John Torres Nez announced on Monday May 5, that the Indigenous Fine Art Market will be held in the Santa Fe Railyard, from Thursday, August 21 to Saturday, August 23. The new showcase of American Indian art will kick off with a dance party on the evening of Wednesday, August 20, and there will be a reunion dinner for artists, friends and collectors Thursday evening. Stage performances will be held throughout the Market in the afternoons.
IFAM will overlap and compete with the established SWAIA Indian Market which is in its 93rd year, and this year is taking place from Saturday August 23- Sunday August 24, with the usual judging, awards event, bandstand performances and fashion show.
IFAM’s announcement puts the two Markets within a few blocks of each other — easy walking distance. Previous announcements suggested the new Market would be set up at The Santa Fe Indian School, which is a mile and a half from the Santa Fe Plaza where SWAIA holds its Market every third week of August. Community groups have been advocating for The Railyard for years, and when it finally opened it was touted as “The New Plaza” because downtown Santa Fe has many issues with city and historical regulations. There is still some construction going on due to a delayed Cinema Movieplex site, but the community has enjoyed The Railyard, which houses the Railrunner commuter train, the Santa Fe Farmers Market, SITE Santa Fe, and many brand new galleries that have left the downtown area.
IFAM’s new website at indigefam.org has application forms for Native Artists; you can also follow the IFAM Facebook page for updates and information. An additional resource to keep an eye on is the IFAM YouTube page, to which the first video was uploaded today:
IFAM is accepting SWAIA artists (through May 30) who were accepted into this year’s Indian Market, and any Native American Artists from Federally recognized tribes, First Nations Artists with Canadian Status Cards, and those registered with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Additional IFAM deadlines for new artists are as follows: Applications are due by June 6, and booth fees by June 20. SWAIA‘s booth fee deadlines remain May 23 and May 27 with late fees.
It is possible for Native Artists to participate in both Markets and have a 4 day run. My advice to artists is to start producing like crazy.
Because it is held on City of Santa Fe property at the Railyard, a city license and state taxes will be the responsibility of the artist, all that is on the IFAM application.
See you at The Markets this year!
Alex Jacobs, Santa Fe NM, May 8, 2014
Alex Jacobs, Mohawk, is a poet and visual artist based in Santa Fe.