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INDIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS ASSOCIATION 2015 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REPORT
IACA Spring Market
The 2015 IACA Spring Market was quite a success for both Buyers and Sellers. Booths were
almost filled to capacity, and buyers were anxiously waiting to enter the hall before the
doors opened. The overall feedback from attendees was quite positive. Isleta Resort and
Casino continues to be a desirable venue for IACA. Not only is it Native owned, but they
provide excellent value and support.
IACA Fall Wholesale Market
The IACA Fall Wholesale market was also held at Isleta Resort and Casino. This was the
second Fall show held at Isleta after Members responded to a survey in 2013. In spite of the
survey results which indicated a strong desire for a Fall Wholesale Market in Albuquerque,
participation in both 2014 and 2015 was disappointing. As a result, your Board has decided
to suspend future Fall Markets due to lack of interest.
IACA Artist of the Year Program
In an effort to get more artists to participate in the Artist of the Year competition, the 2015
Artist of the Year Program was completely revamped. The top award was increased to
$3,000, the category awards were eliminated, and the entry requirements were loosened to
include all IACA Member Artists who opted to enter, regardless of their participation in the
Market and their length of membership.
The rational for these changes was that there was a substantial decline in entries in 2013
and 2014, and your Board wanted to encourage all IACA Member Artists to compete. As a
result, there were significantly more entries during last year’s competition. However, during
the annual meeting, the attending members objected to the loosened entry requirements.
Based on the suggestions made during that meeting, an entering Artist must be an IACA
member for a minimum of three months, and must be present enter the competition.
During 2015, the IACA office was effectively managed by two volunteers working one day
each week, and the off-site support of many other volunteers. The all-volunteer approach to
management of IACA continues to be a prudent way to manage the affairs of the association
for the time being. Additional volunteers will be needed in 2016 and beyond.
IACA membership includes people from all sectors of American Indian art interest, from the
artist through to the end consumer. During 2015, 23 new members were added to the
membership roster. We lost 53 members (net loss of 30) as the total market for American
Indian art shrinks.