Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning and outreach.”

For 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has played a leading role in the direction and shape of Native expression. As it has grown and evolved into an internationally acclaimed college, museum and Center for Lifelong Education, IAIA’s dedication to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures is matched only by its commitment to student achievement and the preservation and progress of the communities they represent.

Mission: Our vision is to be the premier educational institution for Native arts and cultures. As such, we dedicate ourselves, our curriculum, our facilities, and our energies to preparing our students for success and leadership which reflects Native cultures and values. We accomplish this through culturally-based programs that fulfill the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of our students. Through innovative teaching, critical inquiry and intergenerational learning, we offer the highest quality educational programs designed to instruct and inspire. As a 1994 land-grant institution, we provide training and outreach that promotes tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Above all, we are a national institute of excellence and an example of all that can be accomplished in furthering, supporting and nurturing contemporary Native arts through exhibitions, research, indigenous exchange, and other educational programs which build and sustain our core values. We believe in: Collaboration, Excellence, Creativity, Respect, and Integrity.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
07/12/2019

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Before or after you’ve been to the International Folk Art Market, please come by and see the next-to-the last weekend of our exhibit, “Art for a New Understanding: 1950 to Now”.⠀

This exhibition, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, aims to provide a new understanding of contemporary art by bringing Indigenous voices front and center. The artists come from different parts of what is now known as the United States and Canada and bring many distinctive perspectives, traditions, and contemporary experiences to their art -- sometimes reexamining history in the process.⠀

New Mexico residents receive free admission every Sunday; Native Americans and Veterans receive free admission every day.⠀

Shown: Fritz Scholder (Luiseno), Monster Indian, 1968. Oil on canvas. From the collection of Anne and Loren Kieve.

“I think the culture is bringing me into it with poetry—that it's part of me,” Harjo says in an interview with NPR...
06/19/2019
Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

“I think the culture is bringing me into it with poetry—that it's part of me,” Harjo says in an interview with NPR‘s Lynn Neary. “I don't think about it—and so it doesn't necessarily become a self-conscious thing—it‘s just there. When you grow up as a person in your culture, you have your culture and you‘re in it, but you're also in this American culture, and that's another layer.”

A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, the 68-year-old poet and musician says she bears "the honor on behalf of the people and my ancestors" and aims to serve as an "ambassador" of the art form.

The Edvocate recently published an article that includes IAIA as being one of the best colleges in New Mexico. (Reminder...
05/28/2019
2020 Best Colleges and Universities in New Mexico

The Edvocate recently published an article that includes IAIA as being one of the best colleges in New Mexico. (Reminder: IAIA is accepting applications through July 27. For more information, contact [email protected].)

Spread the loveAlthough there aren’t many four-year colleges and universities in New Mexico, this state has a reputation for quality scientific research, thanks to schools like the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. These two institutions of higher education are among the 20...

05/23/2019
Spirit Moves - An Indigenous Art Perspective

A short documentary film featuring IAIA Artist-in-Residence Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla Apache/Kiowa Apache) who was in residence February 15–March 15, 2019. The film was made by IAIA Cinematic Student Gary Medina Cook. “Painted Caves” song by Robert Mirabal.

A short documentary featuring internationally acclaimed artist/musician Darren Vigil Gray. Directed and Edited by Gary Medina Cook. Filmed at the Institute o...

Congratulations to all the IAIA Graduates!
05/19/2019

Congratulations to all the IAIA Graduates!

05/15/2019
2019 IAIA MFA Hooding Ceremony

Live stream of the MFA Hooding Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Live stream of the MFA Hooding Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

05/15/2019
Facebook Live Stream (Test 1)

Facebook Live Stream test in preparation for tonight’s broadcast of the MFA Hooding Ceremony at 5:30 pm (MST) (no audio signal present during this test)

This third issue of the IAIA MFA Quarterly, published four times a year, highlights the publications and writing-related...
04/16/2019
IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume III, April 2019 > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

This third issue of the IAIA MFA Quarterly, 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 third 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.

04/12/2019
CBC North

”It’s a lifelong dream for many fashion designers—to have their work grace the pages of Vogue magazine.”
—Tania Larsson (Gwich’in/Swedish) ‘17

Watch the video and click through to read the article.

Yellowknife designer Tania Larsson's jewellery hit the pages of British Vogue last week.

"My goal is to have Janelle Monáe wear my work," she said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.5089351

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. 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

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:

LI (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)

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

03/28/2019
StandUp4MMIW (1:30 pm–5:30 pm)

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.

03/28/2019
StandUp4MMIW 2019 (8:30 am–12:30 pm)

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.

New Book Available on the IAIA Store—“Art for a New Understanding,” an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Mus...
03/09/2019
Art for a New Understanding > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

New Book Available on the IAIA Store—“Art for a New Understanding,” an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and on view at MoCNA until July 19, 2019, seeks to radically expand and reposition the narrative of American art since 1950 by charting a history of the development of contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada, beginning when artists moved from more regionally-based conversations and practices to national and international contemporary art contexts.

Art for a New Understanding, an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and on view at MoCNA until July 19, 2019, seeks to radically expand and reposition the narrative of American art since 1950 by charting a history of the development of contemporary Indigenous art from the....

