For Indian Fair & Market Artists

The 2019 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

March 2 & 3, 2019

Thank you artists for a wonderful weekend. We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Here is the complete list of Juried Competition winners. Pictures of the winning art will be posted when available.

Here is the 2019 booth layout.

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 2019 Fair

  • The Exhibitors Committee Chair will be Becky Comstock. You can reach Becky at excomm@heardguild.org or 480.285.6626. 
  • The Beadwork & Quillwork classification has been merged into the Diverse Arts classification.
  • Youth Artists 17 and under are still welcome to share a relative’s booth but they must be aged 12 to 17 to participate in Juried Competition.

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Schedule

The schedule for the 2020 Fair will be posted when available.

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Artist Application

Artists: Applications for the 2020 Fair will open in mid-July 2019.

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. 

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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Juried Competition

  • Artists submitting artwork to Juried Competition must follow the 2019 Entry Guidelines.
  • 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, will be sponsored by Idyllwild Arts Foundation – Native American Arts Program & Festival. The winning work expresses 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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 Licensing Information

The State of Arizona requires that you obtain appropriate licensing before selling at the Indian Fair & Market. The total sales tax for artists to collect at the Fair is 8.6 percent (State: 6.3 percent, City 2.3 percent).   You can download the application for the license below.  If the Fair opening date is not far away and you may not receive the license before the show, we recommend that you have a copy of the completed form and a copy of your check or money order with you 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.

Arizona Joint Tax Application Form

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Hotel Accommodations Near the Museum

The Heard Museum Guild has secured discounted hotel accommodation options for the artists during the 2019 Fair. For the options, click here.

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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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