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IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition

Seventeen Seniors to Show Works at the IAIA Campus in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and others

Santa Fe: April 3, 2019.

Seventeen seniors from the Studio Arts and   Museum Studies  programs will present their senior projects in the  IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition --  from April 19, 2019 through May 18, 2019. THIS EXHIBITION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The Opening Reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, April 19th, 2019, from 5:30-8:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

Exhibitions will be on display on the IAIA Campus at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery, the Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology Building, and behind the Student Union Building. 

The IAIA campus is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue, on the south side of Santa Fe.  For directions and a map of the campus, please visit  

In their final semester, the students work closely with  advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty,  and their fellow  students  to develop their artistic practice and to create a thematically and conceptually-focused body of work. The IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition represents the capstone of each students' course of study as well as their academic experience at IAIA.

IAIA Class of 2019 Spring Graduating Seniors Participating in the Exhibition

IAIA President, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), mentioned that "we invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to witness first-hand the amazing talent and creativity of IAIA's graduating seniors who have sacrificed and worked diligently to successfully complete their bachelor's degrees."

The IAIA 2019 Fall Graduating Seniors and their Degrees
  • ALI (Tohono O'odham Nation), BFA Studio Arts
  • Tess Atcitty (Navajo), BFA Studio Arts - Painting and Ceramics
  • Greg Ballenger (Navajo), BFA Studio Arts - Painting
  • Lorenza Chavez-Marcais (Chicanx, Mescalero Apache Descant), BFA Museum Studies.   Minor Studio Arts - Painting
  • Dason Coyote Culver (Cherokee Descent), BFA Studio Arts - Sculpture
  • Charlie Cuny, BFA, Studio Arts
  • Derayna DeClay (White Mountain Apache Tribe), BFA Studio Arts - Painting
  • Monique Duke, BFA Studio Arts - Digital Arts
  • Maryelizabeth M. T. Harrison (Diné), BFA Museum Studies
  • Chaz John (Winnebago, Mississippi Band Choctaw), BFA Studio Arts - Painting
  • Jennifer Juan (Tohono O'odham Nation), BFA Museum Studies
  • Mia Olson (They/Them/Their) (Mvskoke Creek), BFA Studio Arts - Printmaking and Jewelry
  • RB Pablo (Diné), BFA Studio Arts Sculpture, Minor Museum Studies, Certificate Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Tina Sparks, BFA Studio Arts - Painting and Textiles
  • Shundina Spencer (Diné, Apsaalooké, Colville), BFA Studio Arts - Painting
  • Anangookwe Wolf (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe), BFA Studio Arts - Jewelry and Textiles
  • Hounsoun Youn (Korean), BFA Studio Arts - Ceramics

For further information, or to interview any of the students, please contact 
Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or

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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 495 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

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