Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Returns July 13-15

The largest international folk art market in the world, the annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, connects international cultures as established traditional artists from across the globe come together to display, demonstrate, and sell their work.

With expected attendance of over 20,000, it is one of the highlights of the summer season in Santa Fe, known for its vibrant Indian and Spanish markets. Designated one of UNESCO's Creative Cities in 2005, the only North American city to be so honored, Santa Fe provides a uniquely supportive and beautiful setting for this meeting of artists, dealers, collectors and folk art enthusiasts.

This year's market will feature over 150 artists from 41 countries selected by a panel of expert jurors. More than 40 percent of the 2012 Market artisans are new participants, including craftspeople from Hungary, South Sudan, Uganda, and Vanuatu. Many popular artists will be returning, such as basket weavers from Rwanda, bead workers from Haiti, embroidery artists from India, potters from France, and jewelers from Niger. The Market’s selection committee, comprised of experts, including representatives from leading international museums and universities, carefully vets the work for quality and traditionalism.

To tie into the Market, Santa Fe celebrates Folk Arts Week, kicking off Friday, July 6, with festivities including an international film festival at the Center for Contemporary Arts and public events at both the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.  Many market artists also arrive the week before to participate in business development workshops that give them important skills to compete in the global marketplace.

For ticket sales and more detailed information go to http://www.folkartmarket.org.

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