The 2016 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market has passed but you can read all about it here. Stay tuned for new information on the 59th annual Fair, March 4-5, 2017, coming soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Native cultural music and dance groups will perform during the weekend.
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.
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.
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 are available by contacting public relations/communications manager Mark Scarp, firstname.lastname@example.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.