National Museum of the American Indian’s 2015 Native Art Market Showcases Indigenous Works From Across the Americas

Two-day Event Held in Washington and New York City Features Contemporary, Traditional Works for Purchase
November 12, 2015
News Release

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host its annual Native Art Market Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5–6, at its Washington, D.C., and New York City locations. Featuring the works of more than 35 Native artists at each venue, the two-day event includes traditional and contemporary jewelry, basketry, paintings, sculpture, beadwork, photography and fine apparel from across the hemisphere. The market, located in the Potomac Atrium at the museum’s Washington location, will be open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The market at the New York location will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Diker Pavilion. Admission is free.

All artists were selected by the museum through a competitive process. Included are fashion designer Dorothy Grant (Haida), photographer Eugene Tapahe (Navajo), basket maker Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa), potter Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo) and many more notable artists. A complete listing of participants for the Native Art Market in Washington and New York is listed on the museum’s market website.

At the museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York, a ticketed preview party held Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. provides a first-look preview for guests of the Art Market. Ticketholders will have the opportunity to purchase works ahead of the main weekend event and will be treated to a cocktail reception and artist talk at 4 p.m., moderated by Lois Sherr Dubin, author of Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family, the companion catalog to the exhibition of the same name. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online, by calling (212) 514-3750 or by emailing

The Washington museum will also host a members’ preview Friday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. No tickets required.

About the National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. To learn more about the museum’s mission, visit

In Washington, the museum is located on the National Mall at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. It is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). It is accessible from L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station via the Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums exit. Follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In New York City, the museum is located at One Bowling Green, across from Battery Park. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. By subway, the museum may be reached by the 1 to South Ferry, the 4/5 to Bowling Green, the J/Z to Broad Street or the R to Whitehall Street. Follow the George Gustav Heye Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #NativeArtMarket and #ArtMarketNMAI.

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