The 2018 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

July 13, 14 & 15, 2018




The World Unites: 15th Annual International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

The World’s Largest Folk Art Festival is a Must-See for Art and Culture Lovers

July 13, 14, and 15, 2018—Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico


This summer, the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is on every art and culture lover’s don’t-miss list as the only place on the planet to meet 160 master artists from 53 countries and shop a global gallery of the finest handmade folk art traditions. People of all backgrounds and beliefs will unite as the Market welcomes master artists, entrepreneurs, global citizens, and community leaders whose creativity provides common ground in an increasingly polarized world.

From widely celebrated makers to up-and-coming creators, this year’s festival brings 54 first-time artists together with 106 returning artists, and includes four countries never represented before: Argentina, Jordan, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. Together, these culture bearers will blur borders with an eye-dazzling convergence of handmade forms, textures, and designs—textiles, jewelry, beadwork, basketry, wood carvings, ceramics, rugs, glass and metal work, sculpture, mixed media, toys, and more.

Some 20,000 visitors are expected to gather in the Market’s high-desert setting to meet brilliantly clad artists, experience world music and foods, and purchase works of art ranging from extremely affordable to highly collectible. New in 2017 is Innovation Inspiration, a special exhibition area featuring works by 30 artists who are reinterpreting time-honored materials and techniques into innovative works that express new meaning in the modern age.


Santa Fe has for centuries been an international crossroads of culture and commerce. Since the Market’s inception in 2004, the city has become an ever-more vital point of connection in a globalized but fractious world, a place where the humanity of the handmade triumphs over the faceless mechanization of mass-production.

The Market, juried by two panels of experts, is carefully curated to represent the highest quality folk art made in the world today by individual artists, family enterprises, and community artist cooperatives. The Market’s artist-centered model is supported through longtime partnerships with such respected global thought leaders as UNESCO and the World Craft Council.

In 2017, the Market’s increasing influence in the world of art and design will enjoy the endorsement of the world’s foremost trend forecaster and prominent design educator, Li Edelkoort, who will serve as the Market’s honorary chair. Founding Dean of Hybrid Studies at Parsons: Fashion Art and Design School in New York, Edelkoort brings decades of commitment to culture-driven creativity to her role. She will speak during Market week to VIPs and Market artists about the vital role that artisanal wisdom and folk roots play in the global creative economy.


For three days each July, the world is at home in Santa Fe as folk artists and folk art lovers unite in ideals of community sustainability, empowerment, and well-being. The impact is especially great for disenfranchised women and artists from developing countries, where artisan work is second only to agriculture and daily income averages less than $3.10 per day. Every folk art purchase at the Market—90 percent of which goes home with individual artists, family enterprises, or community cooperatives—is a catalyst for economic opportunity and positive social change.

Since 2004, more than 900 Market artists representing 95 countries have earned a combined $28 million. They have returned home to build schools, bridges, wells, and community centers, purchase milking cows and medical supplies, and fight political dislocation, gender inequity, and other forms of social and economic oppression. Their success has collectively impacted an estimated 1.1 million lives.

The Market encourages and empowers artists as entrepreneurs and community leaders not just during the Market but year-round. The Mentor to Market program offers multi-tiered training and education, from basic business and marketing skills, to intensive training partnerships with accomplished business mentors, to hands-on experience in the wholesale marketplace. The Market also spotlights successful examples of leadership and entrepreneurship with its Living Tradition and Community Impact awards.

International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is held in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico Foundation and the City of Santa Fe.


About the International Folk Art Market  |  Santa Fe

The International Folk Art Market  |  Santa Fe celebrates the humanity of the handmade and empowers communities through the opportunity to develop year-round income. 

  • Enjoy international food and music, artists demonstrations, and unique folk art from throughout the world.
  • In the past 14 years, artist sales have exceeded $28 million and impacted over one million lives in the communities they represent.
  • Artists take home 90% of their earnings, giving them the opportunity to serve as catalysts for positive social change in their communities by improving employment, healthcare, education, and well-being.

International Folk Art Market  |  Santa Fe fosters economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists and folk art worldwide and creates intercultural exchange opportunities that unite the peoples of the world. Each year over 20,000 visitors come to Museum Hill to experience the Market and celebrate folk art while enjoying international food and music.

Since 2004, International Folk Art Market  |  Santa Fe has hosted more than 900 artists from 95 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works by master folk artists. The Market offers folk artists a respected spot in the global marketplace to gather together and share their handmade traditions, and to create economic, social, and individual empowerment.

Every year, more than 2,000 community volunteers work to produce a Market that generates approximately $11 million in economic impact for the local economy. The Market’s annual success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art, the first U.S. city named to UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network.