Welcome to Santa Fe Native Art Week, a city-wide, celebration of the finest Native Art here in the Americas’ leading destination for Native Arts and culture. Here you can use our calendar to plan your participation, discover the details of each activity and link to Santa Fe’s major Native Art institutions, galleries and events. This year’s Native Art Week offers 10 days of curated Native art exhibitions of historic and contemporary objects, markets and shows, film screenings and gallery openings, culminating with the revered Santa Fe Indian Market. We hope this site and Native Art Week help you discover, learn about, enjoy and collect indigenous art from the U.S. and Canada.
Southwestern Association for
Indian Arts, Inc. (SWAIA)
The Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. Begun in 1922, today, Indian Market attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the world, to buy art directly from roughly 1,000 artists from 200+ federally recognized tribes from the U.S. and Canada. Indian Market provides a rare opportunity to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market, which is produced by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), a non-profit organization that promotes Native art and artists.
Museum of International Folk Art
As one of the few museums in the United States dedicated to folk art from around the world, the Museum of International Folk Art expands the understanding of folk art and encourages dialogue about traditions, cultural identity, community, and aesthetics. The museum is a dynamic, multidimensional learning environment that is an integral part of community life. Our collection and programming provide important connections between past, present, and future folk art and related traditions. Over the years, the museum has grown to include the Hispanic Heritage Wing and Contemporary Hispanic Gallery, the Girard Wing, the Neutrogena Wing, and the Gallery of Conscience. Our vast and unique collections now number more than 130,000 examples of folk and traditional arts from around the world.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, one of four museums in the Museum of New Mexico system, is a premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art. The museum serves a diverse, multicultural audience through changing exhibitions, public lectures, field trips, artist residencies, and other educational programs. It is MIAC's mission to provide cross-cultural education to the many visitors to Santa Fe who take part in our programs and to New Mexican residents throughout the state. It is especially important that MIAC serve the Indian communities in our state and throughout the Southwest whose contemporary and ancestral cultures are represented in the museum's collections.
The School for Advanced Research
A not-for-profit educational institution, was established in 1907 to advance innovative social science and Native American art.A not-for-profit educational institution, was established in 1907 to advance innovative social science and Native American art.
During Native Art Week you can journey through one of the world’s finest collections of Native American art with nearly 12,000 works from the sixth century to the present, the Center. Tours are scheduled Wednesday, August 15 (2:00 p.m.), Thursday, August 16 (2:00 p.m.), Friday, August 17 (10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). Space is limited and reservations are required.
Institute for American Indian Art
It is the Mission of the Institute for American Indian Art, founded in 1962 “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.” At IAIA our mission is more than a statement, it is the on-going objective of all that we do and all of our highly talented and dedicated faculty and staff. It is our vision is to be the premier educational institution for Native arts and cultures.
of the American Indian
Founded in 1937, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is New Mexico’s oldest non-profit, independent museum. The Wheelwright offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. We’re famous for our focus on little-known genres and for solo shows by living Native American artists. We are the home of the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry, the most comprehensive collection of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry in the world. Our museum shop, the Case Trading Post, established in 1975, is one of Santa Fe’s oldest continuously operating galleries of Native American art, featuring the best in contemporary craft and fine arts by Native American artists, as well as a great selection of vintage and antique jewelry, ceramics, and textiles.
The Ralph T. Coe Arts Center
Art You Can Touch…
Art That Touches You
With over 2,000 objects from around the world, we give you a hands-on experience, connecting with Indigenous peoples throughout history, through the objects they crafted. Extended Summer Hours 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday in July and August. Admission is always free.
1590 B Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Events and Galleries
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase
Held at the New Mexico History Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presents the 18th annual Native Cinema Showcase, screening more than 50 feature-length and short films representing nine countries and more than 33 Native Nations. The 2018 selections feature themes of justice as it applies to many different facets of Native life and community.
Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery
Exhibiting the finest in Southwest Native American pottery, we feature the work of Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo. We consider our gallery to be an "educational retail experience" where our expert staff, with many years of museum service, is dedicated to making your visit most informative.