IAIA Student LaShawn Medicine Horn (Yankton Sioux), who is earning her BFA in Painting during the 2019 Commencement Cere...
03/08/2019

IAIA Student LaShawn Medicine Horn (Yankton Sioux), who is earning her BFA in Painting during the 2019 Commencement Ceremony in May. Her work is currently on exhibit at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). Photographs by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 2019. @ Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Scholarships were established by Santa Fe resident and novelist George R.R. M...
03/08/2019
George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Scholarships > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Scholarships were established by Santa Fe resident and novelist George R.R. Martin. The Cinematic Arts and Technology Scholarships (two tuition, one full attendance) were created based on the idea that Martin firmly believes in—“You can never pay back the people who helped you when you were starting out, so you have to pay it forward.” Deadline to apply is Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8 am (MST)

The George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Scholarships were established by Santa Fe resident and novelist George R.R. Martin.

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!

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), 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 A-i-R program provides opportunities for Native and First Nations artists to trave...
03/07/2019
Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The Institute of American Indian Arts A-i-R program provides opportunities for Native and First Nations artists to travel to the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a meaningful period of art-making and interaction with IAIA students, staff, and faculty, and the Santa Fe arts community. Applicants whose work engages with cultural traditions through materials, techniques, and subject matter are particularly encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the residencies is Midnight on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (Mountain Time).

Artist-in-Residence artists are selected from applications that were solicited from Native and First Nations artists from three distinct geographic regions.

IAIA Community—See you tomorrow, Thursday, February 14 (8:30 am–3:30 pm) during the annual Student Success Summit on...
02/13/2019
2019 IAIA Student Success Summit > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

IAIA Community—See you tomorrow, Thursday, February 14 (8:30 am–3:30 pm) during the annual Student Success Summit on campus. IAIA will present a live stream on Facebook during the Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Luncheon from 11:30 am–1 pm (MST). Click through for more details.

IAIA students, faculty, and staff will gather on Thursday, February 14, 2019 for IAIA’s 8th Annual Student Success Summit. This year’s topic is centered around Love and the day includes workshops, presentations, and activities—IAIA loves its students. IAIA is excited to welcome the keynote spe...

IAIA Trustee Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets’aii Gwich’in) is the Creative Producer for PBS Kids’ Molly of Denal...
02/05/2019
PBS KIDS Announces MOLLY OF DENALI, Premiering July 15, 2019

IAIA Trustee Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets’aii Gwich’in) is the Creative Producer for PBS Kids’ Molly of Denali. The show premieres on July 15, 2019.

“I’m thrilled that Alaska Native children will get to see themselves and our vibrant cultures represented in Molly of Denali,” said Princess Daazhraii Johnson, Creative Producer of the series. “Equally important is having a positive representation of Alaska Native culture shared with a broader audience. The show also reinforces for children that no matter where they’re from or where they live, we are all much more alike than we are different.”

From Alaska to homes all across the U.S., MOLLY OF DENALI, a groundbreaking new PBS KIDS series, will premiere nationwide July 15, 2019.

IAIA Community—ASG is hosting a talk with Dyami Thomas (Ojibwe/Klamath) on Friday, January 25 from 3–4:30 pm in the ...
01/24/2019

IAIA Community—ASG is hosting a talk with Dyami Thomas (Ojibwe/Klamath) on Friday, January 25 from 3–4:30 pm in the Auditorium. See flier and contact [email protected] for more information.

On Saturday, January 26, at 10:30 am, please join Curator Dr. Mindy N. Besaw (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art), I...
01/24/2019
Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now—Curators + Coffee > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

On Saturday, January 26, at 10:30 am, please join Curator Dr. Mindy N. Besaw (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art), Independent Curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit, citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation), and Chief Curator Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man (IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts) for coffee and a dynamic discussion for MoCNA’s newest exhibition Art for a “New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now” organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The show features approximately 80 artworks from 1950 to today, including paintings, photography, video, textiles, sculptures, performance art, and more, created by Indigenous US and Canadian artists that bring a deeply informed international perspective on contemporary Native arts and narrative.

Please join Curators Dr. Mindy N. Besaw, Candice Hopkins, and Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man for coffee and a dynamic discussion about MoCNA’s newest exhibition Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now.

IAIA Students—Only five days remain to submit the Scholarship Application and Essay. The deadline is Monday, January 2...
01/23/2019
IAIA 2019 Spring Undergraduate Scholarship Application > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

IAIA Students—Only five days remain to submit the Scholarship Application and Essay. The deadline is Monday, January 28, at 8 am. If you want assistance with the application and essay, contact the Financial Aid office and visit the Learning Lab (see schedule on the web page).

IAIA was established in 1962 as a high school with an innovated approach to arts education. In 1984, IAIA gained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and North Central Association of College of Art and Design (NASAD) to offer college degrees. IAIA currently serves over 629 students....

There’s still time left to view Holly Wilson’s “On Turtle’s Back” and Darren Vigil Gray’s “Expanding Horiz...
01/18/2019
Exhibitions > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

There’s still time left to view Holly Wilson’s “On Turtle’s Back” and Darren Vigil Gray’s “Expanding Horizons”, and on Jan. 25 “Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now” opens at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists.

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