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.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) exhibit “Charlene Teters: Way of...
05/29/2020

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) exhibit “Charlene Teters: Way of Sorrows”—which addresses current issues such as forced migrations and the US-Mexico border crisis—closes today. However, the installation remains available to view virtually.

IAIA Academic Dean and noted artist, educator, and activist, Charlene Teters (Spokane) said in regards to her show, “The caravans of refugees coming to the USA's southern border are part of an uninterrupted history of forced migrations and trails of tears. Those who deny these ‘huddled masses’ on the US-Mexico border do so, in part, to deny the obvious—man-made climate crisis may soon make refugees of us all. No wall will protect us from the wrath of a dying planet.”

For a 360º view of the installation, visit https://teliportme.com/view/1741146.

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

Congratulations to Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students Tiffanie Irizarry (Ihanktowan Dakota Sioux/Puerto R...
05/29/2020
Tribal College Journal Announces Cover Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students Tiffanie Irizarry (Ihanktowan Dakota Sioux/Puerto Rican) and Suni S. Vizcarra Wood (Indigenous Peruvian)—winners of the 2020 Tribal College Journal (TCJ) Student Cover Art Contest.

Tribal College Journal has announced that Tiffanie Irizarry and Suni S. Vizcarra Wood, both students at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA),Read more ›

“These are students who have already invested in their education with us, and we want them to not waste that investment,...
05/28/2020
Hyperallergic

“These are students who have already invested in their education with us, and we want them to not waste that investment, to continue on and get their degree. Our goal is to get them to graduate so they can get out there and make their art and contribute to society.”—Scott Whitaker, IAIA Financial Aid Director

Great article by Ellie Duke with Hyperallergic—read about the Institute of American Indian Arts' (IAIA) 10% tuition reduction for the 2020-2021 academic year in response to COVID-19. We are doing everything that we can to keep our students on track to graduate—and if you've been thinking about coming to IAIA now is also a great time to enroll.

If you would like to help our students stay on track by making a donation to our Student Emergency Fund—which is used to provide additional financial support for essential basics such as food, housing, and connectivity assistance so returning and incoming students in the fall can have access to loaned laptops, tablets, and reliable Internet—please visit https://iaia.wufoo.com/forms/mc7k8vh0ebhjgm/ and together we can support them on their path to success.

The director of financial aid at the Santa Fe art school says the 10% reduction is part of an effort to “keep the students engaged and on the right path toward graduation.”

Every year at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), our Creative Writing students work with a faculty member to ...
05/27/2020

Every year at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), our Creative Writing students work with a faculty member to design, edit, and publish an annual anthology of creative writing and art—and the 2020 IAIA Student Anthology: “Remembering What We Carry” is now live on the anthology website.

There is a story each one of us carry that only we can tell. Through weaving our stories together, as a community, we can build a vessel, strong and large enough to carry our message to the world. This anthology unifies the arts and the integrity IAIA was founded on. Whether it be through poem, fiction, nonfiction, song, drawing, painting, film, or photo— whatever the story might be, together, we can carry each other by holding one another’s stories. “Remembering What We Carry” is the embodiment of how our community continues to come together through difficult and intimidating struggles to create space and voice for each other—even when “normal” feels like a distant memory.

To view the anthology, visit anthology.iaia.edu.

Image design by Shantel Chee and Nami Okuzono

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05/26/2020
NDN Collective Covid-19 Project | NDN Collective

NDN Collective Covid-19 Project | NDN Collective

The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes and individuals to provide gap services during this health crisis,...

05/26/2020
IAIA—Empower Your Creativity

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is incredibly proud of everything that our students accomplished this past semester. Nobody could have seen the challenges we were dealt coming—and our students, faculty, and staff faced them head on with grace and resilience. We are a family—a community—and we are not whole without all of us together. So as we head into the summer, perhaps with a great deal of “unknowns” for what the Fall semester will bring, we just want to remind our current and incoming students that whatever challenges we face, we will face together as #ManyNationsOneFamily.

