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.”
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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.

02/04/2020
IAIA Campus (Live)

A live video view of the IAIA Campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Note: this live view does not include audio.)

This fifth issue of the IAIA MFACW Quarterly, to be published four times a year, highlights the publications and writing...
01/22/2020
IAIA MFACW Quarterly, Volume V, January 2020 > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

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

This fifth 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.

Important Notice: Due to inclement weather, IAIA will be closed on Friday, January 17.
01/17/2020

Important Notice: Due to inclement weather, IAIA will be closed on Friday, January 17.

Due to inclement weather, IAIA closes at 1 pm, Thursday, January 16.
01/16/2020

Due to inclement weather, IAIA closes at 1 pm, Thursday, January 16.

Institute of American Indian Arts’ MFA in Creative Writing (Winter Residency group photograph), January 10, 2020.Low Res...
01/10/2020

Institute of American Indian Arts’ MFA in Creative Writing (Winter Residency group photograph), January 10, 2020.

Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing—A Creative Community Grounded in Indigenous Values

The Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression for over 50 years. The IAIA MFA in Creative Writing is expanding on this legacy, graduating successful writers who are making distinct contributions to the body of Native American and world literatures.

Our MFA program is unique among low-residency MFA programs in Creative Writing, as we emphasize the importance of Native writers offering voice to the Native experience. The program and the literature we read carries a distinct Native American and First Nations emphasis.

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts, 2020

School for Advanced Research
01/03/2020

School for Advanced Research

DEADLINE APPROACHING! CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

SAR’s Native Artist Fellowships provide an opportunity for artists to explore, advance, and strengthen their work in a supportive environment. Each fellowship includes a monthly stipend, housing, studio space, a supplies allowance, full access to the IARC collections, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR.

Applications are due January 15th, 2020! http://artists.sarweb.org/

May peace be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year.—The President, Faculty, and Staff“Our Hands,” T...
12/25/2019

May peace be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year.
—The President, Faculty, and Staff

“Our Hands,” T’cha-Mi’iko (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho) ’20. Photograph by Eric Wimmer, 2019. This art is in support for the protection and prevention of abuse against women and it is based on the Red Shawl Solidarity Project and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus will be closed during the holidays from Dec. 23–Jan. 1, however, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be open. Visit https://iaia.edu/about/2019-2020-holiday-greeting-and-schedule/ to view the holiday schedule.

2020 Vision Maker Media Short Film Production Fellowship | Vision Maker Media
12/19/2019
2020 Vision Maker Media Short Film Production Fellowship | Vision Maker Media

2020 Vision Maker Media Short Film Production Fellowship | Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media (VMM) invites proposals for fiction and non-fiction shorts by and about American Indians and Alaska Natives for production funding of $25,000. Selected Fellows will have access to tools, training, mentorship and communal support for becoming a successful filmmaker. Topics include....

12/18/2019
Jona and the Jetts (live at Black Box Theatre)

Performance of Jona and the Jetts in the IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Center Black Box.

Jona and the Jetts perform songs from the album "Simple Mind" written and produced by Jona Ixo at the Black Box Theatre in Santa Fe, NM at the Institute of A...

From our friends at SWAIA—Executive Director search extended.
12/17/2019
SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian Market

From our friends at SWAIA—Executive Director search extended.

Please help spread the word! New closing date is January 24. Click below for more information and a full job description.

IAIA Students Participate in Indianer Inuit film festival in Germany
12/11/2019
IAIA Students Participate in Indianer Inuit film festival in Germany

IAIA Students Participate in Indianer Inuit film festival in Germany

Students and alumni from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) have been selected to participate in the Indianer Inuit: The North American Native Film Festival which takes place in Stuttgart,Read more ›

12/09/2019
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Finish up your holiday shopping at IAIA’s Annual Holiday Art Market. Purchase prints, paintings, pottery, jewelry, and more—there’s something for everyone on your list!

Finish up your holiday shopping at IAIA’s Annual Holiday Art Market. Purchase prints, paintings, pottery, jewelry, and more—there’s something for everyone on your list!

Our Academic Dean Charlene Teters
12/06/2019
In Whose Honor?

Our Academic Dean Charlene Teters

In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports

Santa Fe Arts Commission
12/05/2019

Santa Fe Arts Commission

CALL FOR ARTISTS! Deadline, Friday, January 17, 2020

“NEON & CHROME: The Visual Vocabulary of Historic Route 66”

New Mexico artists are invited to apply for inclusion in the Community Gallery’s SUMMER 2020 exhibit. All New Mexico artists interested in considering the myths, iconography, celebrity, history and eventual decay of America’s Main Street, Route 66, are encouraged to apply. “NEON & CHROME” will run from June through September 2020.

Artists working in all media (2D & 3D) are encouraged to submit an online portfolio here: https://form.jotform.com/93164001215140 . The deadline is 5 pm MST, Friday, January 17, 2020. For more information, please call 505-955-6707 or email [email protected].

