Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to Hold Virtual Native Treasures Auction

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

June 08, 2020


The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation are pleased to announce a special online Native Treasures Auction from June 19 to 28, with registration to begin June 11.

Native Treasures is traditionally an in-person event held on Memorial Day weekend at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, however this year’s art market was canceled due to the current public health crisis.

The online auction will feature 150 art objects representing 50 Native artists. Items will include stunning hand-made jewelry, pottery, sculptures, two-dimensional art, fashion, carvings, basketry, bead-work, and textiles. 

Native Treasures supports Native American artists and their communities while also benefiting the exhibitions and education programs at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). Over the past 15 years, Native Treasures has generated approximately $5 million in support of MIAC. Proceeds from the auction will be split 50-50 between participating artists and the Museum. 

Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo) will serve as the MIAC Living Treasure artist for 2020-2021. While Wall began her artistic journey making storytellers, she knew all along in her heart that she would transcend the traditional art that she was taught. During her late teens, Wall’s works began to take on more figurative qualities. The artist contends that she was “a young girl in the midst of something I had a passion for.”

The museum will showcase Wall’s art in a MIAC Living Treasure exhibit over the next two years

For more information and to register to bid, please visit

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