We miss you and we will see you soon.

If you would like to help our students stay on track by making a donation to our Student Emergency Fund—which is used to provide additional financial support for essential basics such as food, housing, and connectivity assistance so returning and incoming students in the fall can have access to loaned laptops, tablets, and reliable Internet—please visit https://iaia.wufoo.com/forms/mc7k8vh0ebhjgm/ and together we can support them on their path to success.

Video created by Hillary Cagey (Lummi Nation), Institute of American Indian Arts

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Store is offering a 25% discount off all of ...
05/22/2020

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Store is offering a 25% discount off all of its products, plus free shipping. Use coupon code “memorial” to get the discount. (The sale ends on Monday, May 25, at midnight.)

The newest MoCNA publication and fresh off the press, “Indigenous Futurisms,” is now available to purchase. New products like handmade jewelry and one-of-a-kind prints from IAIA Alumni and official IAIA merch are in the process of being added to the store in the coming weeks, so check back later for updates.

One of the best ways to support the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is to purchase directly from the IAIA Store. By doing so, you support the college’s mission, “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.”

To pick up official IAIA merch or a copy of “Indigenous Futurisms” visit www.iaia.edu/store/

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

Congratulations to the Seventh Annual Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Cine Award Winners! The Cine Award for Be...
05/21/2020

Congratulations to the Seventh Annual Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Cine Award Winners!

The Cine Award for Best Sound Design
Miles DeVesty for “Warbaby”

The Cine Award for Best Music
Gary Medina Cook (Genízaro/Cherokee) for “Tomena”

The Cine Award for Best Animation
Charine Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo) for “Bear News”

The Cine Award for Best Editing
Miles DeVesty for “Warbaby”

The Cine Award for Best Cinematography
Leroy Grafe for “Warbaby”

The Cine Award for Best Actor
Tie—Gary Medina Cook (Genízaro/Cherokee) and Anthony Warren (Peepeekisis Cree Nation) for “Tomena”

The Cine Award for Best Actress
Laura Hinman (Mesa Grande of Mission Indians) for “The Dust in Our Eyes”

The Cine Award for Best Screenplay
Jedadiah Richards (Oglala Lakota Sioux) for “Sister”

The Cine Award for Best Director
Miles DeVesty for “Warbaby”

Third Place Cine Award for Best Film
“Tomena” by Gary Medina Cook (Genízaro/Cherokee)

Second Place Cine Award for Best Film
“They Return” by Lonnie R. Begaye (Navajo Nation)

The Cine Audience Award
“Sage Me Not” by Erik Sanchez (Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe)

First Place Cine Award for Best Film
“Sister” by Jedadiah Richards (Oglala Lakota Sioux)

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has announced a 10% decrease in tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year. In...
05/20/2020

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has announced a 10% decrease in tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAIA has made this decrease to help students. We are #ManyNationsOneFamily—and we are committed to helping our students continue their journey toward a degree.

This is the new base rate—there is no application needed to receive the decrease, and these new rates will commence with the 2020-2021 academic year, which begins August 17, 2020. It is also important to note that these costs do include all required textbooks as well. For more information regarding the tuition reduction, visit www.iaia.edu/10-decrease-in-tuition-for-the-2020-2021-academic-year/.

IAIA discounting tuition is contrary to what most other institutions of higher learning are doing around the country. IAIA has taken what was already an extraordinary value for a quality education and made it even more attractive.

“During these challenging times, promoting student success is essential so that our graduates can return home with the education and skill-sets to strengthen their Indigenous communities.”—IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation)

If you would like to help our students stay on track by making a donation to our Student Emergency Fund—which is used to provide additional financial support for essential basics like food, safe and secure housing, supplies, and remote learning tools such as connectivity assistance—please visit https://iaia.wufoo.com/forms/mc7k8vh0ebhjgm/ and together we can support them on their path to success.

