2017 American Indian Art Show Rules of Participation


The Native American artist must be affiliated with a state or federally recognized tribe in the southwestern United States. This includes Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Utah, Southern Colorado, Colorado River, and Nevada. Native American artists of other tribal affiliations will be considered on a space-available basis. The artist must submit a copy of their CDIB or their tribal enrollment card. Please do not send originals. All artwork for sale must be made by the artist completing the application. ARTISTS NOT ADHERING TO THE RULES MAY BE REFUSED A SPACE ON ARRIVAL.

Booth Information

A maximum of 65 artist indoor 8’ x 8’ booth spaces are available filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Sharing a booth is allowed. You may bring your own tables, chairs and display materials. Each indoor booth space will be provided with one 3’ x 8’ table and two chairs. No displays can block another artist's booth. Artists must stay within the marked lines. Limited electricity hook ups are available.

Sales Tax

All Native American artists will be listed as agents of the Archaeology Center, a nonprofit organization.  As such, sales tax is not required to be collected on your sales.

Specific Artist Rules:

  • Artifacts and Ceremonial Objects - The sale or display of prehistoric or culturally sensitive artifacts or ceremonial objects is prohibited.
  • Baskets - All baskets must be hand-worked of natural fibers. Vegetal, mineral, and other natural dyes are encouraged. Attached materials are acceptable but must be properly identified and must comply with the same standards as those for jewelry. Traditional wire baskets are acceptable. Inclusion of wire as warp in natural fiber baskets must be noted.
  • Carvings/Sculpture - Carvings/Sculpture must use natural or traditional tribal materials.
  • Tribal Arts (Beadwork, Quillwork, Leatherwork, Drums, Flutes, Etc.) - Plastic beads, commercially-tanned hide and commercial pigments must be noted.
  • Dolls - Display or sale of dolls of tribes other than of the artist’s own culture is prohibited.
  • Jewelry - Only handmade jewelry may be sold. Natural turquoise does not need special labeling. Stabilized turquoise must be properly labeled. No block (turquoise/epoxy resins and dye), fake turquoise, plastic, imitation stones, reconstituted stones, simulated or synthetic opal, machine-made components, or purchased cast blanks can be used. Cast jewelry editions of 50 or more pieces or open-ended editions will be considered mass-produced and ineligible for sale. Non-American Indian-made heishi or fetishes are not allowed. No machine-made liquid silver or plated metals except in the case of findings. Jewelry components that are centrifugal-cast and then completed are not allowed.
  • 2 Dimensional Art (Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Prints, & Photography) - Paintings, drawings and graphics must be matted, framed, or shrink-wrapped. Paintings on canvas should be framed or their edges finished. Method of reproduction for prints and photographs must be clearly labeled and images must be the artist’s original work. Giclee, Iris or digital photo reproduction are acceptable.
  • Pottery - Contemporary pottery forms are accepted. Commercial pottery, slip molds, or green ware are not acceptable. Kiln-fired pots and pots made or decorated with commercial materials must be properly identified.
  • Textiles & Weaving - Rugs, blankets, purses, and belts must be handmade, using traditional hand tools, looms and techniques. Natural fibers, yarns, and dyes are preferred. Both traditional and innovative (contemporary) designs are acceptable. Sewing machine work is acceptable. No commercially-made clothing, liquid embroidery, or products made from commercial kits or patterns are allowed.


The best security for your art is you. Please keep a watchful eye over your artwork. Although the Community Center is locked and patrolled after hours, artwork left in the facility after hours is done at your own risk. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center, the Town of Camp Verde, its agents, employees, or volunteers are not responsible for loss, damage, vandalism, casualty, injury or theft.