e-Newsletter | April 2016 

First IAIA President Lloyd Kiva New Honored With A Multi-Venue Celebration Of His Life And Art On The Centennial Celebration Of His Birth

This year is the centennial of the birth of seminal Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New, and three Santa Fe arts institutions are celebrating this anniversary in style. Locally, New, a Cherokee, is known as the Institute of American Indian Arts' (IAIA) first Artistic Director and, later, President;  yet nationally, Native people refer to him as the " Godfather of Native Fashion."

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the New Mexico Museum of Art will each present an exhibition in 2016 focusing on key aspects of Lloyd Kiva New's (1916-2002) significant contributions to contemporary Native culture. Additionally, the three institutions are planning a symposium, multiple lectures, panel discussions, and fashion show. As pure celebration, a 100th birthday party which was held on February 18, 2016, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

For the past two years, the museums have worked to honor New's iconic status with many items on view from their respective holdings, from his widow Aysen New's collection, and items rarely on public display from important private collections.

First to open was the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art's Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence which draws on three major themes of his legacy, each tied to his innovative concepts in Native art and culturally-based education.  Lloyd Kiva New: Art includes paintings by New from his personal collection, completed between 1938-1995, many never before shown in a museum or in a gallery. Lloyd Kiva New: Design presents the artist as an innovator of Native Modernism through fashion and textile design in an interpretive reproduction of the Kiva Studio--New's successful 1950s showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Lloyd Kiva New: Influence features over forty printed textiles created by IAIA students during the 1960s and 1970s under New's artistic direction--drawn from the permanent collection of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Additionally, patrons will be able to "create" their own designs based on New's work, through an interactive display created by New Mexico's leader in interactives, IdeumLloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence hopes to illuminate Lloyd Kiva New's artistic abilities, his successful fashion career, and profound impact on contemporary Native art. This exhibition is open January 22, 2016-July 3, 2016 (the North Gallery will remain on view through September 11, 2016).

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture's (MIAC) career retrospective A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New runs February 14, 2016 through December 30, 2016. A New Century is a mesmerizing look into New's storied life from his humble beginnings on the family farm in Oklahoma to the burgeoning days at IAIA. In between he strides the decks of the USS Sanborn during World War II and the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening successive and successful boutiques and craft centers in the gleaming post-war enclave of Scottsdale, Arizona. New was a pioneer in the worlds of fashion, entrepreneurship, and Native art instruction. His vision of cultural studies and creative arts education continues to influence and inspire. Through personal recollections, photos, archival documents, and objects pour la couture, this exhibition reviews the life of an American Indian visionary.

The New Mexico Museum of Art's exhibit Finding a Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA (May 20 through October 10, 2016) showcases artwork by former and present IAIA faculty and alumni demonstrating the contribution these artists have made to the larger field of contemporary art. This exhibition includes work by IAIA faculty and alumni from the 1960s to the present, such as Fritz Scholder (Luseño), T.C. Cannon (Kiowa/Caddo), Melanie Yazzie (Navajo Nation), Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole/Muscogee/Navajo), and Will Wilson (Diné). In his teaching, New encouraged looking at innovative techniques and forms as a path to creating contemporary Indian art. Looking at the issues of identity still being raised in contemporary Native American art, it is clear that the artwork of the 1960s and 70s began a conversation that continues to this day.

Additionally, IAIA and MIAC will jointly present a symposium, "The Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation" in October of 2016. The convocation will be an interdisciplinary look at the contemporary Native art movement. Other activities planned include fashion shows, panel discussions, lectures, a Veterans' Day event, and additional special programming in conjunction with Indian Market in August.

IAIA will also offer a class "Lloyd Kiva New and the Contemporary Native Art Movement" in the Fall 2016 semester, taught by IAIA archivist Ryan Flahive and various guest lecturers.

This multi-venue celebration of one of Native American arts' key figures will attract and introduce people from around the world, and throughout New Mexico, to the breadth, depth, and creativity of contemporary Native American art as envisioned by Lloyd Kiva New.

