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National Museum of the American Indian’s 2016 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 7, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host its annual Native Art Market Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3–4, 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 for Native Arts and Cultures. Admission is free.

All artists were selected by the museum through a competitive process. Included are jewelry designer Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw Nation), fashion designer Peter Williams (Yupik), painter and illustrator Monte Yellow Bird Sr. (Three Affiliated Tribes) and many more notable artists. A complete listing of participants for the Native Art Market in Washington and New York is on the museum’s market website.

At the museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York, a ticketed preview party held Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. will provide 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., “Unique Art Forms in Native Design,” moderated by Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), beadwork artist and curator of the exhibition “Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains,” which closes Dec. 4. Tickets start at $50 ($40 for members) and can be purchased online by calling (212) 514-3750 or by emailing nyrsvp@si.edu.

The Washington museum will also host a members’ preview Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. No tickets required; admission is free.

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 AmericanIndian.si.edu.

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/W to Whitehall Street. Follow the George Gustav Heye Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The public can join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #NativeArtMarket and #ArtMarketNMAI.

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Joshua Voda     
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Lisa Austin 
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montage of artworks and Native crafts
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2016 Native Art Market: Kristen Dorsey

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Kristen Dorsey

Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw Nation) is a featured jewelry designer at the 2016 Native Art Market in New York City, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3–4, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center. Pictured here is a signature jeweled hair accessory. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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2016 Native Art Market: Monte Yellow Bird Sr.

Painting featuring buffalo and geometric design

Monte Yellow Bird Sr.

Monte Yellow Bird Sr. (Three Affiliated Artists) is a painter and illustrator featured at the 2016 Native Art Market in New York City, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3–4, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center. His ledger art shown here is titled The Buffalo Return.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

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2016 Native Art Market: Peter Williams

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Peter Williams

These beaded earrings are from the collection of Peter Williams (Yupik), a fashion designer featured at the 2016 Native Art Market in Washington, D.C., which takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3–4, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall.

Photo courtesy of the artist.



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