For Indian Fair & Market Artists

The 2020 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

March 7-8, 2020

Contact us by email or call or text 480.285.6626. Our mailing address is:

Artist Exhibitors Committee
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

What’s New for the 2020 Fair

  • The Exhibitors Committee Chair will be Catherine Robertson.

Schedule (the schedule will be posted when it becomes available)

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Artist Application

Artists: Applications for the 2020 Fair will open in mid-July.

Youth Artists: Artists ages 17 and under are welcome to share a booth with a relative. Youth Artists do not pay an application or booth fee. They are not juried in so they do not need to submit images,  but they must submit an application that specifies a classification.  Only artists aged 12-17 may enter Juried Competition.

First-time applicants, including Youth Artists: The Heard Museum Guild complies with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. You cannot participate in the Fair until you provide a copy of your Certificate of Indian Blood, tribal enrollment ID, or an Artisan Letter. Canadian Indians must submit a copy of their Canadian Indian Status Card. Artists applying for the first time must include a copy with their application. 

For your information, here is the 2019 booth layout.

Before applying, please review:

Our mailing address is:

Heard Museum Guild Artist Exhibitors Committee
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Fee Payments

Use the link below to pay application fees, late fees, and booth fees.

Pay Application, Booth, and/or Late Fees here.

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 Licensing Information

If you sell in Arizona, the state requires that you obtain a Transaction Privilege Tax (sales tax) license. The total sales tax for artists to collect at the Fair is 8.6 percent (State: 6.3 percent, City 2.3 percent).   If the Fair opening date is not far away and you may not receive the license before the show, we recommend that you have with you a copy of the completed form and a copy of your check or money order in case they conduct spot checks at the Fair.

If you have questions, please visit the Arizona Department of Revenue website or call 602-716-6181.

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Juried Competition

  • Artists submitting artwork to Juried Competition must follow the 2019 Entry Guidelines (these may be updated).
  • Artworks submitted for competition must conform to the Standards for Juried Competition and be identified by Classifications and Divisions.
  • Youth Artists are divided into two age groups, each of which receives an award: ages 12-14 and ages 15-17.
  • Last year’s Cutting Edge award is now the Open Standards award.
  • The Beadwork & Quillwork classification has been merged into the Diverse Arts classification.

Art Delivery/Pickup

  • Entries must be delivered in person to the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.  Receiving is through the north and west doors of Steele Auditorium.
  • Work must be received between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The judging begins immediately after Receiving.
  • All Open Standards submissions must also be accompanied by a completed and signed Open Standards Form for each piece submitted.
  • No entries will be accepted by mail.
  • Entries may be delivered or picked up by the artist’s representative if:
  1. The artist’s representative presents the completed and signed Pickup Permission Form OR
  2. The representative presents a letter signed by the artist giving approval for the representative to deliver and/or pick up the art. The name of the representative must be given in the letter, AND
  3. The representative must present identification and the completed copy of the Entry Form.

Awards

The list of 2019 awards and prize money for the 2019 Fair is here.

  • A new award, the Idyllwild Arts Imagination Award, sponsored by the Idyllwild Arts Foundation – Native American Arts Program & Festival, was given at the 2019 Fair. The winning work expressed the unique vision and imagination of the artist in addressing issues of importance to indigenous communities. The spectrum of the “imagination” includes concept and/or use of materials and may defy traditional classification.
  • Definitions for the Open Standards, Idyllwild Arts Imagination, and Conrad House Innovation Awards are here.
  • An Innovation Award for each classification will be selected by the judges. The Conrad House Award will be selected from among the Innovation winners.
  • All award winners receive two ribbons, one for the artist and one for the purchaser.
  • 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 2020 Indian Fair & Market.

Judges

All judges have in-depth experience in judging artwork. Judges are invited from a wide variety of fields and include experienced American Indian artists, curators, gallery directors, educators, and collectors.

If you have questions, contact the Juried Competition Chair, juriedcomp@heardguild.org.

For competition winners from previous years, click here.

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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 2019 Fair next to the Artists Hospitality tent. We encourage you to stop by and learn more about the Collection.  Visit the Library’s website, where you can search the online collection and download an artist questionnaire.

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Parking & Delivery Route

Maps of the route through the Museum campus for delivery of art for Juried Competition and for booth setup and for public parking will be posted closer to the time of the fair..

Parking in the residential areas is not allowed at any time.

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Hotel Accommodations Near the Museum

The Heard Museum Guild secures discounted hotel accommodation options for the artists during the Fair.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We hope these will answer your questions. If not, don’t hesitate to contact us by email or text/phone 480-285-6626.

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