e-Newsletter | July/August 2015   

Entertainer Quetzal Guerrero
The Dinner in the Lumpkins Ballroom
IAIA Alumna Crystal Worl at the dinner
The Silent Auction at La Terazza

Laura Harris, LaDonna Harris, W. Richard West, and Kevin Gover at MoCNA

Model Elysé Arias

Model Cassidy Kahler
Taos Pueblo designer Particia Michaels

IAIA Alumni at the Indian Market Luncheon

"Breakfast with The Boards"

Meryl McMaster making her presentation in the South Gallery

2015 Scholarship Dinner & Auction
 IAIA held its annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction at La Fonda on the Plaza on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.  This event helped raise critically needed scholarship funds that assist our students in reaching their academic and artistic goals.  This year's event raised over $160,000.00!  This represents a 13% Increase over last year's dinner -- and makes it the most successful Scholarship Dinner in IAIA's history, according to IAIA's Director of Institutional Advancement, Alex Shapiro.  Our guests had the opportunity to mingle with noted artists and IAIA students -- and acquire some marvelous art. 
The evening began at 5:00 p.m. with a reception and silent auction in La Terraza.  The dinner was held at 6:30 p.m. in the
Lumpkins Ballroom

The entertainment was produced by noted artists Virgil Ortiz ( Cochiti Pueblo) and Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo)-- with Rose preforming along with Ehren Kee Natay (Santo Domingo Pueblo/ Diné) and Quetzal Guerrero.  A live auction was held after dinner, where some amazing art was purchased, including a glass work by the internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly, and a painting by noted IAIA Alumnus Nocona Burgess.


Indian Market Week Activities

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts held many activities during the weekend, including a panel discussion "LaDonna Harris: the Art of Self Determination", featuring LaDonna Harris, Laura Harris, W. Richard West, and Kevin Gover -- moderated by Museum Membership & Program Manager Andrea Hanley. 

The Indian Market Haute Couture Fashion Show was held Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m.  Event Producer Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Blackfoot/Siksika) is an art curator and art historian and is currently teaching art history at IAIA. She initiated SWAIA's first official fashion show in August 2014 and she again organized the fashion show for the 2015 Indian Market.  Some of the designers featured in the show included:  Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock).  At the age of 22, Okuma became the youngest artist in the history of Santa Fe Indian market to win Best of Show, which would become the first of her five Best of Show awards. (Three from SWAIA and two from the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market).  Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree) is an award winning artist who uses organic fabrics, as well as recycled leathers, furs, and trims, in vibrant colors. Melding her passion for hip-hop culture with her aboriginal heritage, she creates a unique, fresh look with an urban-Native twist. B.Yellowtail Designs (Crow/Northern Cheyenne) embraces the experience of breathing new life into ancestral knowledge with modern-day experience, and seeks to redefine Native-inspired design. Dorothy Grant (Haida) has been an internationally renowned contemporary fashion designer for over thirty-two years. In 1988, Grant became the first designer to merge Haida art and fashion utilizing her formal training at the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design. The driving force behind her clothing designs is "empowerment, pride and feeling good about oneself."  

IAIA held its 2015 Alumni Luncheon on Friday, August 21, 2015, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.  IAIA has graduated more than 3,800 students, representing more than 90% of the 562 federally-recognized tribes, since opening over 50 years ago.  More than 20% of IAIA alumni have gone on to earn a graduate degree. Many alumni enjoy successful careers in the arts right here in Santa Fe.  IAIA alumni are an important part of the extended family. Being an alumnus is to be part of an illustrious creative community. One of the best ways to tap into that community and make it stronger is to stay involved. It's a chance to network, renew old friendships and start new ones.

The Sorrel Sky Gallery on Palace Avenue hosted "Breakfast with the Boards" during Indian Market Week. Guests of honor included  Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne), IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Director Della Warrior (Otoe-Missouria), Autry National Center of the American West President and CEO W. Richard West Jr. (Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation), Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Kevin Gover (Pawnee), and Santa Fe Indian Market Chief Operating Officer Dallin Maybee JD (Northern Arapaho/Seneca).  

As part of their numerous activities especially designed for Indian Market Week, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts held Artist Gallery Sessions. Artists Meryl McMaster (Cree), Andrea Carlson (Anishinaabe/European), and Yakita Fields (Cherokee/Creek/Osage) joined curators Lara Evans (Cherokee) and Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Choctaw) to discuss their current exhibitions and practice.  The program was hosted by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Chief Curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit).

