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For Immediate Release




Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 
Scholarship Fund Receives Double Benefit
Thanks to
Malouf on the Plaza
Scott and Karen Malouf Reselling Items
Purchased at Auction and Donating Proceeds

Santa Fe: December 10, 2018.

IAIA held their 2018 Scholarship Dinner and Auction on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. During the auction, Scott Malouf and his wife Karen placed the winning bid on a very special offering -- the IAIA Alumni Treasure Box -- which included works by 7 award-winning IAIA alumni artists., including Fritz Casuse (DinĂ©) '96; Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) '07 & '18; Nocona Burgess (Comanche) '92; and Terese Marie Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) '16.

The Maloufs own Malouf on the Plaza, a luxury retail store specializing in jewelry, weavings, and fashion. After the auction, they placed the box and its treasures in their store window to share the wonderful artworks with their clientele and the Santa Fe community. They soon came to the decision to resell the box and its contents, and donate the proceeds from the sale back to the IAIA Scholarship Fund.

Scott Malouf holding the
Alumni Treasure Box

"We were just blown away by the contents," remarked Scott Malouf. " We decided that we would now offer those to the public, and 100% of the sale, not the profits, 100% of the sale will go back to IAIA as additional scholarship money."

Fritz Casuse (DinĂ©) '96, 
Vessel for Good Thoughts 
sterling silver & leather
from the Alumni Treasure Box

Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Director of the IAIA Office of Institutional Advancement, commented: "Karen and Scott Malouf set an example when they bid and won the exquisite Treasure Box filled with IAIA Alumni treasures.  Their generosity of selling each treasure and donating back to IAIA the amount of each sale is a an example of truth and action as author Howard Rainer (Taos Pueblo/Creek), said...'Children learn from what they see.  We need to set an example of truth and action.'  We can all learn from Scott and Karen Malouf and their championing of IAIA Students achieving their dream of college graduation."

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) r emarked that "The IAIA community is grateful to Scott and Karen for this awe-inspiring act of generosity in support of our students and their success".


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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies -- a minor in 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. 
About IAIA -- For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at
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