While the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus remains closed to the public, IAIA graduating senior T’cha-Mi’...
05/18/2020

While the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus remains closed to the public, IAIA graduating senior T’cha-Mi’iko Cosgrove (Shoshone-Bannock) is one of a handful of students who still reside on campus. In his free time this semester, he has been getting out and hiking the trails on and around campus—and has made it a point to clean up litter and graffiti along the way.

“This is our home as long as we are here. It is our home after we are gone. We all need to give back for all we have received from this amazing place.”—T’cha-Mi’iko Cosgrove

Thank you, T’cha, for taking the time to give back to our school and help beautify our campus!

Photograph by Nicole Lawe, Institute of American Indian Arts

05/15/2020
2018 IAIA Commencement

#FlashbackFriday to the 2018 Commencement Ceremony at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).

IAIA wants to congratulate our 2020 graduates who, under immense pressure, persevered through one of the most challenging semesters we've seen in recent times. Today we celebrate you!

We will be holding our 2020 Commencement Ceremony at 11 am, Saturday, August 22, 2020, with IAIA alumna and United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ‘68 as our keynote speaker. The hope is that it will be held on campus, but IAIA is developing a contingency plan for a virtual ceremony if the situation calls for it. However, 2020 graduates will also have the option of participating in the 2021 graduation ceremony.

Please join us in congratulating our class of 2020!

Meet eight Indigenous beaders who are redefining their craft—specifically through jewelry and accessories—including Inst...
05/15/2020
Meet 8 Indigenous Beaders Who Are Modernizing Their Craft

Meet eight Indigenous beaders who are redefining their craft—specifically through jewelry and accessories—including Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumna Tania Larsson (Gwich’in) '17, former IAIA students Elias Jade Not Afraid (Apsaalooké) and Hollis Chitto (Laguna Pueblo/Isleta Pueblo/Mississippi Choctaw), and former IAIA Artist-in-Residence Bobby “Dues” Wilson (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate).

“It is our responsibility as younger Natives to keep the tradition alive.”

Call for artists—apply now to participate in Poeh Cultural Center’s virtual exhibition.
05/14/2020

Call for artists—apply now to participate in Poeh Cultural Center’s virtual exhibition.

Call For Artists!
Submit your artwork proposal for a virtual exhibit working with the theme: "Protecting The Cultural Community"

Submit by Friday, May 29
Accepted Artists Will Receive $100
Open To All Native Artists

Contact: Lynda Romero - [email protected]

Congratulations to the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) 2020 Mentor Artist Fellowship awardees—some of which a...
05/13/2020

Congratulations to the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) 2020 Mentor Artist Fellowship awardees—some of which are Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumni, former students, and former IAIA Artists-in-Residence—including Jackie Larson Bread (Amskapi Pikuni) ‘83, Nathan P. Jackson (Tlingit) ‘64, Cliff Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), Gerald Clarke Jr. (Cahuilla Band of Indians), and Joe Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes).

The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a regional award open to accomplished American Indian and Alaska Native artists and culture bearers. Following an open call for applications, sixty Native artists were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals who specialize in Contemporary Visual Arts and Traditional Arts. This year, eleven artists were selected to receive a $30,000 fellowship award designed to support an established Native artist to mentor an emerging Native artist in the Contemporary Visual Arts and Traditional Arts.

The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a structured fifteen-month program designed to empower artists and build capacity in Native communities for future generations. As part of the program, mentors and their apprentices will complete art projects by the end of the fellowship period to broaden Indigenous world views in both Native and non-Native communities.

Congratulations to the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation newly awarded 2020 Mentor Artist Fellows! Read more about the Mentor Artist Fellowship here... https://mailchi.mp/nativeartsandcultures/2020-maf-announcement
#nativeart #mentorfellows #nativeamerican #indigenous #indegenousart #mentorship #mentor

This year, the seventh annual Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Student Film Festival is going virtual!The IAIA C...
05/12/2020

This year, the seventh annual Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Student Film Festival is going virtual!

