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Celebrate the 19th annual Native Treasures Art Market at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture on Memorial Day Weekend

May 15th, 2023

Santa Fe, NM – Visit the 19th annual Native Treasures Art Market at the Santa Fe Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 28, 2023. 

Each year, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) brings together hundreds of Native artists for the annual art market. For its 2023 edition Native Treasures Art Market will present the highest quality artworks from a range of media—from painting and sculpture to jewelry and fashion, including Southwest favorites like pottery and textiles. All artists are available to meet and learn more about their work.

The Native Treasures Night Market on Friday, May 26 is a unique opportunity to shop the market early while enjoying delicious refreshments and live music by the Jacob Shije Trio. The MIAC Living Treasure Ceremony will take place during this event, honoring the 2022 MIAC Living Treasure, Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), the 2023 MIAC Living Treasure, Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo), and the 2023 Legacy Award recipients Lynda Teller Pete (Diné) and Barbara Teller Ornelas (Diné).

MIAC’s annual Living Treasure award honors Native artists who have made outstanding artistic contributions to the field of Indigenous arts and culture. Afterwards, more than 180 artists will be selling their works from 6-8 p.m. MIAC partners with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation--proceeds support the museum’s programs and participating artists keep 100% of their sales from the market.

The market will continue from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. General admission is $5/adult. The event will include MIAC educational programs for all ages and performances by the Black Eagle Singers (Jemez Pueblo), Zuni Olla Maidens, Tesuque Dance Group, and more.

Native Treasures began in 2005 out of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation as a means of concurrently supporting both MIAC and Native artists in the Southwest. 

To purchase tickets for the Art Market and Night Market, visit https://miac.eventbrite.com/.

 About the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture  

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and our donors. The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest.  

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation supports the Museum of New Mexico system, focusing on fundraising for exhibitions and education programs, retail and licensing programs, financial management, advocacy and special initiatives. The Foundation was founded in 1962 by Thomas B. Catron III with the goal of providing private support for the four state museums in Santa Fe. The private, nonprofit Foundation has expanded to support eight historic sites statewide as well as the Office of Archaeological Studies and enjoys a robust private-public partnership with the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit museumfoundation.org. 

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