SANTA FE, N.M.-The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is pleased to announce that artist applications for the 2007 Santa Fe Indian Market are currently available. In order to be eligible for the Indian Market application process, one must be able to supply proof of enrollment in a federally recognized United States tribe and a $25 application processing fee. More detailed instructions can be found on the application form itself. Completed forms and all supporting materials must be postmarked or hand delivered to the SWAIA offices no later than 5:00 PM, February 2nd, 2007 to be considered.
Artists who apply in 2007 will become part of a new, rotational jurying cycle. Although all interested artists must still apply every year to indicate their interest in participating, only certain classifications will be juried with slides each year. Artists accepted in those juried classifications will be accepted for a three-year term before they will have to submit new slides for the scoring and jurying process.
Irene Edwards, SWAIA Artist Services Coordinator says, "The rotational system was implemented to alleviate some of the financial and administrative burden on artists who provide slides each year." She also hopes all Native artists consider applying to the nation's most prestigious American Indian Art Show. "While it's true that the Market is very competitive because it is so prestigious," says Edwards, "it is a myth that there are long waiting lists or that it is impossible to be juried in. For instance, in 2006 nearly 100 new artists applied for Indian Market. Of that, 75 were placed into the show."
Applications may be requested via mail by calling 505.983.5220 or downloaded from SWAIA's website at www.swaia.org/marketapp.php. Questions about applying to the Santa Fe Indian Market may be directed to Artist Services Coordinator Irene Edwards at 505-983-5220 x228.
SWAIA's mission is to be an advocate for Native American arts and cultures (particularly those in the Southwest), and create economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by: producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indian art event in the world, cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms, and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round.