Magazine article Southwest Art

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Magazine article Southwest Art

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SWAIA LETTER

Welcome to the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts' 80th Santa Fe Indian Market

This year the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) has partnered with Southwest Art magazine to produce this special issue of the Indian Market magazine 2001. To celebrate our 80th year, we look back to our beginnings and forward to our future. This issue highlights the many Native American artists whose vibrant creative spirits have placed Santa Fe Indian Market at the forefront of the Indian Art Movement, both nationally and internationally. SWAIA artists have helped position Indian art as one of the world's unique and great art forms. Not only have they excelled in their traditional styles, but they have also challenged themselves to explore new media and techniques. Our collaboration with Southwest Art is another step in recognizing the importance of this work in world markets.

The combination of special awards, fellowship opportunities, the selection of lifetime achievement winners, a much-photographed clothing contest, and a fabulous Live Auction featuring the work of top market artists continue to make Santa Fe Indian Market the most prestigious and successful market in the world. The tradition of coming to market in Santa Fe--city known for its culture and beauty--adds to the pleasure and allure for collectors and artists alike. SWAA, the non-profit arts organization that produces Indian Market, has dedicated its resources to promoting the work of its artists and helping them sharpen their sales and marketing skills. SWAIA is also committed to educating the consumer about the cultural and aesthetic values associated with the rich Native American heritage as expressed through art. …

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