Though some might have been practicing art for most of their lives, this collection of emerging artists talk about what they expect during their first market experience. Come up and see them sometime (at their booth, that is).

Nanibaa Beck
32, Navajo, Booth #206

What you're looking forward to:

“I’ve heard discussions about IFAM, and I feel like it’s really distinct compared to other markets. It’s going to be a defining moment in the Native arts market, and I’m looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts and seeing new works.”

Your art in a word:

“Modern. My brother calls it culture-rrific .”

21, Crow, Booth #108
What you’re looking forward to:

“The exposure. I’m also looking forward to interacting with other [Native] artists and experiencing what IFAM has to offer.”

Your art in a word (or several):

“Native American impressionism.”

Derek No-Sun Brown
28, Shoshone, Booth #101

What you're looking forward to:

“I just graduated, and this is gonna be my first show, and I’m excited to see how people react. I’m looking forward to getting my name out there.”

Your art in a word:


31, Mohawk, Booth #352

What you’re looking

forward to: “Representing the Mohawk Nation and East Coast indigenous art and pottery out West. Also, I’m looking forward to the whole experience of the area with my family.”

Your art in a few words:

“Traditional and contemporary pottery, pipe-making, sculpture and art.” 

Zoe Marieh Urness
30, Tlingit, Booth #307

What you're looking forward to:

“I’ve just finished traveling Alaska, photographing Native villages there, and I’m just really excited to be in the show with this project.”

Your art in a sentence:

“Keeping tradition alive—subject, landscape and spirituality.”