News from MIAC/Lab

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture seeks Executive Director

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) seeks an exceptional individual to fill the position of Executive Director. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, MIAC serves as a national focal point for the study, advancement, and preservation of 12,000+ years of Native American cultural heritage and hosts more 65,000 visitors annually. [Download PDF]

Position open until filled. Review of candidates to begin on March 25, 2022.

Celebrate MIAC’s 18th annual in-person Native Treasures Art Market this Memorial Day weekend

APRIL 12, 2022

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Join the in-person Native Treasures Art Market at the Santa Fe Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – 30, 2022. 

Each year, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) personally invites hundreds of Indigenous artists to participate in the annual art market. This year’s market will highlight a diverse array of Indigenous artists from across the Southwest, showcasing jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, fashion, beadwork, textiles and more. Participating artists keep 100% of their sales from the market. The market will also feature special entertainment including the Grammy Award winning band Black Eagle Singers (Jemez) and hoop dancers from the Lightning Boy Foundation. Entrance to the market is $5/day/adult. Children under 18 receive free admission.

A new Night Market on Saturday, May 28 will kick-off Native Treasures, providing a unique opportunity to shop early. The event will also feature the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture 2022 Living Treasure, Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo). MIAC’s annual Living Treasure designation honors Native artists who have made outstanding artistic contributions to the field of Indigenous arts and culture.

The MIAC Living Treasure Ceremony will take place from 5:00-6:00 p.m., honoring Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo) and Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo). Afterwards, two hundred artists will be selling their works from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. All of the ticket proceeds will support the exhibitions, educational programs, and acquisitions of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

Native Treasures began in 2005 as a means of concurrently supporting both the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Native artists in the Southwest.

To purchase tickets for the Art Market and Night Market, visit

About the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture  

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and our donors. The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest.  

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation supports the Museum of New Mexico system, focusing on fundraising for exhibitions and education programs, retail and licensing programs, financial management, advocacy and special initiatives. The Foundation was founded in 1962 by Thomas B. Catron III with the goal of providing private support for the four state museums in Santa Fe. The private, nonprofit Foundation has expanded to support eight historic sites statewide as well as the Office of Archaeological Studies and enjoys a robust private-public partnership with the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit