IAIA Alumni

IAIA Alumni To empower and provide support by engaging alumni in the interest of sustaining and promoting the growth and development of the Institute of American Indian Arts.
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Mission: IAIA Alumni Mission Statement: To empower and provide support by engaging alumni in the interest of sustaining and promoting the growth and development of the Institute of American Indian Arts.

IAIA Alumni
10/31/2019
IAIA Alumni

IAIA Alumni

We are now accepting applications for the Alumni/Constituent Relations Manager.
Come work at the birthplace of contemporary Native American art!

2019 IAIA Alumni Luncheon at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).
10/15/2019

2019 IAIA Alumni Luncheon at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

Native American Contemporary Art Fellowship - Eiteljorg Museum
10/08/2019
Native American Contemporary Art Fellowship - Eiteljorg Museum

Native American Contemporary Art Fellowship - Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum’s nationally renowned Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has been integral to increasing awareness of and an appreciation for Native contemporary art.

09/27/2019
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Consider applying for this amazing program.

The IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program hosts artists for variable-length residencies taking place on the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the Academic year.

Promotional video recorded and edited by IAIA Cinematic Arts student Hillary Cagey (Lummi Nation). (Photographs that appear in video by Jason S. Ordaz)

We are now accepting applications for the Alumni/Constituent Relations Manager. Come work at the birthplace of contempor...
09/23/2019
Institute of American Indian&Alaska - Alumni and Constituent Relations Officer

We are now accepting applications for the Alumni/Constituent Relations Manager.
Come work at the birthplace of contemporary Native American art!

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Advancement, the incumbent is charged with the development and implementation of plans, strategies, and/or proposals to coordinate cultivation, recognition, and stewardship efforts designed to increase the active engage...

IAIA Alumni's cover photo
08/01/2019

IAIA Alumni's cover photo

In April, seventeen seniors from the Studio Arts and Museum Studies programs will present their senior projects in the I...
03/28/2019

In April, seventeen seniors from the Studio Arts and Museum Studies programs will present their senior projects in the IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition. In their final semester, the students work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students to develop their artistic practice and to create a thematically and conceptually-focused body of work.

In April, seventeen seniors from the Studio Arts and Museum Studies programs will present their senior projects in the IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition. In their final semester, the students work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students to develop their artistic practice and to create a thematically and conceptually-focused body of work. IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition represents the capstone of each students’ course of study as well as their academic experience at IAIA.

Exhibitions will be on display at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery, the Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology Building, the Library and Technological Center (LTC), the Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center, behind the Student Union Building, and in the Academic Building hallways. The IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition is open from April 19–May 18, 2019.

Free and open to the public—light dinner served during the opening reception on Friday, April 19, 2019, from 5:30–8 pm.

IAIA 2019 Spring Graduating Seniors:

ALI (Tohono O’odham Nations), Tess Atcitty (Navajo), Greg Ballenger (Navajo),
Lorenza Chavez-Marcais (Chicanx, Mescalero Apache Descent), Dason Coyote
Culver (Cherokee Descent), Charlie Cuny (Oglala Lakota), Derayna DeClay
(White Mountain Apache Tribe), Monique Duke, Maryelizabeth M. T. Harrison
(Diné), Chaz John (Winnebago, Mississippi Band Choctaw), Jennifer Juan
(Tohono O’odham Nations), Mia Olson (They/Them/Their) (Mvskoke Creek),
RB Pablo (Diné), Tina Sparks, Shundina Spencer (Diné, Apsaalooké, Colville),
Anangookwe Wolf (LAC Courte Oreilles Ojibwe), Hounsoun Youn (Korean)

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 2019

03/28/2019
StandUp4MMIW, Thursday, March 28, 2019

StandUp4MMIW, Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (MST). The IAIA Community and the IAIA Women’s Society are gathering together in the IAIA Dance Circle to show support for MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) victims and their families.

Important Note: The live stream camera is permanently affixed to the Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology Building and does not include audio as part of the stream.

IAIA Alumni are the foundation of IAIA. Alumni Relations and the Alumni Council invite alumni to be our dinner guests on...
03/25/2019

IAIA Alumni are the foundation of IAIA. Alumni Relations and the Alumni Council invite alumni to be our dinner guests on the second Friday in May. The IAIA Powwow will be held the following day, Saturday, May 11, so plan to come to Santa Fe for both events! (https://www.facebook.com/events/560709021102547/)

Please RSVP to Alumni Relations Manager Chee Brossy at [email protected] or (505) 424-5704.

IAIA Alumni at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) during the 2018 SWAIA Indian Market weekend, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) hosted its Spring 2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 14...
03/07/2019

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) hosted its Spring 2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 14, 2019, in the Performing Arts and Fitness Center Gym. Scholarship recipients, family, donors, staff, faculty, and invited guests attended a lunch catered by Bon Appétit to recognize scholarship recipients—totaling 379 students—$562,348 in awards.

IAIA would like to thank the donors, administration, faculty, and staff for making the Spring 2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon a success, and, congratulations to the Spring 2019 scholarship recipients!