100 W. San Francisco Street
505 986 1234
Open Mon-Sat 10 am to 6 pm
Sun Noon to 6 pm
The Allan Houser Gallery
and Sculpture Garden
The downtown Gallery, at 125 Lincoln Ave, Ste 112, presents over 100 small and moderate scale artworks including bronze and stone sculpture, charcoal and pastel drawings, as well as tempera and acrylic paintings. It is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and features some of the most rate and desirable examples in all mediums. In 1976, Allan Houser and his family acquired a 50-acre parcel of land in southern Santa Fe County populated with juniper and chamisa--and extensive views in all directions. In the years following, he built a group of studios and created an expansive outdoor garden to share his sculptural works with collectors, museum groups, and visitors from across the world. The Sculpture Gardens remain a principle sales venue, displaying over 80 monumental works—both representational and abstract. An indoor gallery exhibits hundreds of drawings, paintings, and smaller sculptures and is included in guided tours offered weekdays throughout the year. The Allan Houser Sculpture Gardens are open by appointment only; please call (505) 471-1528 to schedule tours or events.
WHITEHAWK Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
The Whitehawk Shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for 40 years. Called "the granddaddy of them all" by Maine Antique Digest's Alice Kaufman, these amazing shows offer something for everyone. Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else. The energy is high and the pace leisurely, so browse and enjoy yourself. Our dealers are passionate about what they do and are happy to share their expertise. A world of knowledge is yours for the asking! Whitehawk's 40th Art Show starts with an opening night party on Friday, August 10, including heavy hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary drink. We'll have live entertainment and a cash bar to add to the festivities. The show continues from Saturday, Aug. 11th - Monday, Aug. 13th.
Nedra Matteucci Gallery
Since its founding in 1972, Nedra Matteucci Galleries has sought to expand and refine its diverse collection of important paintings and sculpture. Today, the gallery specializes in 19th and 20th century American art, including the Taos Society of Artists, artists of the American West, and masters of American Impressionism and Modernism. Leading contemporary painters and sculptors that represent the depth and diversity of modern western art are also a major part of the comprehensive collection of artists the gallery exhibits.
Brant Mackley Gallery
Brant Mackley Gallery is proud to announce our new location at: 1405 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Offerings include exceptional antique 19th-early 20th Century Native American and World tribal art. The August 2018 offerings will focus on Woodlands sculpture, Plains beadwork, Pueblo pottery, Eskimo and Northwest Coast objects. Historic Native photography will be represented in the gallery as well. We are open 11-5pm, Tuesday – Saturday. We are also open by appointment, please call 505-670-2447 or email email@example.com to schedule a visit outside of normal business hours.
Additional free parking is available Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 9:00pm at the State Capitol Parking Facility municipal garage located at 485 Galisteo Street. There is also metered parking always available on Galisteo street next to the Parking Facility.
Events and Galleries
The Antique American
Indian Art Show
In the Railyard at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM. When the world comes to Santa Fe for the best in American Indian art – Its heritage will be found at The Antique American Indian Art Show, at El Museo in The Railyard.
Opening Preview - Tues., August 14th 6-9 pm, $50 per person of the preview proceeds to benefit
KNME New Mexico PBS.
Shiprock Santa Fe
For over 30 years, fifth-generation art dealer Jed Foutz, who was raised on the Navajo Nation in a prominent family of Indian art traders, has refined his singular vision into Shiprock Santa Fe's curated collection of historic and contemporary Navajo rugs and blankets, Native American jewelry, Pueblo pottery, sculpture, basketry, folk art and fine art by leading Native American artists.
53 Old Santa Fe Trail
2nd Floor Santa Fe, NM 87501
P 505 982 8478
F 505 989 1795
The Peters Projects
Peters Projects is a contemporary Santa Fe art gallery housed in a massive adobe-style exhibition space. Our Multi-winged space hosts revolving painting, sculpture, and photography exhibitions by significant contemporary artists like Fernando Andrade, Kiki Smith, and Kent Monkman.
We specialize in showcasing the exciting new direction of contemporary and modern Native American art as well as First Nation artists challenging conceptions of Indigenous Identity and Culture. Peters Projects also highlights groundbreaking contemporary ceramics exploring history, culture, and decoration through objects and installation.
Gerald Peters Gallery
Established in Santa Fe in 1972, the Gerald Peters Gallery relocated to the historic Bandelier House in 2015. With a focus on specially curated exhibitions in the areas of Naturalism, Western Realism, and Classic to Contemporary Western Art, the Gerald Peters Gallery is home to over one hundred artists working in a variety of disciplines. The gallery represents numerous estates from the Santa Fe Art Colony artists, and works to showcase modernism in the region with notable exhibitions featuring Georgia O’Keeffe, John Sloan and other celebrated artists.
