The New Mexico Artisan Market (NMAM) was launched to expand and strengthen the creative economy of New Mexico by supporting and promoting, YOU, our local creative talent.
The first-ever New Mexico Artisan Market held over Thanksgiving weekend 2018 exceeded our expectations! We estimated an expected attendance of 3,000 guests for the inaugural market. Actual attendance was more than 6,000 attendees during the three days. Individual artisans reported sales from the market were nearly $750,000, and that attendance and sales greatly exceeded their expectations. 86% of artisans indicated they would be likely to participate in the event again.
The New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation (NMMCF) is pleased to announce a call for artisans to participate in the second New Mexico Artisan Market, a showcase of the state’s most talented artisans and makers.
The New Mexico Artisan Market will return to the Hotel Albuquerque Thanksgiving Weekend, November 29-December 1, 2019. NMMCF is excited to announce an additional market event will be held Valentine’s Day weekend, February 15-17, 2020, at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
Individual artisans reported that attendance and sales from the market greatly exceeded their expectations.
“Tucker Woodshop would like to personally thank Chris O’Donnell and the New Mexico Artisans Market for a tremendous outcome! Our company doubled the amount in sales compared to our previous best market ever! Dreams are coming true, and the unimaginable is actually happening! This market was exceptionally well planned from the earliest stages to the last minute finishing touches. The vendors were treated like royalty, and the customer base was top notch with a genuine appreciation for authentic, high quality, New Mexican artwork. Every detail was perfect, and extra steps were taken across the board. This market far surpassed any I have ever attended as both a vendor, and a customer, in my entire lifetime. If I ever hear that Chris O’Donnell is involved in hosting an event with vendors present, I will be turning in my application. He has raised the bar, and set a new example for other market events to follow.”
Call for Artisans
Last year, over 300 applications were juried for the market by a group of New Mexico tastemakers, talented and creative influencers throughout New Mexico’s various creative industries. The result was a showcase 100+ artisanal makers exceptional in their creative fields. Artisans participated from all four corners of the state with 29 New Mexico communities and pueblos represented.
Apply by May 31 for the 2019-2020 juried show. Jurying will end June 8, 2019.
- Applicant must be New Mexico resident
- Artisans must submit 3 quality photo examples of their work
- Artisans must submit 1 photo of display booth
- Artisans must submit 1 photo of themselves
- Artisans must submit bio, website and/or social media handles
- Applicants can submit up to 2 applications for different categories.
NOTE: Your work will be judged from your photographs. If selected, these photos will be used for your artisan introduction online and on social media and will also be used for event promotion. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Two Events – One Jury Fee
Our Santa Fe Market event will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center from Feb 15th-17th 2020. Please check “YES” on the application if you would like to be considered for both Albuquerque and Santa Fe events.
Artisans will be considered in contemporary and traditional styles and media in the following categories. Artisans may apply in no more than two categories.
- Textiles/Fiber (ie:Blankets, Baskets/Rug Weavings..)
- Home Goods (ie: Lighting, Kitchen, Living)
- Furniture + Case Goods
- Locally-made Specialty Foods/Beverage
- Bath + Body Products/Candles
- Leather Goods
- Metal Works
- Paper Products
- Musical Instruments
“I’m my opinion, everything was wonderful! The booth sit-ins for some of us that were alone, were great! They really helped! Everything flowed smoothly and I was honored to have been chosen! Looking forward to next years event(s)! Thank you!!”
Meet our Tastemakers
Our state doesn’t just have talented artisans, it’s also made up of some amazing influencers. Each an expert in their industry, they’ve helped us bring to you the best New Mexico has to offer across a variety of creative categories.
Kris Lajeskie is a globetrotting designer who has racked up accolades as “Best Interior Designer” from magazines across the country. She started her interior design business in 2002, initially based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has had design hubs as far reaching as Milan, NYC, and Rancho Santa Fe, California. She designs ultra-luxe and bespoke residential and specialty retail, creating cultural experiences through her interior design creations – most notably New Mexico’s premier luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Chaco. She has recently expanded her design domain to cultural jewelry and fashion, with her global brand World of Bohemia. Kris is deeply passionate about preserving culture and craft, with her focus and commitment on hand-made, natural materials, and small batch.
