e-Newsletter | February 2015   

HEC Grand Opening

The Santa Fe Higher Education Center (HEC) held its ribbon cutting on January 14th.  The HEC -- created in partnership with Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and the Institute of American Indian Arts was developed to use the resources of the schools more efficiently and effectively.  Students who are eager for affordable higher education have access to multiple programs close to home and the convenience of earning an associates degree and then transferring to one of the four-year partner institutions right here in Santa Fe.   The HEC's convenient location at the corner of Siringo and Yucca Roads in Santa Fe makes it easier for local students to attend classes.



Speaking at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony were (shown, top to bottom:)


Randy W. Grissom, President, Santa Fe Community College 

Linda Siegle, Chair, SFCC Governing Board

Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary Designee of Higher Education

Chris Abeyta, Chair, Learning Center District Board

Jim Fries, President, New Mexico Highlands University

Dr. Robert Martin, President, Institute of American Indian Arts



The HEC building has 34,000 square feet on a four acre lot, accommodating 15 classrooms, a learning lab, and two flexible instructional spaces.  Over 80% of its power comes from solar energy.  The building cost approximately $12 million, funded by a 2010 Bond Issue.


Following the ceremony, attendees were treated to refreshments, entertained by Mariachi Sonidos del Monte, given tours of the facility, and participated in activities hosted by the partner institutions. 

IAIA Community Gathering 

On January 29th, IAIA held its first Community Gathering of 2015.  The IAIA staff, faculty, and students who attended enjoyed a wonderful meal and were treated to a showing of student films, presented by James Lujan, Department Chair for Cinematic Arts.  

The program included:  
"How Coyote and Eagle Stole the Sun and Moon" by Erica Moore 
"The Deer People Story" by Sydney Isaacs 
"Malevolent" by Echota Cheyenne Killsnight 
"Bye Bye, Ronnie" by Razelle Benally

ASG President Jamelyn Ebelacker spoke about the upcoming AIHEC Student Conference at the Albuquerque Convention Center, March 18-22, and the art competition that will be taking place.

Nocona Burgess, Student Activities Coordinator, also highlighted some of the upcoming AIHEC Student Conference competitions and activities. 


Top:  The IAIA Community who at the Gathering.

Second:  Dean of Student Life, Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone), welcoming the attendees.

Third:  Student Activities Coordinator, Nocona Burgess (Comanche)

Fourth:  ASG President, Jamelyn Ebelacker (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Fifth:  Chair of the Cinematic Arts Department James Lujan (Taos Pueblo)

Photos by:  Eric Davis


Front Nine

Back Nine

Entire Course

The New IAIA Disc Golf Course


The IAIA Disc Golf Course is now open to the IAIA community. The disc golf course offers a fun, healthy, and lifelong recreational opportunity for IAIA and the surrounding community. Developed as a component of the the Health and Wellness curriculum, disc golf is a game that can be played by all ages and genders. The project was funded by the ASG, Health and Wellness Department, and the President's Office.


The course is a prime example of high desert disc golf. Rolling hills and subtle elevation change are prominent features as the course progresses among groves of cedar, juniper, and cacti. The front nine - known as the "Short Loop"- was designed as an instructional par 28 course. In contrast, the back nine, or "Long Loop" is a par 33 design and features epic views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.


Major projects still to be completed before opening the course to the public include:  installing overview maps and signage, flagsticks and flags, setting alternate pin positions, and clearing debris from the greens. A digital GPS map of the course can be found on the UDisc app for iOS and Android. Paper maps, along with discs for rent, are available in the Fitness Center. The first tee box is located west of the community garden. Rules and more information on disc golf can be found on the website of the Professional Disc Golf Assocation, http://pdga.com.


Organized Activities for the spring 2015 semester include:

  • Instructional Rounds-Every Tuesday at 4 pm on the First Tee - Open to all students, faculty, and staff
  • Weekly Doubles League

The IAIA course is a private disc golf venue. Annual memberships are free to the IAIA community and will be sold to outside players for $50.00 per person, beginning in March. All money generated by the disc golf course benefits the IAIA Associated Student Government.


For more information on disc golf at IAIA, contact Ryan Flahive
at rflahive@iaia.edu or JoAnn Bishop at jbishop@iaia.edu.

Leah Boss 

Carol Chatham-Reed

Sallie Wesaw Sloan

IAIA Service Awards


During the IAIA Faculty and Staff Christmas Gathering, members of the IAIA community were recognized for their years of service to the Institute. Among the many staff members honored by IAIA President Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), assisted by Ryan Flahive, Archivist and Gracie Schild, Advancement Services Manager, and Ryan Flahive, Archivist, Chair and Vice Chair of the Staff Council were:  


Student Life Coordinator Peggy Ann Lomay, Carmen Heenan, and Grace Nuvayestewa who each have been with IAIA for over 30 years


Greer McSpadden, Student Life Counselor - 5 Years


Jim Rivera, Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor - 16 years

Leah Boss (Laguna/Hopi/Akimel O'Odham) - Student Success Center - 5 Years


Carol Chatham-Reed, Student Life Housing Director - 10 Years


Anthony Coca, IT Director - 17 years


Sallie Wesaw Sloan - 11 Years


Congratulations to all!


