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.
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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.

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02/19/2021
IAIA Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts Open House

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts is getting much attention—and folks want to know more. This video is from an Open House on February 19 intended to provide an overview of the program and answer questions. (Note that the technical difficulties are fixed quickly.)

Have you ever watched a bronze pour?  The Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building on our 140 acre campus con...
02/19/2021

Have you ever watched a bronze pour?

The Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building on our 140 acre campus contains high quality equipment to enhance woodworking, welding, forging, casting, ceramics, and large scale metal, stone and glass sculpture.

The link below will take you to the bronze pour from our Virtual Open House.
https://vimeo.com/showcase/7808265/video/481072533

We are pleased to announce that the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society has designated IAIA with "Notable" as a Cha...
02/18/2021
Alpha Chi National College Honor Society

We are pleased to announce that the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society has designated IAIA with "Notable" as a Chapter Status for the 2019-2020 academic year.

"This award recognizes your institution's important role in Alpha Chi and its support for the ideals of the society. Despite the stresses and challenges of last year, you made sure that multiple benchmarks of exemplary chapter health were met and executed. Clearly your leadership of Alpha Chi affects not only your individual student members but also your campus academic community for the better." -- Lara Q. Noah, Executive Director, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

#AXSpotlights the New Mexico Gamma chapter of Alpha Chi at Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA):

“The IAIA chapter of Alpha Chi has been rewarding in the sense that I have had the opportunity
to meet a beautiful and eclectic community of scholars, humanitarians, and activists. My association with Alpha Chi has increased my motivation for creating good relations for the benefit of our planet.”

Lorenza Marcais (Chicanx/Mescalero Apache descent)
2018 Alpha Chi President

https://iaia.edu/student-success-center/alpha-chi/
#scholar #squadgoals #win #americanindian #american #honor #nativeamerican #spotlight #success #college #university

Today we honor the life and legacy of Christine Nofchissey McHorse (Diné), who passed yesterday due to Covid-19.A renown...
02/18/2021

Today we honor the life and legacy of Christine Nofchissey McHorse (Diné), who passed yesterday due to Covid-19.

A renowned sculptor and potter, McHorse was born in 1948 in Morenci, Arizona, and lived and worked in Santa Fe. She received her formal education at the IAIA, where she studied between 1963 and 1968. McHorse received numerous awards during her lifetime and has the unique distinction of winning Best in Show for both pottery and sculpture at the annual SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market.

Her show "Dark Light" at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in 2015 was her first solo traveling exhibition.

"It’s a very sad day. We all love Christine at MoCNA and we loved working with her. She was a kind, gentle person and an exceptional artist," stated MoCNA Director Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation).

Photos from "Dark Light: The Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse" shown at MoCNA in 2015.

News articles from her exhibition:
https://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/at-the-top-of-her-game-christine-nofchissey-mchorse/article_592c94c6-4ea8-5ab9-a96e-de1ef26aecdb.html

https://www.abqjournal.com/527057/everevolving.html
(Note: there may be a pay-wall for these articles.)

Reminder that on Friday at 3:00 p.m. we are having an Online Open House for our new Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts! Jo...
02/17/2021
Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Reminder that on Friday at 3:00 p.m. we are having an Online Open House for our new Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts!

Join Dr. Mario A. Caro, the Program Director, and other faculty members, as they discuss the program. They will also be answering questions after their presentation.

Friday, February 19, at 3:00 pm (MST) to provide an overview of the program and answer any questions you may have.

Please join us by registering at https://iaia.wufoo.com/forms/m1hmdkvi1y39zu0/
You will receive a link to the presentation before the event.

In the meantime, please take a look at https://iaia.edu/explore-programs/studio-arts-mfa/ for an overview of the program and follow IAIA MFA in Studio Arts on Facebook.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression for over 50 years. Now in its 6th year, IAIA’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing provides a degree emphasizing in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or screenwriting with award...

Such a beautiful picture of IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts!
02/17/2021

Such a beautiful picture of IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts!

Love that winter glow.
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“Bambi Makes Some Extra Bucks Modeling at the Studio” is part of our premier Permanent Collection of Contemporary Native...
02/17/2021

“Bambi Makes Some Extra Bucks Modeling at the Studio” is part of our premier Permanent Collection of Contemporary Native Art. IAIA Alumna America Meredith (Cherokee) painted it during her time in Graduate School at the San Francisco Art Institute.

