Native American artists creating high quality fine contemporary art have a relatively new venue for showing their work during Santa Fe Indian Market. Indian Market: EDGE, a juried show taking place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, features a wide variety of contemporary art forms that don’t easily fit into existing Indian Market categories.
Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) initiated EDGE in 2015 as a way to add another dimension to the 96-year old Santa Fe Indian Market.
“There aren’t booths but rather two rooms in the Convention Center set up like gallery spaces,” explains EDGE’s coordinator Elizabeth Charley. “This year, we’ll have around 20 artists participating. I think the word about EDGE is still spreading throughout the Native arts community.”
Among the featured artists are painter Melissa Melero (Paiute), multi-disciplinary artist Heidi Brandow (Navajo), photography/textile artist Dakota Mace (Navajo) and sculptor Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee). A few Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students and alums also are displaying work.
A private ticketed reception for EDGE takes place from 6-8 p.m. on August 17 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The general previews, which are held from 2-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on August 18, are also ticketed events. The public can view the show for free on August 19.