e-Newsletter | April 2015   

IAIA Women's Archery team with coach JoAnn Bishop

Archery Award

ASG President Jamelyn Ebelacker with the "One Act Play" Award.


During the recent AIHEC Student Conference held in Albuquerque in March -- IAIA brought home the Gold!  And Silver!  And just about every other award that was given.



IAIA had 55 overall award winners -- including 33 of the 46 Art awards, with a total of 13 1st place prizes.



Our Students also scored 2nd place in the Poetry Slam, 3rd place in the Hand Games, 3rd place in Volleyball, and 1st place in Women's Archery!



Additional awards included 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Traditional Plants, 3rd place in the 1-act Theater competition, 2nd place for solo drama and solo humor -- plus 7 top writing awards in the Tribal College Journal writing competition.



A big hand to all of our AIHEC competitors!












IAIA Staff and Faculty Exhibition


2015 em'a'nate: IAIA Staff and Faculty Exhibition

February 26-March 26, 2015
Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery.  Artists shown:


Back Row (L-R):
Alex Shapiro, Director of Institutional Advancement;  Jamison Chas Banks (Seneca-Cayuga and Cherokee of Oklahoma), Adjunct Faculty of Studio Arts;   Mats Reinussion, Digital Dome & Production Resources Manager;  Stephen Wall (White Earth Chippewa), Faculty and Chair of Indigenous Liberal Studies;  J. Craig Tompkins, Assistant Professor, Cinematic Arts and Technology and Studio Arts;  James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), Associate Professor of Creative Writing;  Jessie Ryker-Crawford (White Earth Ojibwe), Faculty, Museum Studies;   Paul Moore (Chickasaw), Visual Arts Technician;  George Hughes, Adjunct Faculty;  Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree), Assistant Professor of Studio Arts;  Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke), Visiting Assistant Professor


Front Row (L-R):

Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), Assistant Professor of Studio Arts;  Topaz Jones (Lummi/Shoshone), Sales Associate, MoCNA;   Joanne Nani Morales (Taino), Adjunct Faculty and Staff;   Dana Chodzko, Faculty, Studio Arts


Not Pictured: 
Benedict Calabaza (Kewa-Santo Domingo Pueblo), Recreation Assistant and Adjunct Faculty;  Charlene Teters (Spokane), Interim Academic Dean;  Dorothy Grandbois (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Faculty, Studio Arts;  Kim Parko, Associate Professor;  Mary Deleary (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation), Gallery Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty;  Nocona Burgess (Comanche), Student Activity Coordinator;  and Patrick Morrissey, Assistant Professor of Studio Arts.


This exhibition explored the sources of inspiration the IAIA Faculty and Staff use to create their works of art. The IAIA Faculty and Staff teach and inspire their students, and this was a great opportunity to experience how they express their creative side. 


Rachel de W. Wixom

Alvin Sandoval
IAIA Totem Pole Moves to New Home

The Hamspek Totem Pole, created by Calvin Hunt, hereditary chief Na-soom-yees, Mowochaht Nation, which has been on loan to IAIA, was recently returned to the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts.  Ralph T. Coe Foundation President and CEO Rachel de W. Wixom welcomed the pole to the Foundation Headquarters, and thanked IAIA for taking such good care of it during the loan.


Alvin Sandoval (Navajo) performed a ceremonial prayer to celebrate the installation at the Foundation's offices.


The Totem Pole left the IAIA campus because of the excessive damage it has suffered due to the harsh southwest climate here in Santa Fe. 


"Bye Bye, Ronnie"

IAIA Students Succeed with Short Films


The Taos Shortz Film Fest featured the works of IAIA students during its "Native American Showcase" -- Thursday, March 19, 2015 -- at the Taos Community Auditorium, 144 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico.  


Curated and Hosted by James Lujan, Department Chair, Cinematic Arts and Technology, IAIA, the showcase included short films by several IAIA students.  


One of the students, Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Navajo), won the Free Spirit Award at the Festival for her film "Bye Bye, Ronnie." 


Another student, Echota Killsnight, (Northern Cheyenne/Cherokee) had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand for a screening of his short film "Malevolent" at the Maoriland Film Festival.


According to James Lujan. "It was great to have IAIA connecting with a wider audience through this festival."


Ron Solimon addresses the crowd.

The Production Team for the Joe Sando Symposium, including IAIA's Porter Swentzel, Marth Becktell and Stephen Wall.  (L to R, back row)

Joe Sando Symposium


The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) held the second Joe Sando Symposium on Pueblo Indian Studies at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- March 5-6, 2015.


Dr. Joe Sando, noted historian, author, and scholar from the Pueblo of Jemez, was committed to the study of Pueblo Nations and their cultures.  He inspired new generations of scholars in the study of Pueblo history and life. His legacy will be honored by highlighting current research and creative expression in the field of Pueblo Indian Studies.


Key organizers of the event included Stephen Wall (White Earth Chippewa), Porter Swentzel (Santa Clara Pueblo), Ron Solimon (Laguna Pueblo), and Marth Becktell.