Native American Icon John Trudell Passes Away

John Trudell (Santee Dakota: February 15, 1946-December 8, 2015), was an author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, broadcasting as Radio Free Alcatraz. During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movement, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After his pregnant wife, three children, and mother-in-law were killed in 1979 in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada, Trudell turned to writing, music and film as a second career. He acted in films in the 1990s. The documentary Trudell (2005) was made about him and his life as an activist and artist.

Trudell was a great friend of IAIA, speaking at our commencement ceremonies in 2007 and 2012.

IAIA Alumna, and noted musician and poet Joy Harjo (Mvskoke), wrote a moving tribute to Trudell which was published on December 10, 2016 on the Indian Country Today website. The full piece can be seen at Indian Country Today Media Network.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Honored

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) was recently honored by First American Art Magazine. As they put it: "The year 2015 marked a stellar one for Indigenous arts of the Americas. We could have easily doubled this list with so many strong, major exhibits and new art venues breaking ground." To see the Top 10 Native Art Events, as selected by First American Art Magazine's advisors and writers, visit .

MoCNA was honored for their public program, Acting Out: A Symposium on Indigenous Performance Art. First American Art Magazine noted: "On December 3rd and 4th, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture collaborated to host the first gathering of Indigenous performance artists. The symposium included workshops, panel discussions, and video screenings and culminated in a performance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center by Rebecca Belmore (Anishinaabe), James Luna (Pooyukitchum/Luiseño), Sheila Tishla Skinner, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Chicano). Lori Blondeau (Cree/Saulteaux/Metis), Merritt Johnson (Mohawk/Blackfoot), Peter Morin (Tahltan Nation), and Adrian Stimson (Siksika) were some of the luminaries that participated in this historic gathering of performance artists, who often work in relative isolation compared to artists in other genres." Following the performances at the Lensic, a keynote discussion was held with the performers and led by writer, activist, and curator Lucy Lippard.

IAIA Artists-in-Residence (A-i-R)

IAIA recently began a well-received Artists-in-Residence (A-i-R) program, which continues into 2016. IAIA students, staff, and faculty, along with the public, get an opportunity to see a working artist "at work" in the studio discussing their art while creating it.

March 25-April 22, 2016, IAIA will be visited by Rory Wakemup (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) a multidisciplinary artist whose work turns the script of cultural appropriation on its head, and Natalie Ball (Modoc and Klamath Tribes), an indigenous artist who examines internal and external discourses that shape Indian identity through contemporary art.

Funding for the IAIA Artists-in-Residence Program has been generously provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

New Publication: The Sound Of Drums: A Memoir Of Lloyd Kiva New

Kudos to IAIA archivist Ryan S. Flahive whose most recent book was published earlier this month. The Sound Of Drums: A Memoir Of Lloyd Kiva New was released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Written by Lloyd Kiva New himself, edited by Ryan S. Flahive, and published by Santa Fe's Sunstone Press, The Sound of Drums is a personal look at the celebrated artist, fashion designer, and educator. An important figure in Native American art, design, and education, New inspired thousands of artists and students during his career. His humble beginnings in rural Oklahoma awakened an obsession with nature and a connection to his Cherokee roots a connection he sought to strengthen throughout his life.

Lloyd Kiva New's story is told through a series of personal anecdotes and supplemented by historic photographs and relevant appendices. New's life was one of the Greatest Generation-he experienced first-hand the Great Depression, the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and the struggles of a Native man in an assimilationist society. The Sound of Drums is the memoirs of a man who helped put Scottsdale, Arizona, on the map as an arts and crafts center and a successful commercial artist who gave up fame and fortune to teach art to Native youth at IAIA. The story of Lloyd Kiva New, in his own words, is one of inspiration, creativity, and a life-long search for meaning. New held a broad, humanistic approach to the arts, stressing creative modern expressionism in the arts but urging students not to be bound by prescribed stereotypical notions of American Indian art and culture.

