Prescott Indian Art Market

September 16-17, 2023


September 16-17, 2023

September 16-17, 2023

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday

Experience Native American culture in a unique way.

PIAM is Sharlot Hall Museum’s premier Native American art market, featuring Indigenous art, music, performances, demonstrations, and more. Over 100 top native artists present artwork in this juried show, showcasing art media ranging from oil painting and beadwork to pottery and weaving.

2023 Featured Artist: Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith at work at his jeweler’s bench

Patrick is a full blood, enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation. He was born on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, where he attended boarding school. Later his family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he completed his education through high school. He studied computer programming and business administration at Yavapai College and at the University of Arizona.

On a whim, he traveled for a year across the U.S. in an old Ford truck, financing the trip by selling Navajo jewelry he made by hand on the road using traditional techniques learned from his family. After crafting old-style jewelry for a while, he yearned to acquire expertise in more advanced metalsmithing techniques to create the exciting contemporary jewelry designs that he envisioned.

Eventually he returned to his hometown of Flagstaff to study art in earnest. He completed his BFA and Master of Arts degrees at Northern Arizona University. His M.A. is in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Patrick later won an Arlene Feddes fellowship for Excellence in Art from the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA). His jewelry was selected to travel across the U.S. for three years on the ArtTrain USA—a traveling art museum—when it was curated to display contemporary art of a small number of Native American Indian artists from across the nation. His art was purchased for display at The British Museum in London and has also been featured in art exhibits, quality jewelry books, and other publications.

See Patrick’s work for yourself at the 25th annual Prescott Indian Art Market, September 16-17 at the Sharlot Hall Museum.

The Museum provides access for visitors with disabilities. No animals allowed (except for registered service animals).

For Artists

The Prescott Indian Art Market welcomes all Native American artists to apply. All applicants, including those who have participated in the Market before, must provide an application form, a $20 processing fee, 4 photographs of their recent work, and a copy of their CIB (unless they have sent one in already). Artist applications are due by May 15, 2023. Click here to apply.