Earlier this year, we set out to maximize the use of our square footage in downtown Santa Fe by partnering with the Native American Art visionary team that comprise IFAM (Indigenous Fine Art Market) to share our beautiful office space.
We’re thrilled to welcome IFAM as our new office mates and want to take a moment to share more about the organization and the historic Native American Fine Art show they’re designing and producing—coming to Santa Fe for the first time ever in two weeks. It’s Native history in the making.
A Newcomer to the Prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market
The third week of August each year, over 100,000 people from all over the U.S. and around the globe flock to Santa Fe.
What brings these large numbers here? The annual Santa Fe Indian Market, now in its 93rd year. Held by the Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), it’s the most prestigious event of its kind in the world.
This year, it will be joined by a newcomer—Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM).
What is IFAM?
IFAM is a “celebration of native art and the cultures that inspire it.”
IFAM formed as a breakaway show from the traditional SWAIA market and represents the vision of three talented individuals (our new office mates!):
- John Torres Nez (Navajo), Ph.D—former COO of SWAIA and Founder and current IFAM President.
- Tailinh Agoyo (Narragansett/Blackfeet), who is the Director of Marketing and Creative Services.
- Paula Rivera (Taos Pueblo), Director of Program Operations, who joined John soon after he formed IFAM.
The IFAM event is a 3-day show, which will take place in the Santa Fe Railyard, beginning on Thursday, August 21, and running through Saturday, August 23 (right before and during the traditional SWAIA show).
What You’ll Find at the Markets
These markets all happen during one epic week here in Santa Fe and are an opportunity for dealers and collectors to buy some of the best Indian art in the world.
Both juried markets feature American Indian artists from around the U.S., as well as from Canada’s First Nation people. Participants must have registered tribal affiliations to be eligible.
Art from diverse genres and mediums representing both traditional and contemporary art forms will be on view and for sale at the events.
Media include jewelry (such as turquoise, silver, gold and other precious and semi-precious stones), pottery, sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography, film, kachinas (carvings of spirit beings), beadwork, baskets and drums.
An Experience of a Lifetime
If you want to buy some of the best American Indian art in the world, head for Santa Fe during Indian Market Week and catch both shows! It’s truly an experience of a lifetime.
Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program Director Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) is also a Native American contemporary photographer. Make sure if you’re in town to stop by and see her participating in both shows!