Monty Little

Candace Hopkins

"Romanticized Indian Taco, Rest in Peace"

The artists and family
Dr. Martin dedicating the mural
IAIA Job Fair


On March 26, 2015, IAIA held a Job Fair on campus, to help match students with potential employers.

Some of the companies participating included SITE Santa Fe, Farmers Insurance, Teach for America, Chico's, and more.

IAIA Students were encouraged to drop off their resumes, learn more about the companies involved, and hopefully some great opportunities were developed during the fair for our students!




IAIA Staff and Alumni News 


Monty Little (Navajo Nation) and  William Thoms were named as SITE Scholars by SITE Santa Fe.  The SITE Scholar Program is an initiative to honor college and graduate level creative students in the Santa Fe community, with the goal of increasing student participation in the museum and contemporary art world.   Additionally  IAIA Studio Arts instructor Karita Coffey (Comanche) was honored by program participant Laura Walkingstick (Cherokee) for making an impact on her as an artist.



New Additions to the IAIA Family

Candice Hopkins (Tlingit) is the new Chief Curator of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, reporting to Patsy Phillips (Museum Director). Candice comes to the Museum with 14+ years of curatorial experience. She holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, where she was awarded the Ramapo Curatorial Prize for the exhibition Every Stone Tells a Story: The Performance Work of David Hammons and Jimmie Durham.  Candice's office is located in the Museum (downtown) and her extension is 428.5922.



Matthew Eaton is the new Sculpture Tech, for the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture & Foundry Building, and will be reporting directly to Charlene Teters, Interim Academic Dean. Matthew comes to IAIA with 6.5 years of foundry experience in addition to 6+ years of commercial and residential ironworks in the Albuquerque area. Matthew's workstation is located in the Foundry Building and his extension is 424.2367.


Delight Talawepi (Hopi) is the new Admissions Specialist reporting to Mary Curley (Admissions & Recruitment Director). Delight comes to IAIA with 6+ years of experience in secondary education recruitment support, plus 12+ years of experience in various administrative support positions.  Delight's office is located in the Admissions and Recruitment Office (Welcome Center) and her extension is 424.2311.


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New Mural In Caf?



IAIA Student Daniel McCoy (Muscogee Creek & Potawatomi from Oklahoma) and IAIA Alumna Topaz Jones (Shoshone/Lummi from Duck Vally Nevada) created a mural for the IAIA Caf?, entitled:


"Romanticized Indian Taco, Rest in Peace"


With the healthier options available at the caf?, and IAIA's commitment to better eating and lifestyles for our students, Daniel felt that it was time to put the legendary Indian Taco to rest -- at least in a ceremonial way.



Dr. Martin's remarks reinforced the school's intention to provide healthy food, sourced locally by our vendor Bon App?tit -- to help our students develop and continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives.


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Upcoming Events



 Now - May 16, 2015 - IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

South Gallery

Future Tellers: IAIA 2015 BFA Exhibition

     Closing Reception: May 15 | 5-7pm


Now - May 31, 2015 - IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Hall + Honor Galleries

You Are On Indian Land - Guest Curator: Erin Joyce


 Now - July 31, 2015 - IAIA  Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Anne & Loren Kieve Gallery

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

April 16 - May 7 - Proximal:   Senior Graduating Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, IAIA Campus - Opening Reception, 
April 16, from 5-7 pm

April 16 - Santa Fe Reads "My Favorite Poems" for National Poetry Month, CLE, IAIA Campus -- featuring readings by Mayor Javier Gonzales, Dr. Robert Martin, Jon Davis, and more, 6 pm.

April 17 - May 3 - "Fertile Ground":  Student Erotic Art Show - Academic Building, IAIA Campus - Opening Reception April 17, 
from 6-9 pm

April 20 - Performance Poetry Bootcamp - CLE, 12 pm

April 27 - #NaPoWriMo Showcase - CLE, 12 pm

April 28 - IAIA Campus Library Reading with Jamie Figueroa & Dana Levin, 4 pm 

April 29  IAIA Performing Arts Department End of Semester Showcase, Auditorium, Library & Technology Center, 7 pm

May 2 - IAIA Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts-Allan Houser Art Park, 2-4 pm

May 2 - Grand Opening Event - IAIA Disc Golf Course, 10 am

May 5 - IAIA Campus Library Reading with Jon Davis, 4 pm

May 8 - Powwow Trail:  Men's Chicken Dance, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - 2nd Floor Project Space, 12-1 pm

May 9 - 5K Campus Run, 9-10 am

May 9 -  Powwow - Dance Circle, IAIA Campus, 11 am

May 9 - Graduate and Alumni Lunch, CLE Commons, 11:30 am

May 10 - Jam Fest Music Festival -- Dance Circle, 11 am - 8 pm

May 15 - Commencement Rehearsal - Dance Circle, 11 am

May 15 - IAIA BFA Student Exhibition Closing Reception, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, South Gallery, 5-7pm

May 16 - 2015 Commencement - Dance Circle, 11:00 am

May 30 -  Chaos to Complexity:  Creative Collaboration, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - Allan Houser Art Park, 2-4 pm
 Ma y 30 - July 31, 2015  - IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

South Gallery

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Photographer:   Jason S. Ordaz

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