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Celebrating the Art of Pottery

58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

The 2016 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market has passed but you can read all about it here. Stay tuned for new information on next year’s fair throughout the year!

ATTENTION ARTISTS: The Heard Museum Guild is now receiving applications from artists for the 59th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, March 4-5, 2017. To get an application and more information, click here.

The 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market was held
March 5 & 6, 2016.

The Fair is a world-acclaimed cultural event that draws nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. You’ll meet traditional and cutting-edge contemporary artists as well as young artists selling their art alongside their relatives. All proceeds support the museum’s mission of educating the public about the arts and lifeways of Indigenous peoples of the Americas with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.

See the Winners of the Juried Competition

2016 Juried Competition Winner List

‘Celebrating the Art of Pottery’

Celebrate the tradition of pottery making as well as the work of top American Indian artists of many media. Visitors get firsthand access to artists and can view and purchase handmade, authentic work by the best jewelers, sculptors, painters, potters, weavers, bead workers, katsina doll carvers and basket makers. Fair weekend also includes music by recording artists, cultural dance performances and art demonstrations. The Indian Fair & Market is the museum’s largest annual fundraiser, presented by the Heard Museum Guild.

Parking and light rail

Use the light rail

Park and ride the rail! The Valley Metro light rail system makes it easier than ever to visit the Fair for tourists and residents alike! Heard visitors have their own light rail stop, Encanto Boulevard, in front of the Museum’s Central Avenue entrance! The light rail passes close by to major downtown hotels, and ample parking is available close to light rail stations, so hunting for a parking spot is a relic of the past.  Click here for light rail schedules.


If you are arriving by car, while the museum’s parking lots are being used by hundreds of Fair booths and activities, the Heard has arranged with neighboring parking garages and lots for free parking during this year’s Fair. Click here for a map of free public parking in areas near the museum.

Best of Show Reception and Dinner

This is a unique opportunity to preview the award-winning art and talk with the artists while enjoying a catered buffet dinner. The evening also includes a Silent Auction and the “Bejeweled & Bedazzled” fashion and accessories show.

Best of Show Drawing

Every year artists donate work for the Best of Show evening Drawing. In 2016, four talented artists donated pottery for our Best of Show Drawing this year: Britney Eustace (Zuni), Susan Folwell (Santa Clara), Jaycee Nahohai (Zuni), and James Garcia Nampeyo (Hopi).

Cultural performances

Native cultural music and dance groups will perform during the weekend.

Shop events during the Fair

Beginning at the Best of Show Reception, visit the Shop to see more of Indian Country’s most acclaimed artists, and during the Fair, purchase and have books signed by authors.

Fair tickets

Advance tickets go on sale in December at the Heard Museum admissions desk or online, by phone or by mail. Members will receive the Fair Brochure with ordering information included in December.

NOTE: Please note that discounts for general admission, including the Canadian Traveller magazine discount, the Visit Scottsdale “Warm Weather” promotion and Culture Passes are not accepted for Fair entry. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Members-only early-bird shopping

Heard Museum members can enter the Fair early, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday! Not a member? Call 602.251.0261 or visit heard.org/membership to become a member today.

Media credentials

Media credentials are available by contacting public relations/communications manager Mark Scarp, mscarp@heard.org or 602.251.0283 (desk) or 602.810.8964 (cell). Media representatives are required to have credentials issued by the Heard Museum to enter the museum grounds during the Best of Show reception on March 4 and the Fair itself March 5-6. Freelancers or other contractors  must provide confirmation that they are covering this event for a recognized media outlet by showing a copy of either a contract with or a letter from such a media outlet outlining the scope of that coverage.



The Heard Museum would like to thank the following media sponsors for 2016: The Heard Museum thanks the following Courtyard Stage sponsor for 2016: The Heard Museum thanks the following Circles of Giving Reception sponsor for 2016: The Heard Museum thanks the following Best of Show Reception sponsor for 2016:

Thousands enjoyed the works of more than 600 artists and several musical and dance performers at a recent Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. Guild members have planned and presented the event at the museum each year since 1959.

Event Details

March 4 – 5, 2017
Saturday – Sunday

Tickets for 2017 will be available in December. Please check back.

Heard Museum Campus

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