The IAIA Cinematic Arts & Technology program invites you to a screening of the best student films produced during the 2019-2020 academic year. This online showcase of films will be available to stream for free on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm, followed by a Q&A via ZOOM at 8:00 pm with the student filmmakers, special guest Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho), as well as an award ceremony. The public will be invited to vote on the “Audience Choice Award,” while a panel of judges from the film industry will vote on awards in multiple categories.

For more information, visit www.nativefilm.com.

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

“Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism,” edited by Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) and published by the IAIA M...
05/11/2020
Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

“Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism,” edited by Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) and published by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), 2011, is available in our online shop.

Featuring 60 biographical essays by 21 Indigenous curators, historians, anthropologists, and academics, over 100 full-color reproductions, and four contextual essays, “Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism” is the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Native American art to date—and will stand as a landmark publication for years to come. It includes an overview of the last 20 years of Native American art scholarship, addresses the ways in which laws and policies imposed by Federal, tribal and state governments have molded tribal expression, argues for the exercise of indigenous knowledge systems in art criticism, and examines the way in which the memory and knowledge that is encoded within objects can offer a narrative bridge to historic Indigenous arts. Ultimately, “Manifestations” presents more than the history, appraisal and understanding of contemporary indigenous art—it offers an alternative tradition that can broaden the perspectives of contemporary art as a whole. For more information and to get a copy, visit www.iaia.edu/product/manifestations-new-native-art-criticism/.

Be on the lookout for the catalogue for “Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future,” which will be available for purchase at the MoCNA shop this summer at www/iaia.edu/store. To view the “Indigenous Futurisms” virtual tour, visit www.iaia.edu/new-virtual-reality-vr-exhibition/.

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

Hardcover book edited by Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) with beautiful photographs of artwork from a range of contemporary Native artists. Published by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), 2011.

As #TeacherAppreciationWeek comes to an end, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our instructors at the Institute...
05/09/2020

As #TeacherAppreciationWeek comes to an end, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our instructors at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). We appreciate them every day of the year, but this year, under extraordinary circumstances, they pulled together to help move classes online to ensure our students could stay on track and finish out the semester—and we think that is something to celebrate. Help us thank our wonderful teachers from the Cinematic Arts, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Performing Arts, and Studio Arts departments!

Photograph of core Studio Arts Faculty (not pictured: Daisy Quezada) by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts 2017

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Archives recently completed a major project to preserve, digitize, and make...
05/08/2020

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Archives recently completed a major project to preserve, digitize, and make available the archive of the important New York-based radio program "Seeing Red," hosted by activist Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) and her late husband Frank Harjo (Muscogee) from 1968-1975. The project was titled "American Indian Activism on the Radio: Preservation of the 'Seeing Red' Archive" and was generously funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The archive is part of the “Recordings at Risk” program of the CLIR. The "Seeing Red" Project is one of only twenty projects selected from a pool of seventy-seven applicants.

The original quarter-inch reel-to-reel audio tapes are part of a donation by Harjo to the archives and are a significant piece of the narrative surrounding the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and subsequent legislation in self-determination and sovereignty of Native nations. By reformatting the tapes and making the digital files widely available, scholars and the public can better understand the current realities of American Indian politics through a historical lens.

IAIA Archivist and faculty member Ryan S. Flahive remarked, "Having these recordings available for free online will help teachers and scholars further understand and disseminate the motives and activities of the American Indian Movement, a critical piece of American History neglected by most textbooks. Considering the breadth of subject matter in each program, the research possibilities are very exciting."

For more information and access to the Seeing Red Radio Archive, please visit the IAIA Archives website at www.iaia.edu/academics/library/archives/.

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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
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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!