Schedule for 2022 Santa Fe Indian Market revealed

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts has announced the 100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market Schedule of Events. Planning is underway for the Centennial Santa Fe Indian Market which will be held on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.

“We are so thankful that COVID is easing off and giving us hope for the future,” SWAIA Executive Director Kim Peone (Colville Confederated Tribes/Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) said on March 3, 2022. “In that promise we are planning a full Indian Market with new events at every corner of Santa Fe.”

Since 1922, Santa Fe Indian Market has been North America’s largest and most important juried Indigenous art market. Originally focused on the Indigenous art of the Southwest, the market has expanded its reach over the years to include Indigenous artists from all regions of the United States and Canada.

SWAIA will also present its first-ever Art Indigenous August 18-21, a contemporary art show featuring sculpture, painting, photography, installation and performance from worldwide galleries exhibiting Indigenous artists from the United States and Canada. The four-day art show will be held at Santa Fe’s El Museo Cultural, located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District. The show will commence with a VIP opening night party on Thursday, August 18.

The Santa Fe Indian Market, begun as a weekend art market, has grown into an Indigenous art mecca adopted by Santa Fe’s top galleries and cultural institutions.

“2022 will be like none other for Indigenous art collectors and visitors to Santa Fe,” Peone said. “The City of Santa Fe is embracing our centennial and many of the leading galleries and institutions are producing Indigenous-themed content and producing shows by top Indigenous artists throughout the year.”

Artist booths will again be located throughout the Plaza area downtown with satellite events taking place across Santa Fe.

Wyld Gallery in Austin, TX deals exclusively in contemporary Native American artwork.
Wyld Gallery in Austin, TX and online deals exclusively in contemporary Native American artwork.

“Over the past century, the American Indian Art World has been significantly influenced and sustained by Santa Fe Indian Market and the tourist industry. The Market provides income to artists and their families and connects native and non-native worlds through the interaction that it fosters,” Peone added. “It is through these interactions that Native artists communicate cultural histories to non-Native visitors. In that respect, Indian Market has served as not only a marketplace, but also a forum for shared cultural exchanges that enhance visitors’ experiences.”

Can’t make it to Santa Fe for Market? Visit these other top Indian art markets around the U.S.

Pamela Baker designs © Image Courtesy of SWAIA
Pamela Baker designs © Image Courtesy of SWAIA

Wednesday August 17

Indian Market 2022 Private Preview & Artist Reception 6PM-8PM

Invitation only

Thursday August 18

Art Indigenous Opening Night Preview 6PM-10PM

Located at the El Museo de Cultural

Friday August 19   

Best Of Show Ceremony and Luncheon 12PM-2:30
Members Only Sneak Peek 2-4pm
General Preview and Silent Auction 4-6pm

All events at Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Saturday August 20—Opening Day

100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market on the Plaza 8AM-5PM

Plaza Entertainment 9AM-4PM

SWAIA Gala and Live Auction- 6:00-9:00pm

Located at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Sunday August 21 

100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market on the Plaza 8AM-5PM

Plaza Entertainment 9AM-4PM

SWAIA Indigenous Fashion Show 3PM

Located at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center

General Trunk Show-5:00-6:00pm (Immediately following the Indigenous Fashion Show)

Limited to ticket holders to the Indigenous Fashion Show

Located at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Where to Stay in Santa Fe for Indian Art Market

There are a variety of hotels available within walking distance of Santa Fe Plaza, where the festivities take place. Here are a few suggestions:

Hotel St. Francis

Inn & Spa at Loretto

Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Eldorado Hotel and Spa

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe

La Posada de Sante Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa

Booking.com

About SWAIA

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922. SWAIA cultivates excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms and develops programs and events that support, promote and honor Native artists year-round. 

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5 Comments
  • Melissa Quinones
    January 5, 2022

    What are the odds that the market will actually take place this year. We’re in NY and would like to visit but I am hesitant to buy plane tickets. Is this going to be the big outdoor market like the Spanish market, with vendors set up in tents, selling their products? We haven’t been to Santa Fe since 2007 and cannot wait to get back and visit!

    Thank you,
    Melissa Quiñones

    • Chadd Scott
      January 5, 2022

      I think the likelihood that Indian Market will take place this summer is good. There was an in-person Market in August 2021, albeit with limited attendance, and I expect there to again be as near to a full-blown, in-person, outdoor Indian Market with hundreds of artist booths and tens of thousands of visitors as possible. I am personally making my plans to attend and would encourage you to do so as well if you’d like to go.

  • Jared Powers
    February 18, 2022

    Hey Chad.. Your information conflicts with SWAIA’s website: https://swaia.org/schedule-of-events/

    • Chadd Scott
      February 18, 2022

      Jared, SWAIA has added some pre-market festivities which I will be sure to add.

  • Cathy C Whitaker
    June 24, 2022

    Good info. I shall visit in September.