As Meredith states in a January 2014 article in New Mexico Magazine, titled "Over The Wall":

"My Bambi painting was not just another piece of Bambi Art, but rather a comment on (Dorothy) Dunn’s influence and the art world’s (critics’, mostly) ignorance about the deer’s important cultural and symbolic meaning. In Huichol cosmology, the blue deer, named Tamatsi Maxayuawi, is the elder brother of humans. Huichol religion influenced that of northern tribes through peyote religion and the Native American Church, to which many of these Flatstyle artists belonged. Non-Native art writers belittled the blue deer and so-called Bambi Art in the late 20th century, oblivious that the blue deer was very significant to Native peoples. Dismissing Bambi Art as a mere stylistic choice was like dismissing a culture’s belief system.”

America Meredith is the Editor and Publisher of First American Art Magazine.

A portion of our 9,000 piece Permanent Collection is available online to view: https://iaia.edu/mocna/mocna-collection/

Did you know we have a livestream feed of our Dance Circle on our website?You can check the weather and take a live look...
02/16/2021

Did you know we have a livestream feed of our Dance Circle on our website?

You can check the weather and take a live look at just a portion of our stunning 140-acre campus in Santa Fe.

Picture a campus as a work of art—architecturally-significant contemporary buildings, state-of-the-art studios and facilities, and majestic surroundings. A center for art in a city of art. That's IAIA.

https://iaia.edu/about/live/

Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) worked with Dr. George Boyce and others to found the Institute of American Indian Arts, securi...
02/15/2021

Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) worked with Dr. George Boyce and others to found the Institute of American Indian Arts, securing funding from the Department of Indian Affairs during the Kennedy Administration. New served as the first Art Director at IAIA, later becoming Director, i.e., President, of the school from 1967 until 1979.

Prior to his work with IAIA, New earned a degree in Art Education from the Art Institute of Chicago and taught painting at the Phoenix Indian School. After serving in the US Navy on the USS Sanborn in the Pacific Theater during WWII, New switched focus and became an acclaimed fashion designer, focusing on clothing, handbags, and printed textiles.

During New’s leadership, IAIA went from being a high school, to a two year college offering associates degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, and Museum Studies.

This President’s Day we thank and honor the leadership and vision of all of IAIA’s Presidents.

Our online store carries "The Sound of Drums, A Memoir Of Lloyd Kiva New” edited by IAIA Archivist Ryan S. Flahive. You may purchase the book here: https://iaia.edu/product/sound-drums-memoir-lloyd-kiva-new/

Bryson Meyers, an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Nation, was just selected as IAIA's Student of the Year. Sponsore...
02/14/2021

Bryson Meyers, an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Nation, was just selected as IAIA's Student of the Year. Sponsored by the American Indian College Fund, this award is based on academic achievements and commitment to community service. Bryson, originally from Rocky Boy, MT, is a Senior majoring in Studio Arts with a concentration in Digital Arts and Printmaking.

Bryson chose to study at IAIA to help broaden his view of Contemporary Native Arts and to inspire others with what he has to offer. He enjoys being able to express himself through the art and mediums that IAIA has shown him. After Spring graduation, Bryson will pursue his MFA this Fall, while working as a Contemporary artist, and plans to work on a PhD in Art History in the future. With “create and print” as his mantra, Bryson hopes to teach, as well as practice his art, and wants to “inspire other Natives to pursue their goals, no matter what.”

You can find Bryson on Facebook at Bry Goodrunner

Photos of Bryson by Jason S. Ordaz. Other photos courtesy of the Artist.

News about students, alumni, faculty and our campus is plentiful.  To ensure you don't miss anything, subscribe to our m...
02/12/2021

News about students, alumni, faculty and our campus is plentiful. To ensure you don't miss anything, subscribe to our monthly Newsletter!

To sign up, and to see previous Newletters, please go to:
https://iaia.edu/media/

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz.

David Tromblay served in the military for ten years, prior to earning his MFA at IAIA.  He has a brand new book out “As ...
02/12/2021
Review: 'As You Were,' by David Tromblay

David Tromblay served in the military for ten years, prior to earning his MFA at IAIA. He has a brand new book out “As You Were."

NONFICTION: A Duluth native recalls a harrowing childhood in this nonlinear memoir.

Our Continuing Education Class “Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship” is taught by award-winning Cherokee artist, MaryBeth Timoth...
02/11/2021

Our Continuing Education Class “Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship” is taught by award-winning Cherokee artist, MaryBeth Timothy.

The live virtual Etsy class takes place over four, two-hour sessions for a total of eight hours of instruction. As a participant in the class, you will receive a workbook that contains worksheets to help you gather and organize the information you will need to properly set up your store and create an effective marketing strategy. You will also receive access to a recording walking you step-by-step through the technical aspects of opening an e-commerce account on Etsy.

