What’s IFAM

Wounded Knee Memorial Site in South Dakota.
Wounded Knee Memorial Site in South Dakota.

IFAM (Indigenous Fine Art Market) is a celebration of native art and the cultures that inspire it. According to their website, it was born out of a positive movement by artists who want a voice in how their market is produced. IFAM is a juried art show and will include only the highest quality artwork.

Three former Santa Fe Art show managers, (SWAIA managers), announced their resignation from SWAIA in 2014 and formed the new Indigenous Fine Art Market in Santa Fe.

I was able to get ahold of an application and believe it or not, I was accepted to attend in 2015.

Over the years, Native Artists have been upset with the Santa Fe SWAIA art market and have threatened a separate Native-run Market, according to Indian Country Today Newspaper.

“Artists feel they don’t get the proper respect, since they are the main draw for the event and sometimes feel left out of decisions that affect them. [Santa Fe] Indian Market doubles the size of Santa Fe’s population during that weekend, with estimates of 80,000 to 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe and New Mexico at that time, bringing in over 100 million in revenue.”

Looks like I’ll be returning to Santa Fe – I haven’t been able to attend an art show in Santa Fe since 2003.

*(above is a picture I took yesterday (July 15, 2015).  The picture is of The Wounded Knee Memorial site in South Dakota.  I snapped the image while on my annual pilgramage to the Bear Butte holy land – the image has nothing to do with IFAM but I just thought it was a nice image).

Have a great day, wherever you are.


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