New encouraged IAIA students to use their Native heritage as an inspirational springboard to create contemporary Indian art. He envisioned IAIA artists in a dialog between two cultures, their indigenous heritages and the non-indigenous contemporary mainstream, and believed Native artists could make a contribution to the contemporary art world. In 1968 New "Given the opportunity to draw on his own tradition, the Indian artist evolves art forms which are new to the cultural scene, thereby contributing uniquely to the society in general."

Editor Ryan S. Flahive was presented the opportunity to work on the project by New's widow Aysen New, who worked on the memoir independently for nearly a decade. Flahive's work on The Sound of Drums included editorial tasks as well as adding supplementary materials from New's personal papers held in the IAIA Archives, including photographs, artwork, speeches, and writings. Flahive feels that this book is "the best and most effective way to tell his story and solidify his legacy. It is my hope that this volume will extend the legacy of Lloyd Kiva New in perpetuity and that other students, scholars, and writers will come to know, understand, and teach his message to generations to come."

IAIA Student Health Services

Did you know that students have a primary care clinic right here on campus?! Student Health Services are here to support students in the changes and challenges they face as they pursue their educational goals. It is staffed by a NM licensed Family Nurse Practitioner Barbara Rose Gregory. IAIA contracted with PMS to provide this service on a part time basis. There is no charge for their services.

Student Health Services provides urgent care, primary care, and health promotion services. The nurse practitioner can evaluate and treat many problems; or she may recommend you see a specialist for more extensive evaluation. If you need a medication refill-make an appointment; she can renew the prescription if it is appropriate.

Student Health Services would like to display student art that helps express the relationship between creativity and wellness. Their waiting room is a perfect place. Contact Barbara Rose Gregory at barbararose.gregory@pmsnm.org if you are interested in providing art or have any questions.

Student Health Services hours this semester are Monday through Wednesday from 1-5 pm. You can drop by or call (505) 428-5962 or (505) 670-9611.

IAIA Receives PNM Grant

IAIA was awarded a 2015 PNM Reduce Your Use Grant to purchase 115 LED Lamps for the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery in the Academic Building.

Many of the halogen bulbs that were in use in the Balzer Gallery were fading and producing less light while still consuming the same amount of energy. By replacing the 115 halogen bulbs in the Balzer Gallery, it is estimated that energy use will decrease by 3-5% in the Academic Building. In addition, the extra energy that is used to cool the gallery space during the summer months would also decrease, since LED lamps produce less heat than halogen bulbs.

This is the second PNM Reduce Your Use award for IAIA. In 2014 the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts received funds to replace halogen bulbs with LED lamps in the galleries.

IAIA Partners With Amazon Smile

Purchasing through IAIA's unique Amazon charity link can increase donations to the IAIA Foundation. Amazon features a large variety of merchandise, including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more. The more you use the link throughout the year, the more money is donated to IAIA.

This link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0377684, plus your Amazon account ID and password, will help the IAIA Foundation fund scholarships and provide much-needed assistance to IAIA students. Learn more about supporting IAIA.

2016 IAIA Senior Graduating Exhibition

The Senior Graduating Exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, the seniors develop exhibitions and worked closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students, to realize their artistic visions.

Seniors include Amanda Beardsley (Hopi/Laguna/Choctaw), Terrance A. Clifford (Lakota), Carly Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes, Okanagan/Arrow Lakes), Russell Frye (Tesuque Pueblo), Sam Atakra Haozous (Chiricahua Warm Springs Fort Sill Apache), John Michael Herrera Jr., Kristin Kaye (Diné), Lee Palma (Comanche), Seth Picotte (Lakota Sioux), Journeyway Price (Crow), Sarah Stock, William R. Thoms (Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation), Carmelita M. Topaha (Diné), August Walker, Shondinii Walters (Diné), Kuakea 'O. Yasak (Hawaiian/Japanese/Filipino/German).

Opening reception on April 22, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm

IAIA MFA Readings

IAIA announced a series of monthly readings by noted IAIA students and alumni in the IAIA Library taking place on February 16, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3, 2016, at 4 pm in the Library and Technology Center (LTC).