Santa Fe Art Auction
For 24 years, the Santa Fe Art Auction has featured a carefully curated selection of paintings, works on paper and prints by the Taos Society of Artists, Santa Fe Art Colony and Los Cinco Pintores; important paintings and bronzes by the Cowboy Artists of America; exceptional offerings by contemporary masters; and an impressive array of wildlife and sporting art. The Santa Fe Art Auction has proudly established a number of auction records, and has achieved market-setting results for works by Robert Henri, Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Geer Phillips, Willard Nash, Carl Rungius, Raymond Jonson, and Howard Terpning, among many others. The 25th Annual Santa Fe Art Auction will take place Wednesday, November 10th at The Peters Project,1011 Paseo de Peralta, 1:30 pm MST.
Manitou Galleries is one of the foremost galleries in the West, with locations on Palace Avenue just off the Santa Fe plaza, on the famous Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The gallery offers one of the finest collections of contemporary representational paintings, sculpture, prints, glass, and fine jewelry, and our experienced and knowledgeable staff is always friendly and accommodating.
Faust Gallery Santa Fe
Faust Gallery is one of the leading galleries today that focuses on the highest quality American Indian Art and Jewelry. Beginning in the 1960’s a handful of jewelers transformed what is known as “traditional jewelry” to their finest works of contemporary “wearable art” adored by collectors worldwide. Faust Gallery is excited to share with you 35 years in experience as we celebrate21 years in business with the opening of our new Santa Fe Gallery at 114 E. Palace Ave.
Considering the spectacular new direction in jewelry created by American Indian artists, I remember how Lovena described them as the American equivalent of Faberge. I also recall a quote by Pual Smith of New York’s American Craft Museum who said ” They ( the jewelers) have attended a whole new aesthetic level, keeping the vital connection with the past, yet transcending it. I believe these artists have given to jewelry what jazz gave to music – a uniquely American contribution. They create beautiful works of art that can be worn, and by doing so, have earned international recognition”Bill Faust II
Events and Galleries
Objects of Arts
In the Railyard at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM. Featuring 70+ exhibitors, with material ranging from contemporary to historic, Objects of Art includes paintings, sculpture, and fine art of all kinds, furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles, and tribal, folk, American Indian, African, and Asian art.
Opening Champagne Reception Thursday, August 9, to benefit Assistance Dogs of the West from 5-6 pm featuring the works of George and Mira Nakashima and Maynard Dixon, $125 per person 100% of the proceeds benefit ADW.
Opening Preview – Thursday, August 9, 6-9 pm, $50 per person, 100% of the preview proceeds to benefit
KNME New Mexico PBS.
Blue Rain Gallery
Leroy Garcia founded Blue Rain Gallery in 1993 in an upstairs bedroom of his family’s home at the entrance to the Taos Pueblo. He only sold about $20,000 worth of art that first year, but over time he could guide the gallery to critical acclaim and financial success. He moved the operation to a larger site near the Taos Plaza, then expanded to Santa Fe, where the gallery remains today. Over the course of this expansion, Garcia demonstrated his knack for staying ahead of the curve in a variety of ways. Blue Rain first made its name as the country’s premier venue for contemporary Native art, displaying museum-quality works that showcased the sophistication and creativity of artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional art forms. Throughout its two-and-a-half decades, the gallery gradually expanded to include a broad array of non-Native works as well, presenting a wide-ranging stable of artists who have in common the qualities of refinement and innovation that Garcia seeks. “Over the years, the gallery has become more diverse,” he says. “It used to be focused entirely on contemporary Native art. Now it’s a mixture of everything —contemporary, Native, regional, Hispanic, and glass art, among other genres. It was a natural evolution that became more deliberate after we realized the evolution was happening.”
Since the establishment of Morningstar Gallery in 1984, the gallery has been recognized for carrying cultural and artistic treasures of unparalleled quality and beauty from over fifty Native North American tribes. The founding principle of the gallery was to cohesively apply the tenets of connoisseurship across the diversity of material available from Native North America--bead and quillwork from the Plains; pottery, textiles, jewelry and Katsinas from the Southwest; baskets from the Great Basin and California; and wooden sculpture from the Northeast and Northwest Coast. Over the last few years we have expanded our areas of expertise and product line to include antique New Mexican furniture and devotional art. We are also proud to now represent the best Native American artists working today.
Sherwoods Spirit of America
Sherwoods specializes in Native American artifacts and historic Americana. We offer the finest examples available from every corner of America – from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands and Great Basin to the Great Plains. Whether you are a serious, accomplished collector or just starting on your collecting journey, we are sure you will find something of interest to you! We are pleased and proud to share these marvelous collectibles with you.
We invite you to visit Sherwoods Spirit of America in Santa Fe, which is located near the historic Santa Fe Plaza at 128 West Palace Avenue. Your collecting interests and needs are of paramount importance to us. We are more than happy to demonstrate this through our personal attention to your specific details.