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) hosted its Spring 2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 14, 2019, in the Performing Arts and Fitness Center Gym. Scholarship recipients, family, donors, staff, faculty, and invited guests attended a lunch catered by Bon Appétit to recognize scholarship recipients—totaling 379 students—$562,348 in awards.

IAIA would like to thank the donors, administration, faculty, and staff for making the Spring 2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon a success, and, congratulations to the Spring 2019 scholarship recipients!

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 2019

Check out this mini graphic novel on the Nizhoni Girls punk rock band written by Jason Asenap (Comanche) ’17, and illu...
02/11/2019
The making of a desert surf rock band

Check out this mini graphic novel on the Nizhoni Girls punk rock band written by Jason Asenap (Comanche) ’17, and illustrated by Shaun Beyale (Diné) ’14. This feature on the High Country News was edited by Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa) ’06.

Meet the Nizhóní Girls on the road to stardom.

Heidi Brandow (Native Hawaiian/Navajo) ’13 is featured in the current issue of THE Magazine as one of 12 New Mexico ar...
02/04/2019
12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now: Heidi Brandow

Heidi Brandow (Native Hawaiian/Navajo) ’13 is featured in the current issue of THE Magazine as one of 12 New Mexico artists to know now. The magazine writes, “Her work is personal and brings humor and strangeness to the foreground.” Heidi is also the Alumni Council President.

Adaptation, experimentation, and evolution are all crucial concepts within Heidi Brandow’s practice.

This second issue of the IAIA MFA Quarterly, to be published four times a year, highlights the publications and writing-...
01/15/2019
IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume II, January 2019 > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

This second issue of the IAIA MFA Quarterly, to be published four times a year, highlights the publications and writing-related news from our MFA community. Read more to find out how the IAIA MFA students and alumni are transforming the literary landscape.

This second issue of the IAIA MFA Quarterly, to be published four times a year, highlights the publications and writing-related news from our MFA community. Read more to find out how the IAIA MFA students and alumni are transforming the literary landscape.

The late painter Earl Biss (Crow) ’66 profiled in the Aspen Times Newspaper. A biography of Biss “Experiences with E...
01/10/2019
New biography and retrospective exhibition celebrate artist Earl Biss

The late painter Earl Biss (Crow) ’66 profiled in the Aspen Times Newspaper. A biography of Biss “Experiences with Earl Biss: The Spirit who Walks Among His People” has just been published by American Design Ltd.

When the famed Crow Nation painter and longtime Aspenite Earl Biss selected Lisa Gerstner as his authorized biographer in 1994, the groundbreaking artist and notorious local character unsurprisingly told

Dear IAIA Community, IAIA is accepting nominees for the honorary doctorate degree to be awarded during our May 2019 comm...
01/07/2019

Dear IAIA Community,

IAIA is accepting nominees for the honorary doctorate degree to be awarded during our May 2019 commencement ceremony. Any member of the IAIA community (Trustees, alumni, faculty members, staff, and students) may nominate an individual for the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by submitting the required materials to the Office of the President. The following criteria will be considered by the Nomination Committee and IAIA Board of Trustees in awarding the honorary doctorate:

–promoting American Indian/Alaska Native arts and cultures
–increasing understanding of American Indian/Alaska Native arts and cultures
–support and contributions to IAIA;
–notable accomplishments or scholarship in a field of American Indian/Alaska Native arts and cultures
–recognition for humanitarian work
–may be an IAIA alum or a former member of the IAIA Board of Trustees, faculty or staff
–IAIA attendance or formal association with the college is not required.
–honorary degrees are not awarded in absentia or posthumously.

Nomination packets must include a cover letter and the following:

–name of the person nominated
–biographical sketch and CV of the nominee – not to exceed 5 pages, including address, telephone/fax number, date and place of birth, education, employment, professional societies, honors, awards, community service and contributions to understanding and advancing contemporary American Indian/Alaska Native art and culture
–one-page summary highlighting the exceptional accomplishments and contribution(s) of the nominee.

Nominations must be received in the Office of the President by Tuesday, February 5, 2019. (Send nominations to [email protected].) The Honorary Doctorate Degree Nomination Committee will review nominees and submit a recommendation to the Trustees for consideration at their February Board meeting. This year the honorary doctorate recipient also will deliver the keynote address for the 2019 commencement ceremony.

Happy New Year,
Dr. Martin

01/06/2019
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) reading during the IAIA Winter Readers Gathering on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Visit https://iaia.edu/iaia-winter-readers-gathering/ to see the full list of readers (January 5–12, 2019).

Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) reading during the IAIA Winter Readers Gathering on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Visit https://iaia.edu/iaia-winter-readers-gathering/ to see the full list of readers (January 5–12, 2019). (View a higher quality version on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXYM0ZncFac)

Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) ’99 is interviewed below in Poet’s and Writer’s Magazine. His third book of poetry “Disso...
12/04/2018
Ten Questions for Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) ’99 is interviewed below in Poet’s and Writer’s Magazine. His third book of poetry “Dissolve” was published by Copper Canyon Press in late October. The book was listed as a Publisher’s Weekly Book of the Week. Bitsui also was recently awarded a Ucross Artists Residency in Wyoming for fall 2018.