For more information about the readers, see IAIA MFA Library Readings

IAIA Alumna Walks the Red Carpet

It's been a whirlwind year for Melaw Nakehk'o (Dene), who was cast in the Alejandro Iñárritu-directed film The Revenant following an open casting call in Yellowknife last year.

The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass and is set in the northern United States, generated much Oscar buzz, something that Nakehk'o says is "very exciting."

Nakehk'o, originally from Fort Simpson, N.W.T., plays an "Arikara warrior" named Powaqa. Nakehk'o said that the film offers a realistic portrayal of First Nations in the year 1823, when it was set. "I think it's probably the truest portrayal of that era," she said.

Nakehk'o, who is not only an actress, but a co-founder of indigenous activist group Dene Nahjo, also complimented the lengths that production staff went to in finding indigenous characters to play the roles, unlike the recently-released-and universally derided- Ridiculous 6, which stars Adam Sandler as a First Nations character.

"It's a huge Hollywood film, and it was really amazing to see the lengths that they went on this film to have indigenous actors and indigenous talent playing these parts."

IAIA Alumni Win Big at Heard Indian Fair and Market

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Alumni took home an extraordinary number of prizes at the recent Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, which took place March 5 and 6, 2016, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The juried competition was held on March 4, 2016.

The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair is a world-acclaimed cultural event that draws nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the nation's most prominent and successful American Indian artists each year. The Heard Market welcomes traditional and cutting-edge contemporary artists as well as developing artists that may be selling their art alongside their more-established relatives. All proceeds support the museum's mission of educating the public about the arts and lifeways of Indigenous peoples of the Americas with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.

Nineteen IAIA Alumni collected twenty-nine awards in total which represented 22% of the awards given. Included in the list was the Best of Show winner IAIA Class of '01 Alumna Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), who along with Glendora Fragua (Jemez Pueblo/Walatowa) took home the top prize for their collective piece "Pueblo Luck"-the pair also received the prize for Best of Class: Pottery. On her own, Naranjo was also awarded the Guild 60th Anniversary Theme Award: Contemporary Pottery, plus three other awards.

IAIA Alumni and Constituent Relations Manager Chee Brossy commenting on the the success of the IAIA Alumni, said "Our alumni have been successful in many fields of art, and the awards at the Heard Market this year have again shown their broad range."

Student, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni News

This newsletter edition includes a feature that highlights the excellence and accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

IAIA's students, faculty, staff, and alumni are consistently involved in research, scholarly, and artistic activities, that help to further IAIA's outstanding reputation.

Some recent professional accomplishments include:

IAIA Student Receives Sundance Fellowship

Razelle Benally (Navajo Nation) was one of two individuals who received a Narrative Short Film Production Fellowship from the Sundance Institute. The fellowship included a grant for production and also provided pre-production mentorship and workshops as well as post-production services. "I'm almost done with my film" stated Razelle. "It stars MorningStar Angeline (Navajo, Shoshoni, Blackfoot, Nez Perce, Chippewa Creek), Ehren Kee Natay (Kewa/Santo Domingo), and Ernest Tsosie (Navajo), and its called ' I Am Thy Weapon'".

At left is a group photo of the Native and Indigenous Program participants taken at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 in Park City, Utah.

IAIA Faculty Member's Film Selected by Kids First! Film Festival

Following screenings in NY city, Peter M. Kershaw's short film The Astronomer's Sun has been selected for distribution by the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Screenings of the film will be available to more than 50 venues that partner with KIDS FIRST! and will be include as part of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic for two years. Additionally, Kershaw's stop-motion animation film has been selected to screen in the 4th Annual Philip K. Dick Festival to be held in NYC this January 14-17, 2016. Peter's new film, Night's Dark Agents, started its festival life in December at the Santa Fe Film Festival.

