ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Indigenous Fine Art Market, set up to overlap with the traditional Santa Fe Indian Market in August, will be held in the Railyard.
The location, announced Monday, puts the market within walking distance of the events on the Plaza but far enough away to mark its identity as a separate event. All of the IFAM events, which will include a Wednesday night kickoff dance party on Aug. 20, a reunion dinner for artists, friends and collectors on Aug. 21, and art sales and stage shows on Aug. 21-23, will be in the Railyard, according to Tailinh Agoyo, director of marketing and creative services.
The new organization and market were formed when three staffers, including former chief operating officer John Torres Nez, splintered off from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which has operated the Santa Fe Indian Market for 93 years.
Supporters of Torres Nez’s group say there needs to be a market run for and by Native Americans. SWAIA’s board notes that it has a Native American majority and says Indian Market has always put Native American artists first
SWAIA board members have questioned the practicality of holding a second market on overlapping dates, wondering if there were enough collectors and dollars to go around.
SWAIA is slated to announced its new leadership at a news conference on Tuesday, May 6.