About the Indian Fair & Market
One of Arizona's most significant cultural events, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, the state's largest, continues to combine innovative new artists and activities with the timeless traditions of the Southwest.
Beginning life as a small community event, the Fair is now a world-acclaimed festival that draws nearly 20,000 visitors and more than 700 of the nation's most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. You'll see both grand masters and young, cutting-edge contemporary artists such at the Fair. Among the guests are thousands of collectors from around the world who arrive early to be the first to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork like jewelry, pottery, baskets, katsina dolls, textiles, fine art and more.
But there's far more to the Fair than just the nation's very best American Indian art! In fact, the Fair is the perfect place for families wishing to enjoy a cultural and inexpensive weekend of music, entertainment and food. Festival goers can enjoy an array of American Indian music and cultural performances in the museum's outdoor amphitheatre throughout the weekend. A variety of foods including American Indian favorites like fry bread, posole stew, piki bread and Hopi stew as well as Mexican and American fare tempt the tastebuds.
From the Fair Chair -- November 2013:
You can help support the Fair's
Juried Competition and Awards
The main purpose for the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is to provide a marketplace for American Indians to display and sell their art. This affords our attendees a wonderful opportunity to visit with some of the best American Indian artists in the country and to own splendid art.
Awards are much sought-after by the artists through the Juried Competition process. The Heard Museum Guild awards are particularly prestigious. Thursday before the Fair, numerous volunteers arrive in the early morning preparing to greet the artists and to receive an average of 650 pieces of art. Artists may enter up to three pieces total.
Entries may be made in up to two of the eight categories of the competition. These categories correspond to the eight Best of Classification awards: jewelry, pottery, paintings/drawings/graphics/photography, wooden carvings, sculpture, textiles/weavings/clothing, diverse art forms, and baskets. At 5 p.m. the door closes, the judges have arrived and are having their dinner while listening to instructions. By 6 p.m. judging is in progress and lasts until about 10 p.m. Judges will name winners of 113 cash awards:
1 Best of Show - $2,500
8 Best of Classification - $1,250 each
41 Division 1st Place - $250 each
41 Division 2nd Place - $150 each
21 Judges Choice - $100 each
1 The Conrad House Award for creativity - $250
Honorable Mention - Ribbons only
At this point the artists have submitted their art, the judges have judged, and it is time to print the award checks. This is where you and I can participate by donating to fund the checks. We need your help. I hope you will seriously consider contributing at one of the below levels. Your name will appear as a 2014 Juried Award Sponsor in the Juried Competition Award List distributed at the Best of Show Reception and available during the Fair. The Sponsors are listed by the Categories of Giving that follow:
CATEGORIES OF GIVING
Turquoise Sponsors - $1,000 or more
Coral Sponsors - $500 to $999
Abalone Sponsors - $250 to $499
Jet Stone Sponsors - $100 to $249
Contributing Sponsors – Up to $99
We need a total of $31,250. If you enjoy the Fair, this is one way to show your appreciation. It is easy to do. Just choose your method of payment:
Heard Museum Guild
c/o Pat Kilburn
2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
OR Pay Online at: heardguild.org, click on “Donations”
(Use the “Company Name” line with your name as you want it to appear on the Sponsor list.)
Please consider one of the online recurring payment options so we can better plan for the future. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
See you at the Fair!
2014 Fair Chair