The class meets live online Fridays from February 19 to March 12, from 11:00 - 1:00 pm. The cost of the course is $14.00.

Please go to this link to see all the courses and register for this class:
https://iaia.empower-xl.com/community/index.cfm/main/classlist?fw1pk=1

MaryBeth and her husband operate MoonHawk Art LLC, an art business located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which specializes in Native American and wildlife art.

Indigenous Storytellers: Are you 18-24 and from New Mexico, Michigan, or Mississippi?If so, apply now for Sundance Insti...
02/11/2021

Indigenous Storytellers: Are you 18-24 and from New Mexico, Michigan, or Mississippi?

If so, apply now for Sundance Institute’s 2021 Full Circle Fellowship supported by W.K. Kellogg Foundation for an opportunity to explore a career as a filmmaker.

Learn more and apply at: http://sndnc.org/3aHVbWo​

#IndigenousFilm Sundance Film Festival

Opening today in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, located inside the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Museum Store, is...
02/10/2021

Opening today in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, located inside the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Museum Store, is a series of works by Anthony Parker (Omaha).

Titled “Against the Current: From Homeless to Artist”, the exhibition highlights the works Parker created during the stay-at-home orders due to the on-going pandemic. The show is inspired by the growth he personally experienced as an artist during hardships and celebrates the results of hard work and perseverance. While his focus is heavily on the contaminating effects of the COVID-19 virus on the natural world, and those who inhabit it (including the continued rise in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, another topic he visits regularly), he has included works that also remind us the world continues, and we do as well, outside this moment in time.

“Against the Current: From Homeless to Artist” will be on display from February 10th, 2021, to May 2nd, 2021.

Purchase inquiries can be directed to [email protected], or call (505) 428-5912. Shipping is available for an additional fee. The Museum Store is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Image credit: Anthony Parker, When the Storm Breaks (2020), oil on unframed canvas, $1200.00.

Do you want to know more about our new Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts?  We will be having an online Open House on Frid...
02/10/2021
Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Do you want to know more about our new Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts?


We will be having an online Open House on Friday, February 19, at 3:00 pm (MST) to provide an overview of the program and answer any questions you may have.

Please join us by registering at https://iaia.wufoo.com/forms/m1hmdkvi1y39zu0/

You will receive a link to the presentation before the event. In the meantime, please take a look at https://iaia.edu/explore-programs/studio-arts-mfa/ for an overview of the program.

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression for over 50 years. Now in its 6th year, IAIA’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing provides a degree emphasizing in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or screenwriting with award...

Tomorrow night's online President's Circle Event features four IAIA students, two of whom we introduced you to yesterday...
02/09/2021

Tomorrow night's online President's Circle Event features four IAIA students, two of whom we introduced you to yesterday. Today we are delighted to introduce the remaining two artists!

Krista Vanderblomen, of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Northern Kansas, is a mother, a wife, and an artist. She began attending the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) to pursue a double major in fine arts, focusing on a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship. Her BFA degree date was Fall 2020, and her certification date is Spring 2021. Vanderblomen’s recent achievements include; president’s choice award at the American Higher Education Consortium among being awarded first prize in three media categories, she was published in the Santa Fe Literary Review, and her most recent work has shown in an exhibition at Vital Spaces.

Suni Sonqo Vizcarra Wood (Quechua Nation) is an artist born in Taos, NM (1996) and raised in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru. He studied sculpture at the Art University Bellas Artes Diego Quispe Tito in Cusco, Peru and is currently getting his BFA in sculpture at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM. He has participated in several art shows in Cusco. His sculpture is mixed media and is currently focusing on bronze casting. Suni’s inspiration comes from his Quechua ancestry and the wisdom of Andean worldview important in his life. Suni is a member of the Kusi Kawsay Educational Community, and a musician of the Kusi Ñan traditional Cusqueña music group. His work explores new ways of seeing and understanding. He transmits messages that awaken a balance between living immersed in this world of modernity without separating from ancestral roots in order to emerge with dignity, and to build a collective destiny.

The President's Circle is for donors whose annual support is $2500 or more. To join, or for questions, please contact our Institutional Advancement Director Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota) at [email protected]

Our first virtual event for President's Circle Members is on Wednesday night and today we are featuring two of the four ...
02/08/2021

Our first virtual event for President's Circle Members is on Wednesday night and today we are featuring two of the four artists who will be part of the event!

Nicholas Begay (Diné) was born on the Navajo Reservation and grew up in the rural community of Cornfields, Arizona. Living in this remote setting has taught him great admiration for the land through his heritage and culture. He is driven by concepts of health, social equality, as well as environmentalism. Nicholas attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2007 to 2010 and 2019 to 2020, where the skills learned laid the foundation for his ideas and thoughts in metalsmithing.