IAIA Student of the Year

Ron Martinez-Looking Elk (Isleta Pueblo) has been selected as IAIA's 2016 Student of the year. This award is sponsored by the American Indian College Fund. Ron is a junior majoring in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He has maintained a high academic grade point average while also engaging in extensive leadership and community service activities on-campus, within his tribal community, and in Santa Fe. Ron says he loves his IAIA experience in the classroom and the library.

IAIA Alumnus Dr. Gerald McMaster named Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice

Groundbreaking curator, author, artist and educator Dr. Gerald McMaster has been named Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. McMaster has held prestigious curatorial positions at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. In 2006 he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. McMaster also teaches undergraduate courses in OCAD University's Indigenous Visual Culture program Criticism & Curatorial Practice program (INVC) and leads a graduate seminar in exhibition issues in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program.

IAIA Student Exhibition

March of 2016, the Center for Contemporary Native Art at the Portland Art Museum will present its second exhibition featuring the work of Demian DinéYazhi' (Diné) and Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena/Jewish). Together, these artists will frame themes of gender, sexuality, and identity through the lens of their respective Indigenous cultural perspectives and traditional practices. Their work in the new Center will demonstrate their commitment to survivance, defined by Anishinaabe scholar Gerald Vizenor as Indigenous self-expression in any medium that tells a story about an active Native presence in the world now.

Survivance is more than mere survival-it is a way of life that nourishes Indigenous ways of knowing. DinéYazhi' and Spitzer will create a transdisciplinary and multimedia space that reaffirms their dedication to cultural revitalization through language and social engagement-a contemporary and radical act of survivance.

New Additions to the IAIA Family

Jessica Mlotkowski is our new Public Services and Cataloging Librarian. Jessica reports to Valerie Nye, Library Director, and has a Masters of Library Science degree. Her wealth of experience includes work as a Library Assistant and Testing Center Instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, Digital Program Research Assistant at North Carolina State University, Librarian I at New Orleans Public Library, and NEH Digitization Grant Project Librarian at LSU. We know she will be a great addition to our community! If you haven't yet met Jessica, be sure to stop by the library and say hello.

We'd like to welcome another new member to the IAIA community. Locv Kegadonce Tarpalechee, a baby boy born on February 10, 2016, to proud parents Mary Deleary (Deshkan Ziibiing Anishinaabekwe) and Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee Creek). His first name means Turtle, and his middle name means Great Speaker. Congratulations!

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Upcoming Events

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Exhibitions
January 22-July 31, 2016
Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence

January 22-July 31, 2016
Forward: Eliza Naranjo Morse

August 20, 2015-July 31, 2017
Visions and Visionaries

April 7-May 14, 2016
2016 IAIA BFA Exhibition

February 15-July 31, 2016
IAIA Student Filmmaker Showcase
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Happenings
April 8, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Natalie Ball and Rory Wakemup-Talk
Arts Studio and Project Lab
April 29, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
3rd Annual Interaction in Art or the Art of Ping Pong
Allan Houser Art Park
May 13, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
2016 IAIA BFA Exhibition-Reception
South Gallery
IAIA Happenings
April 5, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
IAIA MFA Library Readings-Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Amy Maki

April 5, 4:00 pm-4:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Natalie Ball and Rory Wakemup on "Through Our Eyes" KSFR Radio Show
KSFR, 101.1 FM

April 6, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Natalie Ball and Rory Wakemup-Open Studio
Academic Building

April 11, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
IAIA Performing Arts-Daystar Rosalie Jones Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Center for Lifelong Learning Commons

April 19, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
IAIA MFA Library Readings-Virginia Gaffney, Monique Sanchez, and Rose Simpson

April 21, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Natalie Ball and Rory Wakemup-Farewell Reception and Open Studio
Academic Building

April 21, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
2016 "My Favorite Poem"
Center for Lifelong Learning Commons

May 3, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
IAIA MFA Library Readings-Collestipher Chatto, Jennifer Love, and Barbara Robidoux

May 14, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
2016 IAIA Commencement Ceremony
Dance Circle

Newsletter writer, editor, and contributing photographer: Eric Davis
Contributing photographer: Jason S. Ordaz
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