Material, Salt Lake City’s newest contemporary art gallery, will host a one-night art exhibition and sale to help raise awareness and funds for Utah Indigenous Fashion Week (UIFW) ‘24. Now entering its second year, UIFW is dedicated to celebrating contemporary Indigenous fashion within Utah while providing a safe space for Indigenous designers to share their culture through fashion.
Jessica Wiarda, Utah Indigenous Fashion Week producer and studio artist at Material, is a Hopi/Tewa designer, muralist, and illustrator that created and launched the first entirely Indigenous Fashion Week in Utah last year during an artist residency at The Leonardo. The event featured 12 Indigenous designers, 20 Indigenous models, two Indigenous makeup artists and dressers, and work from Hopi, Navajo (Diné), Ute, Northern Ute, Apache, and Anishinaabe Ojibwe artists and creatives. Over 250 people attended last year’s widely successful event. This year’s Utah Indigenous Fashion Week will be held on April 6 at The Leonardo.
Wiarda says “Utah Indigenous Fashion Week was created for our community to learn from Indigenous perspectives on our own terms. We’re committed to growing UIFW to become an annual event that includes educational panels, recruitment of Indigenous designers and models in Salt Lake City and Utah reservations, partnerships with grassroots organizations, and paying participating designers, models, and artists fairly for their work.”
Material co-founder Jorge Rojas says “We’re excited to support this year’s Utah Indigenous Fashion Week! At Material, we’re committed to utilizing our space and platform to bring together artists in the community in support of causes that are deserving of more visibility, and in ways that benefit everyone involved.”
Artworks by 75 Utah artists will be for sale at prices ranging from $25.00-$900.00. A VIP Reception will be held from 5:30-6:30pm for first access to view and purchase artwork. VIP Reception tickets are $25 and available at eventbrite. A free Public Reception will be held from 6:30-9:00pm. From 7:00-8:00pm, attendees will be treated to Indigenous food tasting and a live performance.
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