The intent of this exhibit is to inspire artists to explore the myriad visual methods that sites and businesses along the Mother Road implemented to attract visitors and differentiate themselves from everyone else. Artists will be asked to consider the myths, iconography, celebrity, history and eventual decay of America’s Main Street.

Artists will be asked to consider:

How did the automobile change tourism and exploration of the West?

What are examples of iconic Route 66 visual cues? Signage? Architecture? Graphic design?

What are some of the Route 66 sites in New Mexico?

Due to inclement weather, IAIA is opening at 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 26.
11/26/2019

Due to inclement weather, IAIA is opening at 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 26.

IAIA is now accepting applications for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program!The IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R)...
11/22/2019

IAIA is now accepting applications for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) 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.

Each 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 Spring 2020 Residencies has been extended through midnight on Sunday, December 1, 2019 (Mountain Time).

For more information, visit iaia.edu/artist-in-residence

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a collection of Indigenous Short Films from the Sundance Film Festival! Fo...
11/22/2019
Indigenous Program

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a collection of Indigenous Short Films from the Sundance Film Festival!

For more information, visit the link below.

11/22/2019
LOOM Indigenous

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2019 LOOM Gallery Winter Show
The LOOM Gallery is honored to hold space with and for Indigenous and Indigenous Latinx communities in continuance to honor Indigenous knowledges, brilliance, and truth. Submission Deadline is on December 1, 2019. The Opening Reception will be held December 14, 2019 from 7:00 PM–9:00 PM.
For more information, please contact [email protected]

✨CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2019 LOOM Gallery Winter Show✨ /// Submission Deadline Dec 1 /// Opening Reception held Dec 14, 7–9pm /// LOOM Gallery is honored to hold space with and for our beloved Indigenous + Indigenous Latinx community in our continuance to honor Indigenous knowledges + brilliance + truth /// ✨Please contact us if you have any comments/questions/thoughts ✨ Email submissions to: [email protected]

Due to Inclement Weather, IAIA is Closing at 2:30 pm, Thursday, November 21.
11/21/2019
Live and Campus Weather > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Due to Inclement Weather, IAIA is Closing at 2:30 pm, Thursday, November 21.

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11/07/2019
“Thirteen”, the IAIA 2019 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition, opens November 14 through December 10. Seniors came togethe...
11/04/2019

“Thirteen”, the IAIA 2019 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition, opens November 14 through December 10. Seniors came together through their individualized voices to speak on present states of acknowledgment, with-in-ness, and cultural concerns. Thirteen, is a culmination of the students’ final semester, where they worked closely with advisors, faculty, staff, and colleagues to create and articulate their conceptually driven body of work. Reception on Thursday, November 14, from 6–8 pm—light dinner and refreshments served. Exhibition on view November 14–December 10, 2019. Austin L. Big Crow Jr. (Oglala Lakota), Misty Blakesley, Scarlett Cortez, Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota), Fransisco Fraire Jr. (Pascua Yaqui Tribe), Jacob Thomas Frye (Tesuque Pueblo) Megan Kachiroubas, Makaye Lewis (Tohono O‘odham), Jordan N. McKinney (Kickapoo), Eve Picher (not pictured in group photograph), Pamala J. Martinez-Henderson (Diné), Robyn J. Tsinnajinnie (Diné), Brian A. Walker II (Deg Hit’an Athabascan and King Island Inupiaq). Photographs by Jason S. Ordaz, IAIA, 2019.

“Thirteen”, the IAIA 2019 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition, opens November 14 through December 10. Seniors came together through their individualized voices to speak on present states of acknowledgment, with-in-ness, and cultural concerns. Thirteen, is a culmination of the students’ final semester, where they worked closely with advisors, faculty, staff, and colleagues to create and articulate their conceptually driven body of work. Reception on Thursday, November 14, from 6–8 pm—light dinner and refreshments served. Exhibition on view November 14–December 10, 2019. Austin L. Big Crow Jr. (Oglala Lakota), Misty Blakesley, Scarlett Cortez, Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota), Fransisco Fraire Jr. (Pascua Yaqui Tribe), Jacob Thomas Frye (Tesuque Pueblo) Megan Kachiroubas, Makaye Lewis (Tohono O‘odham), Jordan N. McKinney (Kickapoo), Eve Picher (not pictured in group photograph), Pamala J. Martinez-Henderson (Diné), Robyn J. Tsinnajinnie (Diné), Brian A. Walker II (Deg Hit’an Athabascan and King Island Inupiaq). Photographs by Jason S. Ordaz, IAIA, 2019.

Native American Heritage Month Trivia Contest
11/01/2019
Native American Heritage Month Trivia Contest

Native American Heritage Month Trivia Contest

Each weekday during the month of November (except on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29), Tribal College Journal will post one Native American history trivia question below.Read more ›

If you’ve never been out to visit our campus, you’re missing spectacular art and beautiful views. (And yes, the skies in...
10/23/2019

If you’ve never been out to visit our campus, you’re missing spectacular art and beautiful views.