“I move between language, history, and worldviews—it’s always place between that gives me the most insight into my creative process.” —Sherwin Bitsui, author of Dissolve

Tommy Orange’s (Cheyenne) ’16 novel “There There” is on the New York Times editors’ list for the 10 best books...
12/01/2018
The 10 Best Books of 2018

Tommy Orange’s (Cheyenne) ’16 novel “There There” is on the New York Times editors’ list for the 10 best books of 2018.

The editors of The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.

The Santa Fe Art Institute will hold an opening for its Story Maps Fellowship Exhibition on November 30 at the SFAI camp...
11/30/2018
Story Maps Fellowship ExhibitionSanta Fe Art Institute

The Santa Fe Art Institute will hold an opening for its Story Maps Fellowship Exhibition on November 30 at the SFAI campus in Santa Fe. Alumni Heidi Brandow (Native Hawaiian/Navajo) ’13 and Terran Last Gun (Piikani) ’16 are featured fellows, an Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) ’11 is a featured mentor. The fellows have been working with city departments over the last 10 months on their respective community art projects.

The 2018 Story Maps Fellows have been working with the following four city departments over and mentors over the last 10 months to develop their individual community projects. The culmination of these works will be exhibited at SFAI November 30—December 21, with an opening on November 30 from 5pm ...

Lorraine Gala Lewis (Laguna Pueblo/Taos/Hopi) ’83 is featured in an exhibition “Ancient Inspirations” at Washingto...
11/19/2018
The Art of ‘Survivance’

Lorraine Gala Lewis (Laguna Pueblo/Taos/Hopi) ’83 is featured in an exhibition “Ancient Inspirations” at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

“Correcting our historical narrative and methods of storytelling to be more inclusive — and therefore more accurate — can have a massive influence on the aspirations and lives of young people and t…

Congratulations to IAIA Student Hailey Suina (Cochiti Pueblo) who will be attending Auckland University of Technology in...
10/31/2018

Congratulations to IAIA Student Hailey Suina (Cochiti Pueblo) who will be attending Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Click through to read the story on the Santa Fe New Mexican website. (Thank you to The Santa Fe New Mexican and Robert Nott!)

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/santa-fe-student-wins-award-to-study-in-new-zealand/article_1a9add76-5208-56d3-8673-761f21ad2620.html

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 2018

Congratulations to IAIA Student Hailey Suina (Cochiti Pueblo) who will be attending Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Click through to read the story on the Santa Fe New Mexican website. (Thank you to The Santa Fe New Mexican and Robert Nott!)

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/santa-fe-student-wins-award-to-study-in-new-zealand/article_1a9add76-5208-56d3-8673-761f21ad2620.html

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
10/04/2018
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

Each year, the Evergreen State College's Longhouse issues a call for grant proposals for Native artists living in Washington and Oregon. As of 2018, the Longhouse also accepts grant proposals from Native artists living in Idaho and Montana. The due date for consideration for the grant is October 10, 2018. Selected artists will be notified by December 14, 2018.

Applicants must be American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian residing in Washington,Oregon, Idaho or Montana.
#nativeart #artfunding #alaskanative #nativehawaiian #nativeamerican #indigenousart

http://www.evergreen.edu/longhouse/grantprograms

IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction—A night to remember and celebrate with the Institute of American Indian Art...
08/22/2018

IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction—A night to remember and celebrate with the Institute of American Indian Arts where over $330,000 was raised to support student success. Proceeds from the event shattered previous years’ records, and there was overwhelming support from IAIA Alumni. Thank you for your support and generosity!

More photographs and information will be posted of the event in the coming days.

IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction—A night to remember and celebrate with the Institute of American Indian Arts where over $330,000 was raised to support student success. Proceeds from the event shattered previous years’ records, and there was overwhelming support from IAIA Alumni. Thank you for your support and generosity!

More photographs and information will be posted of the event in the coming days.

Did You Know?

80% of our students are in need of financial assistance to stay enrolled in their chosen academic programs. This event helps support our next generation of students, enabling them to achieve their dream of a college education. Join us in helping our students graduate debt-free—maybe the greatest gift of a lifetime!

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 2018

IAIA Class of 1995.
08/08/2018

IAIA Class of 1995.

New IAIA Alumni Profile—Tash Terry (Navajo) ’91 (https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/alumni/alumni-profiles/). “Now I co...
07/03/2018

New IAIA Alumni Profile—Tash Terry (Navajo) ’91 (https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/alumni/alumni-profiles/). “Now I come from a place of love when I sing my songs and speak out. Not a place of hate. That is the way I apply the Diné Hozhó ideals, how I try to ‘walk in beauty.’”—Tash Terry

New IAIA Alumni Profile—Tash Terry (Navajo) ’91 (https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/alumni/alumni-profiles/). “Now I come from a place of love when I sing my songs and speak out. Not a place of hate. That is the way I apply the Diné Hozhó ideals, how I try to ‘walk in beauty.’”—Tash Terry

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