A Southwest native, Connors studied Art History and Architecture at Yale University. Previously he served as Senior Curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, ABQ and as Associate Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has curated dozens of exhibitions primarily in the areas of United States Latino Art, Colonial Art from Puerto Rico, contemporary art, and street art. Recently, Connors has been selected to be the director of Albuquerque Museum, leading it forward as one of the premier collecting museums in the Southwest.
Owner and operator of the popular Spur Line Supply Co. located in the Sawmill District of Albuquerque, Tess brings her expertise in merchandising and buying from her education at the acclaimed Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design in Los Angeles. Known for her initial start-up, Spectacle Caravan, a mobile boutique selling the best in local and artisanal products, her past work was also experienced at Anthropologie, The Grove Cafe and Market, and Betty’s Bath and Spa.
Berger is Chief Administrative Officer at well-known Native American trading post Palms Trading Company in downtown Albuquerque, and daughter of third generation owner Guy Berger. More recently, she has been named the Director of Inventory for Dakkya Gift Boutique at Hotel Chaco, The Eldorado Hotel, The Inn and Spa at Loretto, and El Monte Sagrado, drawing on her twelve years of direct experience within the Native American art industry.
Lewinger is a nationally followed fashion and lifestyle blogger here in Albuquerque. Through her blog, More Than Turquoise, she identifies for her readers the latest in Southwest fashion and lifestyle trends that are seasonal, affordable and offers something for everyone. Her followers are guided through an in-depth look at how to achieve a couture looking wardrobe, while making the most of a shopping budget that fits ones lifestyle with daily tips on beauty, health and wellness.
Susan Curtis + Nicole Ammerman
Curtis and Ammerman, together, operate the world renowned Santa Fe School of Cooking. Established in 1989, this home-grown success story is celebrating 30 years of hands on cooking classes and cultural culinary tours. Their love of New Mexico and it’s cultural cuisines drives their passion and creativity, showcasing local and international-hard-to-find produce and products in their shop, while hosting chief lead cooking demos out of their premier cooking school in historic downtown Santa Fe.
Designer of notable restaurant and hospitality experiences, such as Hotel Chaco, Eldorado Hotel, Tablao Flamenco and Santa Fe’s Casa España, Adriana explores her passion for interiors as she creates spaces that tell a story through the use of the old, the new, the textured, and the sophisticated. Her designs remain simple, with the use of strong elements showcased throughout. As a creative entrepreneur, she launched her studio Adriana Long Interiors, offering her design services to commercial and residential clients.
As the owner and publisher of Inside Santa Fe magazine, Ettenson wanted to create a new visitors’ guide that would bring the best of Santa Fe into one traveler-friendly publication, with chapters detailing Santa Fe’s history, art, shopping, wellness, properties, dining and activities. From a concept to a business in three months, his first issue rolled off the press April 2000. His goal is to give visitors the opportunity to take a look inside Santa Fe and have the best travel experience possible, all utilizing his publication’s various media outlets.
Bradley is a third generation native New Mexican and understands the struggles and rewards that come with being an artist, small business, and local start-up. Through these personal experiences, she has come to see new opportunities in New Mexico’s current economic climate. This lead her to launch her latest endeavor, SmartSpider, New Mexico’s only online directory of professional consultants aimed at helping local entrepreneurs. She continues to be an avid supporter for the arts and helping small businesses grow.
Raised in the home of a prominent family in Mexico City, Patricia spent all of her career as a diplomat, working for the Mexican Foreign Service, mostly in major European capitals. Her experience in cultural affairs spans three decades and four European countries. She served as the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque, where she was appointed Consul for Political, Commercial and Cultural Affairs, until 2014. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, and is an avid supporter of the arts.
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NEW MEXICO MULTI-CULTURAL FOUNDATION