Since 1974, the Indian Arts and
Crafts Association (IACA) has been instrumental in helping to promote,
preserve and protect American Indian arts and crafts.
IACA Circle of
IACA’s membership is
unique. It is comprised of individuals and businesses that
represent the entire Indian arts industry: artisans, retailers,
wholesalers, museums, governmental agencies, collectors,
suppliers and supporters.
IACA Symbol &
Code of Ethics
The IACA logo assures
buyers and collectors of purchasing with confidence. Only current members of the Association are
allowed to use it. As a member, each artist, retailer and
wholesaler agree to honestly and ethically represent their
merchandise and to abide by State and Federal laws.
IACA hosts markets for the industry and the public in order
to enhance the
image and marketing of authentic American Indian arts and
crafts. For more than thirty years, IACA wholesale markets have
brought together artists, retailers, wholesalers, and museums to the world’s largest trade show featuring American
Indian art from the United States and Canada. Buyers from around
the globe attend for the opportunity to purchase from our members. Retail markets connect the
general public with quality American Indian arts and artists and
offer educational programs to further their knowledge and
appreciation for the arts.
Artist of the
This juried competition also includes category awards
recognizing other top artists of the Association. During the
Spring Market, Artist Members compete for the prestigious IACA
Artist of the Year award. In addition to acknowledging creativity and
expertise, the Artist of the Year is promoted by IACA and its members
throughout the year. The honor includes financial benefits as
well as one year of extensive promotion.
The Year Criteria For Entries
Directory & Other Publications
The IACA Member Directory
lists all members by category and geographic location, making it
possible to find artists and businesses that specialize in
specific areas of Native American art. This directory is only listed
on the IACA website under Search Members. In addition, IACA has published a book on
collecting and educational product brochures for retailers and
the public. IACA also publishes a Journal for its members,
buyers guides for its markets and other informational articles
for the Industry.
IACA partners with the IACA Education Fund in a variety
of educational programs to foster an understanding of American Indian arts
and the cultures from which they are derived and to encourage an
appreciation of American Indian art. In addition, IACA/IACEF organizes
seminars and workshops to provide professional development and
business skills for artists. In addition, IACA works closely
with other related organizations to assist and offer its
expertise in American Indian Art and the business of art.
IACA offers its members the benefit of local and national
cooperative advertising opportunites, enabling many who would
not be able to afford without this benefit.
IACA serves as an active advocate
for the Native American artisans who produce handmade goods, and for
the industry as a whole. It supports and educates on the State, Federal and Tribal
laws which protect the artists, the public and the businesses against
fraudulent reproductions and misrepresented products. IACA assists in
setting standards and definitions and provides testimony about the
detrimental effects of misrepresentation on the industry.