online here. 


 

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 www.azdor.gov 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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Parking

 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 juriedcomp@heardguild.org.

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.

Awards

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

  • 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 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 juriedcomp@heardguild.org.

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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 excomm@heardguild.org or by phone/text as (480) 285-6626.

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