(And yes, the skies in New Mexico are really this blue!)

Visit Balzer Gallery while on Campus!
10/23/2019

Visit Balzer Gallery while on Campus!

Student poetry and MFA readings are happening in the Library, as well as a book sale.  (There’s a large selection of fre...
10/23/2019

Student poetry and MFA readings are happening in the Library, as well as a book sale.

(There’s a large selection of free books too!)

10/23/2019

The Campus Bookstore has all the IAIA gear you need and more!

Student films are playing in the Auditorium.
10/23/2019

Student films are playing in the Auditorium.

The gardens and just one of the magnificent views from the IAIA campus.
10/23/2019

The gardens and just one of the magnificent views from the IAIA campus.

We’re demonstrating bronze and silver pours.  Check out Our Stories for video.
10/23/2019

We’re demonstrating bronze and silver pours. Check out Our Stories for video.

10/23/2019

IAIA has the world’s only articulating digital dome.

10/23/2019

Jewelry artists at work!

Beautiful finished works of art and art-in-the-making in the ceramics studio.
10/23/2019

Beautiful finished works of art and art-in-the-making in the ceramics studio.

Artists in Residence Tom Jones and Cougar Vigil.  You can see their art as well as talk to them about what motivates the...
10/23/2019

Artists in Residence Tom Jones and Cougar Vigil. You can see their art as well as talk to them about what motivates their work! Located in the Studio Arts Building.

In the Printmaking Studio you can see the entire process. Head to the Academic Building and follow the signs to the Prin...
10/23/2019

In the Printmaking Studio you can see the entire process. Head to the Academic Building and follow the signs to the Printmaking studio.

Happening now.....  Open house at IAIA!  See the previous post for the list of events and stay tuned for more pictures.A...
10/23/2019

Happening now..... Open house at IAIA! See the previous post for the list of events and stay tuned for more pictures.

Also check out our Facebook stories!

IAIA is now accepting applications for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program!The IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R)...
10/16/2019
Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

IAIA is now accepting applications for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) 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.

Each 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 Fall 2019 Residencies is Midnight on Monday, November 18, 2019 (Mountain Time).

For more information, visit iaia.edu/artist-in-residence

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

Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation) holds a degree in Graphic Design, a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and MFA in Jewelry/Metal...
10/09/2019

Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation) holds a degree in Graphic Design, a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and MFA in Jewelry/Metals from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin as well as a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
As a jeweler, she explores the making and revitalization of jewelry done by tribes of the Upper Midwest by utilizing designs that are regionally specific to the Great lakes region. Her techniques range from fabrication by hand with a jeweler’s saw and torch, to the modern use of computer CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and 3D printing for investment casting. Her use of technology is a means of countering the stereotypes of what is ascribed to be Native American made and/or art. “Just as my ancestors acquired and used the most trending supplies of the era—such as glass beads, metal, silk and cotton fabrics—I, too, am using the most current tools to adorn myself,” said Webster.

Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation) holds a degree in Graphic Design, a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and MFA in Jewelry/Metals from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin as well as a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
As a jeweler, she explores the making and revitalization of jewelry done by tribes of the Upper Midwest by utilizing designs that are regionally specific to the Great lakes region. Her techniques range from fabrication by hand with a jeweler’s saw and torch, to the modern use of computer CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and 3D printing for investment casting. Her use of technology is a means of countering the stereotypes of what is ascribed to be Native American made and/or art. “Just as my ancestors acquired and used the most trending supplies of the era—such as glass beads, metal, silk and cotton fabrics—I, too, am using the most current tools to adorn myself,” said Webster.

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.

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Sharing this here because we know many of you come from a distance for school at IAIA and we wanted to let you know we offer free care if your Indigenous or tribally enrolled Native American. Our Easy Access clinic is located in Santa Fe, NM. We also offer traditional medicine every other Wednesday's with our Healer. Our programs and care are grant funded because we know it can be challenging to access IHS services if you live out of your service area. Don't hesitate to reach out for care.
Opportunity for artists to work at the Chaco Culture National Historic Park the NPS artist-in-residence program. Deadline: November 1 and November 15, 2019
Janice E Irwin passed away yeasterday morning. She attended IAIA early 70s. A long time resident of Santa Fe. Memorial will be held Memorial weekend 2020 in Peach Springs AZ. Remembered as soft spoken, kind and a amazing artist. Loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, siblings and many extended family and friends.
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Thank you for making my book available via your library:
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear, beloved Chuck Dailey. Mr. D., you touched us all with your kindness and amazing talent for teaching even the most distracted of us. Words cannot express how much we owe you. All we can do is to live up to your expectations of us - as lofty as those expectations were.
Film makers...
The Field Museum in Chicago has a job opening for an Exhibition Designer! Would be great to have a Native person in that position!
I’m so grateful that we have IAIA Here in Santa Fe. Even though I’m not a student there it’s Had a huge impact on my life and the lives of my friends