The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Annual Native Art Market

By Editorial Team on November 26, 2018
Courtesy of The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Event: Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 10am to 5:30pm

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host its annual Native Art Market Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1–2, in Washington DC, featuring works from 35 Native artists. The two-day event offers a unique opportunity for visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary artworks—including silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints and sculpture—by some of the finest Native American artists from across the hemisphere. The market will be located in the museum’s Potomac Atrium and open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

During the museum’s 13th annual Native Art Market in Washington, art lovers and the community 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 below and on the museum’s website.

The museum will host a members’ preview Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. 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.

Artists Taking Part in the 2018 Native Art Market in Washington

  • Lester and Sharon Abeyta (Santo Domingo Pueblo) Jewelry
  • Virginia Ballenger (Navajo) Textiles
  • Nanibaa Beck (Diné) Jewelry
  • Jolene Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo) Jewelry
  • Erik Christophersen (Ermineskin Cree Nation) Jewelry
  • Phyllis Coonsis (Pueblo of Zuni) Jewelry
  • Vivian Cottrell (Cherokee) Basketry
  • Shawn Deel (Diné) Sculpture and Carvings
  • Myrna Gardner (Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska) Mixed Media
  • Edward Grant (Tlingit) Sculpture and Carvings
  • Porfirio Gutierrez (Zapotec) Textiles
  • Susan Hudson (Navajo) Textiles
  • Margaret Jacobs (St. Regis Mohawk) Metal
  • Christie Latone (Pueblo of Zuni) Jewelry
  • Brent Learned (Cheyenne-Arapaho) Painting
  • Katrina Mitten (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) Beadwork
  • Lee Moquino (Pueblo of Zia) Pottery
  • Sage Mountainflower (Ohkay Owingeh) Beadwork
  • Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet) Mixed Media
  • JJ Otero (Navajo) Mixed Media
  • Norbert Peshlakai (Navajo) Jewelry
  • Monica Raphael (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) Mixed Media
  • Harlan Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo) and Lisa Holt (Cochiti Pueblo) Pottery
  • Marcus Slim (Navajo) Jewelry
  • Marvin Slim (Navajo) Jewelry
  • Matagi Sorensen (Yavapai-Apache Nation) Jewelry
  • Eugene Tapahe (Navajo) Photography
  • Broderick Tenorio (Diné) Jewelry
  • Herb Thompson (Navajo) Jewelry
  • Jacinthe TwoBulls (Haida) Basketry
  • Kristie Vann (Cherokee) Basketry
  • Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo) Pottery
  • Regina Waters (Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians) Jewelry
  • Kathy Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) Sculpture and Carvings
  • Monte Yellow Bird (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation) Illustration

About the Museum

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. National Mall at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue S.W.; open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25); FacebookTwitterInstagram and public can join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #NativeArtMarket and #ArtMarketNMAI.