Artwork from across Americas to be featured at Native Art Market
WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host its annual Native Art Market Dec. 1–2 in Washington, D.C., and will feature the works from 35 Native artists.
The market will be located in the museum’s Potomac Atrium and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
The two-day event offers a unique opportunity for visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary artworks including silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, hand-woven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints and sculpture by some of the finest Native American artists from across the hemisphere.
Also, during the market, people can learn about Native arts and cultures. This year features emerging, innovative, multi-talented and critically acclaimed artists representing more than 30 Indigenous nations. A complete artist listing is available on the museum’s website.
The museum will host a members’ preview from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 30. Members of the museum will have the first chance to meet this year’s artists and shop before the market opens to the public. No tickets required; admission is free.
The Roanoke Museum Store will also be open as usual, offering Native American items illustrating how different artists interpret cultural traditions and art forms. On the museum’s second level, the store features jewelry, textiles and other works by Native artisans; souvenirs and children’s books and toys. The name “Roanoke” reflects the importance of waterways to Native commerce and alludes to the shells once used as currency by local Native peoples.
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. The museum is located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue S.W. and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). More museum information can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at AmericanIndian.si.edu.