Photos by:  Eric Davis


IAIA Staff and Alumni News




To honor the location of this year's big game, Nike enlisted the talents of O'odham tribe member and IAIA alumnus Dwayne Manuel, (BFA '10) who specializes in drawing and graffiti art and resides in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community in southern Arizona. Manuel's design for Nike Sportswear's new Desert Journey collection interprets two traditional symbols, the war shield and the whirlwind, which together reflect Manuel's heritage and illustrate the modern competitor's long, battle-filled journey to reach the final destination.  Dwayne spoke of his creative process:  "My inspiration came from three themes: speed, journey, competition," said Manuel, who grew up playing football and has a deep appreciation and love of the game. "I based the Desert Journey graphic on traditional designs that are used to decorate basketry and weaponry - two everyday objects that are passed down from generation to generation, and when viewed from a different perspective, relate perfectly to the traits of the modern competitor." 



First People Fund is pleased to announce the artists receiving the 2015 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship. The fellows represent mid-career artists who have demonstrated a commitment to pursue their art as a career.  Included in this year's list of winners is IAIA aumnus Dyani White Hawk Polk (Sicangu Lakota) .  "This year's Artist in Business Leadership fellows come from all over the country, and bring a wide array of backgrounds to our organization and the communities we partner with," said Miranne Walker, program officer. "From traditional to contemporary arts, and wood carving, beadwork, and silk screening, they represent artists who are doing exciting, innovative work."  


Paul C. Moore (Chickasaw), IAIA Visual Arts Technician, (and IAIA alumnus), is featured on Chickasaw.tv, the online video network. His profile, which includes a short biography and video, can be found on their Arts and Humanities channel:   https://www.chickasaw.tv/arts/list/paul-moore. It is also featured on their home page under Profiles of a Nation. 

The 22nd Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale opened with the traditional Red Carpet Reception, a get-together that is expected to raise about $1 million for the National Western Scholarship Trust.  Guests at the Red Carpet Reception included Best in Show winner IAIA alumnus Brent Greenwood, who specializes in contemporary Native American art and is a member of the Chickasaw and Ponca Indian nations of Oklahoma.  His piece "Native Sisters" was the Best in Show winner.  The 2014 Coors Western Art Show & Sale generated $1.14 million in ticket and art sales, with the net proceeds going to scholarships supporting "the next generation of agribusiness and rural medical leaders." 

Shown at left is the Spring 2015 Orientation Group after they completed orientation.  Diane Reyna, Student Success Center Program Administrator, led the group through the process.

New Additions to the IAIA Family


Alvin Sandoval (Navajo) returned to IAIA in January  2015 as the new full-time Shuttle Driver, reporting to James Mason, Facilities Director.  Alvin worked for IAIA from 1990 to 2008 in various positions -- mail clerk, shuttle driver, and maintenance tech.

Manuel Caballero has joined IAIA as a Custodial Tech, part of the Facilities Department Team, reporting to James Mason, Facilities Director. Manuel joins IAIA with 10+ years of custodial experience working for large facilities which includes Santa Fe Unified School District and St. Vincent's Hospital.


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IAIA Special Announcement from the President

On behalf of the IAIA Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to announce that Terran Kipp, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, has been selected as IAIA's 2015 Student of the year.  This award is sponsored by the American Indian College Fund.  Terran is a senior at IAIA majoring in Museum Studies with a minor in  Studio Arts.   Terran has maintained a high academic grade point average while also engaging in leadership and community service activities.


Please join me in congratulating Terran as IAIA's Student of the Year.


Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation)


Institute of American Indian Arts


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Upcoming Events



February 16 - Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo Reading and Book Signing - MoCNA, 2nd floor Project Space, 3-4:30 pm

February 17Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo Poetry Reading - IAIA Campus, CLE Commons, 1-2:30 pm

February 20 Film Screening:  "Billy Jack" - St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, 6-8:30 pm


February 24 - IAIA Campus Library Readings with Chee Brossy (Din�);  Ramona Emerson (Navajo);  and Milton "JR" Bluenose (Navajo Nation), 4 pm


February 25 - Hoop House Construction Workshop - presented by the CLE and NMSU - Cochiti Pueblo, 9 am-3 pm

February 26 - March 27 -  IAIA Staff and Faculty Art Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, IAIA Campus

March 3 - IAIA Campus Library Reading with Helga Schimkat
, 4 pm.

March 4 - Brown Bag Lunch with curator Candace Hopkins - Museum of Contemporary Native Art, 2nd floor Project Space, 12-1 pm

March 20 - Second Annual Interaction in Art:  The Art of Ping Pong - Allan Houser Art Park, Museum of Contemporary Native Art - 5-7 pm

April 16 - May 7 - Senior Graduating Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, IAIA Campus

Now through March 31, 2015 - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

South Gallery

Chris Pappan: Account Past Due, Ledger Art and Beyond

Honor Gallery

Mihio Manus: Heavy Volume, Small Spaces

Now through July 31, 2015 Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Main Galleries

Dark Light: The Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse

Fritz Scholder Gallery

Star Wallowing Bull: Mechanistic Renderings

North Gallery

War Department:  Selections from MoCNA's Permanent Collection

PLEASE NOTE:  The 2015 Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday May 16th!



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Photographer:  Jason S. Ordaz

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