About the Southwest Indian Art Fair:
The Southwest Indian Art Fair, usually located at the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus, draws over 200 juried Native American artists. The Fair runs Saturday and Sunday, annually in February (2010 in March). The Southwest Indian Art Fair is a high quality, excellent show.
Location and Parking:
Arizona State Museum is located in two historic buildings on the University of Arizona campus, just east of the main gate at University Boulevard and Park Avenue in Tucson.
From the I-10 frontage road take Speedway Blvd. east to Euclid Ave. Turn south on Euclid. Convenient parking is available just one block from the museum at Tyndall and Second (uncovered lot). Additional parking is available Euclid and Second (covered garage) or Tyndall and Fourth (covered garage). There is a small fee for parking on weekdays. Parking is free on weekends.
What You WIll See:
Enjoy the entertainment which includes music, dance and storytelling throughout the day. When you are hungry, head for a food booth and pick up an Indian Taco, sweet frybread or soft drink. There are also restaurants surrounding the campus area.
In the educational tents you can learn more about weaving and basket making.
Hint for Collectors:
Why You Must Attend:
I found the quality of the artists to be impressive. I saw artists that I had not encountered at other large shows and was amazed by the variety. There were painted gourds, sand paintings, storytellers, folk art carvings, metal work, a fantastic selection of pottery, contemporary and traditional jewelry (I love it when the artists combine the old with the new), katsinas, and paintings on canvas and wood. There were the tried and true award-winning artists and some great up and coming artists.
We enjoyed the colorful dance programs, and stood in line for a great Indian Taco (frybread with beans, cheese, and salad).
I highly recommend that you plan a trip to Tucson for the Native Amercian Art Fair. When you come, wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes, arrive as early as possible and plan to spend the entire day. If you can, buy your tickets ahead of time as it will save you from standing in the long ticket line. There is so much to see and experience.