Located on Palace Avenue in downtown Santa Fe, Ellsworth Gallery presents exhibitions of contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper from around the world, as well as museum quality Japanese antiques. Our mission is to provide the collector with carefully curated works of international stature along with a deep knowledge of the arts and the current art markets. With many one and two artist shows, as well as periodic group shows and installations, Ellsworth Gallery emphasizes pioneering artists whose work combines distinctive vision with rigorous technique.
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art presents monthly solo and group exhibitions from our spacious new location at 558 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. We specialize in contemporary abstraction representing a focused group of artists working from a variety of perspectives including: Native American, Australian Aboriginal, and American Southwestern. Large-scale photography as well as ceramic, textile, wood and glass art are also represented.
The Antique Tribal Art Dealer’s Association is an international organization of tribal arts dealers and collectors honoring the artistic vision of Indigenous People and dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity. ATADA’s highest priority is to provide a set of standards for the professional trade in antique American Indian and Tribal Arts. We present ourselves to the public as a trustworthy association of art dealers and encourage the public to educate themselves about the cultures these objects represent and the roles they played, and continue to play, within their cultures.
ATADA Member Sellers guarantee all objects sold are as represented regarding age, authenticity, and extent of restoration (if any), and have been properly acquired and fall within the laws concerning cultural sensitivity as specified in the ATADA Bylaws.
Eight dynamic Santa Fe cultural institutions have joined forces in a collaboration called “Project Indigene” to examine perspectives and create awareness of some of the issues facing indigenous art: authenticity, appropriation, activism, and artistic identity. These complex issues sparking public discourse are addressed in works in the permanent collections of these institutions or works that will be investigated in upcoming exhibitions. It is critical to this collective to examine issues of copyright and intellectual property, to be mindful of the power dynamics in the telling of indigenous stories, and to engage critically with contemporary political and social issues that artists face.
The collaborative partners include: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), the Museum of International Folk Art, the Native Treasures Art Market, the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, the School for Advanced Research (SAR), the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Market), and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Project Indigene is generously supported by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission.
First American Art Magazine (FAAM)
promotes and contextualizes visual, media, literary, and performing arts of Indigenous Americas from a hemispheric Indigenous perspective. Our goal is to foster critical dialogue about Native art. We provide a forum to bridge the academy and the general public. FAAM examines current and historical issues through the lens of Native art. First American Art Magazine, LLC envisions a world with Indigenous cultural sovereignty. We achieve this by articulating and popularizing Indigenous critical theory in ways accessible to Native communities as well as the non-Native art world.
133 24th Ave. NW #126
Norman, OK 73069
Native American Art Magazine
Native American Art Magazine is the only magazine dedicated to the market for historic and contemporary native art. Designed for collectors, the magazine focuses on gallery shows, museum exhibitions, markets and fairs and auctions. It has also been the official magazine of the Santa Fe Indian market for the last two years.
Echoes of Influence: Datus Myers and the Pueblo Painters
The Gerald Peters Gallery
In the 1930s, Myers was appointed Field Coordinator of the Indian Division of the New Deal’s Public Works of Art Program. His primary responsibility was focused on visiting the local Pueblos in order to recruit Native artists to the program. Many of the Native artists Myers worked with influenced his own style and subject matter. The exhibition presents Myers’s work alongside works by Pueblo Painters: Velino Shije Herrera, Tonita Vigil Peña and Julián Martinez. It is likely Myers encountered and was aware of all three artists and their works during his years with the PWAP.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am - 5pm
1005 Paseo de Peralta
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Peshlakai Vision. Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshlakai.
Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry, Martha Hopkins Struever Gallery
Museum Hill, 704 Camino Lejo
Memory Weaving: Works by Melanie Yazzie
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Memory Weaving: Works by Melanie Yazzie. Navajo printmaker and sculptor
Museum Hill, 704 Camino Lejo
Beadwork Adorns the World
Museum of International Folk Art
Whether these extraordinary glass beads come from the island of Murano (Venice, Italy) or the mountains of Bohemia (Czech Republic), where they start out is seldom where they end up. No matter where they originate, the locale that uses them makes them into something specific to their own world view.
This exhibition is about what happens to these beads when they arrive at their final destination, whether it be the African continent (Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa), to Borneo, to Burma, to India, Native North America to Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia to Ecuador). The exhibit is complimented by the August 15th conversation between three Native American beaders, 3-4 pm, at the neighboring Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, as a part of Project Indigene.
Museum Hill 706 Camino Lejo,