Joy Harjo during her set
Joy Harjo

Adrian Wall

IAIA Night at
Santa Fe Bandstand

IAIA alumna, author, poet, and sax player extraordinaire
Joy Harjo ( Mvskoke)  played an entrancing set on the Santa Fe Bandstand on August 19, in a show sponsored by IAIA. Santa Fe Bandstand is a free summer music festival on the Santa Fe Plaza.  Backed by great players including Larry Mitchell, Richard Reed, Howard Cloud, and Robert Muller, Joy delivered a truly moving set.  The IAIA Admissions and Recruitment (OAR) Team was on hand to spread the word about the school and all of the wonderful class offerings at IAIA -- and the great events that take place on our campus. A special thanks goes out to renowned sculptor and musician -- IAIA alumnus Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo) who was kind enough to perform during the intermission of the show.


Incoming IAIA Students during Orientation.
Fun and Games during T-Bird Days!
During Renovation.
Work in Progress. 
IAIA Board of Trustees Chairman
Loren Kieve 
Candice Hopkins
Monty Little
"Usurp" - Monty Little

Clarissa Rizal weaving her first Chilkat robe entitled "Sea Grizzly" for a Chief in North Vancouver, B.C.
Linda Hogan
Clarissa Rizal
Layli Long Soldier

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe and guests

Fall Semester Begins -- Orientation 

T-Bird Days -- the Orientation Program for new students joining the IAIA Family, took place August 10-14.  T-Bird Days are a great opportunity for students to visit the IAIA campus before the start of the semester. They learned about their degree path; got registered for classes; met students, staff, and faculty; and got to know some of their fellow new students. There are always lots of fun activities planned! IAIA offers fun, supportive, and exciting orientation programs for first-year students. They are provided with interactive transitional support, information, and tools that will prepare students to become members of the IAIA academic and creative community.      
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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Opens Second Floor Gallery 

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) opened its new permanent collection gallery on August 21, 2015.  The new 1,670 square foot gallery increases the museum's exhibition capacity by nearly one-third. The space for the gallery was made available due to the 2010 relocation of the museum's National Collection of Contemporary Native Arts to a state-of-the-art facility on the IAIA campus.
This second floor wing renovation was made possible through a generous gift from Loren and Anne Kieve in honor of their parents, Pauline and Rudolph Kieve and Ruth and David Hughes -- and through their love for art.  Opening night, the gallery was christened the Kieve Family Gallery.  Loren Kieve (Cherokee) is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IAIA.
Inaugurating the Kieve Family Gallery is the exhibition Visions and Visionaries organized by MoCNA Chief Curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit).  Drawing from the strength and diversity of the permanent collection, the works enable us to see the world through different eyes and highlight the role of the visionaries in IAIA's history who forged new paths that IAIA continues to follow to this day. Collections tell particular stories -- in this case it is the development of Native art in the American southwest in the 1960s and its evolution into a national movement today. The collection is a testament to the continual risk-taking and innovation that has shaped IAIA, and in turn, MoCNA. The exhibition will showcase both well-known and lesser-known artists.

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts holds the premier collection of contemporary Native art in the world from Native American, First Nations, and other Indigenous peoples. There are  over 7,500 artworks in the collection, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, contemporary apparel, textiles, cultural arts, new media, and installations.  Many prominent artists of our time are represented in the collection such as Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi), George Morrison (Chippewa), Allan Houser (Apache), Helen Hardin (Santa Clara Pueblo), Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk), and  Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), to name a few.     
IAIA Alumni Awards
  IAIA Alumni Monty Little (Navajo) and Clarissa Rizal (Tlingit) are part of the 12 artists who will comprise the Tulsa Artist Fellowship's (TAF) inaugural class, as announced by George Kaiser Family Foundation. The class includes artists from nine different states, who specialize in weaving, sculpting, installations, painting, and public art. Possessing a wide variety of experiences and talents, the fellows will be immersed into the local art scene through gallery shows, community-wide art festivals, and First Friday Art Crawls. 
  A Tulsa-based artist recruitment and retention program, TAF offers a generous package to early- and mid-career artists. The selected artists will receive a stipend ranging from $15,000 to $40,000 and, in most cases, free housing and studio work space. The program seeks talented and diverse voices to support Tulsa's expanding arts scene. The fellowship will begin on January 4, 2016 and will last for approximately 12 months.
Monty Little is a painter who has exhibited in a diverse array of galleries and received numerous awards for his talents in painting, mixed media, and printmaking. His achievements include being named a member of the 2015 SITE Scholar Program and multiple publications in the Tribal College Journal and Institute of American Indian Arts and Design Wave: The Function of Art. Little earned dual bachelor degrees in creative writing (poetry) and studio arts (printmaking and painting) from IAIA in 2015.
Clarissa Rizal is a full-time multi-media artist, instructor, cultural facilitator, and lecturer. As owner of Clarissa Rizal, LLC, she designs and implements traditional and contemporary art for tribes, collectors, private institutions, business, museums and galleries. As a founding board member of Artstream Alaska, Rizal has produced many events including the Dance Regalia Documentary Project, North Coast Artists' Gathering, Northwest Coast Mentorship Program, and a series of Whistlepig House Concerts.  She is an Alumna of IAIA, attending 1988 through 1989. 
For the fifth year, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) awarded its distinguished National Artist Fellowship to a new group of talented, established and promising artists. Thirteen awardees were selected from a national pool of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artist applicants who were meticulously reviewed by a panel of invited art experts. Awards were made in five art categories -- namely Visual Arts, Traditional Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, and Music. The awarded artists come from several states and the District of Columbia.