Within his short return to IAIA, he has received awards that include the Anna Scheffield Heritage Fund that was received for the 2019-2020 academic year in acknowledgement for excellence in the jewelry program. He also received the Chief Manuelito Scholarship for the spring semester of 2020 in recognition of academic excellence among Navajo college students. Begay also is a recipient of the SITE Scholar Program for the years 2019-2020, which honors college and graduate level creative students in the community.

Taos Pueblo and Dine Contemporary 2D artist, DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo) grew up surrounded by Indigenous artists that made a career from their passion and love for art. At a young age Suazo was inspired to find that same passion and make it as her dream career. Today she is taking steps to make her dream career a reality.

Her work has been exhibited locally across New Mexico: currently showing at The Millicent Roger’s Museum in Taos, the Revolt Gallery in Taos, the Sovereign Show at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, a painted room in the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque. Suazo has participated in SWAIA’s Santa Fe Indian Market for 10 years, the Heard Indian Market and Fair in Glendale, Arizona, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of The American Indian Artist Market, New York, The Gene Autry Museum Artist Market in Los Angeles, California, and other various prestigious artist markets in the nation.

The President's Circle is for donors whose annual support is $2500 or more. To join, or for questions, please contact our Institutional Advancement Director Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota) at [email protected]

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Greetings! I've just been appointed as the poetry editor for The Tampa Review, Florida's oldest continuously published literary journal. Because of the pandemic and staff changes, instead of our usual open call for submissions, I have been tasked with personally finding poems for our upcoming issue. I would love to include the work of some poets connected with IAIA. If you have a few unpublished poems you'd be willing to let me look at, you can send them to me at ptcorrigan at gmail dot com. We are moving quickly, so I am hoping to get submissions by the end of January and get back to poets not much longer after that. Also, if you know of other IAIA poets who might be interested but who might not see this post, I would be grateful if you pass the word along.
Maybe the best interview I ever had the pleasure of doing. A heartfelt interview with Spokane tribal member, artist, activist and former Dean of Students at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, Charlene Teters. She shares with us her journey and what led her to work with Gay Kingman, Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt and the National Congress of American Indians to fight against the use of racist logos in professional sports. She explains some of the hardships and challenges they faced, what kept them motivated and how she ended up as an Inland NW artist turned educator in Santa Fe. She also talks about the experiences at the University of Illinois, while pursuing her MFA, that led her art to become political and what it was like holding protests at the stadiums of the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins, the Atlanta Braves and the Kansas City Chiefs in the late 80's and early 90's. In addition, she shares what has kept her motivated and gives insightful commentary on what it's like to be both a student and educator. Her inspiring words were truly an honor to capture. #StrongNativeWomen #IAIA #Racism #NCAI #ATNI #AIM #nativeamerican
Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People has been honored by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2020. Dr. Erica Elliott, M.D. recounts the early years of her life living among the Navajo people. As a young white woman in the early 1970s, Erica arrives at a Navajo boarding school near Canyon de Chelly, Arizona to teach, and then becomes a student herself of a mystical, earth-centered wisdom that has been lost to most in today’s modern world. As Erica reaches across a wide cultural divide to learn the Navajo language, the people begin to trust her and invite her into their homes, their ceremonies, and into their hearts. She is drawn deeper into Navajo life, and Erica has a series of profound experiences with the people, animals, and spirits of Canyon de Chelly. Fulfilling a Navajo grandmother’s prophecy, she returns years later as a medical doctor to offer her services to Navajo patients. www.medicineandmiraclesinthehighdesert.com
Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People has been honored by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2020. Dr. Erica Elliott, M.D. recounts the early years of her life living among the Navajo people. As a young Gringo woman in the early 1970s, Erica arrives at a Navajo boarding school near Canyon de Chelly, Arizona to teach, and then becomes a student herself of a mystical, earth-centered wisdom that has been lost to most in today’s modern world. As Erica reaches across a wide cultural divide to learn the Navajo language, the people begin to trust her and invite her into their homes, their ceremonies, and into their hearts. She is drawn deeper into Navajo life, and Erica has a series of profound experiences with the people, animals, and spirits of Canyon de Chelly. Fulfilling a Navajo grandmother’s prophecy, she returns years later as a medical doctor to offer her services to Navajo patients. www.medicineandmiraclesinthehighdesert.com
Indian as a Native American or the Subcontinent Indian?
Hello IAIA, Class of 1986!❤
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the preservation and promotion of NATIVE ART AND HISTORY.
Pilamyaya thank you for inviting me in this group. I am supportive for the Native
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.