SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nonprofit behind the nearly century-old Santa Fe Indian Market has appointed a new executive director.

A spokeswoman for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts says Ira Wilson will take the helm of the organization, replacing Dallin Maybee.

Maybee, an artist and attorney, announced recently that he was stepping down from the position.

The annual Santa Fe Indian Market in August has been touted as one of the nation's most prestigious art markets.

Each August, it draws about 1,000 jewelers, potters and other artists, as well as roughly 150,000 people, to downtown Santa Fe.

The juried art market on the city plaza lasts two days.

Wilson, who is Navajo, joins the organization after 26 years with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.