Northern Plains Indian Art Market this weekend

SIOUX FALLS - The 31st Annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market (NPIAM) will take place in Sioux Falls this weekend, starting with juror’s forums on Thursday, September 27, and continuing until Sunday, September 30.

The Best of Show art preview and reception will be held on Friday, September 28, at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, and the art market will take place on Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls.

NPIAM was established in 1988 by American Indian Services, Inc., of Sioux Falls, as the Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show (NPTA). American Indian Services produced the juried art show and market from 1988 to 2003. Since 2004, Sinte Gleska University has sponsored and produced the event.

Originally conceived as an economic development project – a market place where Native American artists could sell their artwork – the show has become a national staple in showcasing American Indian art of the Northern Plains. It is rated as one of the Top Ten Indian Art Markets in the country by Native Peoples Magazine.

NPIAM has been guided over the years by a volunteer advisory committee comprised of representatives from academia, the arts community, and the interested public. Once numbering over 20 and divided into sub-committees with responsibilities for advertising, volunteers, market organization, juried art show administration and reception, and artist selection, the committee now is made up of 11 people from across the state of South Dakota who have a commitment to the event. The event is staffed by committee members and Sinte Gleska University personnel, and is coordinated by senior staff from SGU.

Artists may enter work in the Traditional or Contemporary categories. The Traditional Categories include Traditional Beadwork, Contemporary Beadwork, Quillwork, Quilts, Textiles and Fabric, Handmade Dolls, Traditional Painting, and Mixed Media.

Contemporary Categories include Oil and Acrylic Paintings; Watercolor, Tempera, Gouache and Casein; Pencil, Charcoal, Ink, Crayon, Pastel, Chalk, and Scratch Board; Printmaking; Additive Sculpture; Subtractive Sculpture; Jewelry and Decorative Metalwork; Mixed Media; and Pottery. New this year in the Contemporary Categories are Digital and Computer Generated Art, Digitalized Photography, and Digitally Created Printed Work in 2D.

For more information, contact Sinte Gleska University at (605) 856-8100 or visit NPIAM’s website at

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