The National Artist Fellowship gives a monetary award that assists with support in order to provide Native artists the opportunity to explore and experiment with new creative projects and to further develop their artistic careers.

IAIA Alumni and Faculty winners of the 2015 National Artist Fellowship include: 

Traditional Arts
Clarissa Rizal (Tlingit)
Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa)

Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Sioux)
Laura Da' (Eastern Shawnee)
Linda Hogan (Chickasaw)

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation's mission is to promote the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures through grant making, convening, and advocacy. To date, NACF has supported more than 150 artists and organizations in more than 24 states and Native communities nationwide. To learn more about the National
Artist Fellows and NACF's work-nurturing the passion and power of creative expression, please visit: www.nativeartsandcultures.org.

IAIA Film Roundtable
Visiting Assistant Professor, Art History and Cinematic Arts Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Blackfoot/Siksita) recently held a film round-table discussion with noted filmmakers Wes Studi (Cherokee), Georgina Lightning (Cree), and Chris Eyre, (Cheyenne/Arapaho).

New On-Line MFA Journal Launches 

Mud City, an online literary journal sponsored by the Institute of American Indian Arts' MFA in Creative Writing program, is edited and produced by current MFA students with the help of faculty advisors Santee Frazier (Cherokee) and Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz Indian Tribe).  The inaugural issue features art by IAIA alumni Monty Little (Navajo) and Jamison Chas Banks (Seneca-Cayuga Tribe); poems by Cynthia Cruz, Heid Erdrich (Ojibwe), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma), Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), and Cedar Sigo (Suquamish); fiction by Lydia Conklin and Richard Van Camp (Tłı̨chǫ); creative nonfiction by Ernestine Hayes (Tlinglit), Bojan Louis (Navajo), and Wendy C. Ortiz;  and screenwriting by Sydney Freeland (Navajo).  The Mud City blog features an essay by MFA student Sasha LaPointe (Nooksack Indian Tribe) about interning at Copper Canyon Press.
The journal is intended both to help define the aesthetic of the MFA program and give students real-life experience in editing a professional literary journal. The inaugural issue was recently celebrated on the Poetry Foundation's blog www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2015/08/everything-is-in-the-language-mud-city-uses/?woo.  Mud City itself can be found here: www.mudcityjournal.com.


Dr. Caroline Trapp, from Physicians for Responsible Medicine, discusses Native Food for Life diabetes training series for Pueblo Health 

Dr. Lois Ellen Frank provides an introduction to the "Native Food for Life" diabetes training series for Pueblo Health Educators.

"Element" - Tony Lee
"Water Carrier" - Doug Hyde

Peter Himmelman
Peter and Band

Jon Davis enjoying the music

Guillermo Tilley checking his list twice for students in the campus bookstore.
Dr. Martin, IAIA president, visiting with Guillermo, IAIA bookstore manager, and Colleen, Rafter textbook consultant, during the student textbook distribution at the IAIA campus bookstore.

Razelle Benally

OAR Team and pets

Linda Lomahaftewa and Delight Talawepi

Senior Human Resources Specialist Elizabeth Lucero and Friend.

New Treadmill with student Cassandra Johnson
IAIA Continuing Education
The IAIA Continuing Education Program and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have partnered to deliver a year long Diabetes Education Training series to Health Educators from the 8 Northern Pueblos of New Mexico. The purpose of the Program is to provide diabetes education based on the scientfically-proven approach to healthy eating developed by Dr. Neal Barnard. This approach has a track record for reducing, reversing and preventing Type 2 Diabetes.


New Sculptures

In the space just South of the Dance Circle where the Hams'pek Totem Pole used to stand, a new sculpture was installed on the IAIA Campus.  Created by artist Tony Lee (Diné), it is titled "Element" and was made in 2009 of fabricated steel, powder-coated copper and paint.  The sculpture was presented to IAIA courtesy of the Artist.

Another new sculpture was installed at the Lloyd "Kiva" New Welcome Center on the IAIA Campus.  Created by IAIA Alumnus Doug Hyde (Nez Percé/Assiniboine/Chippewa), it is titled "Water Carrier", and was finished in 1979.  The piece is made of Limestone and was done in memory of T. C. Cannon.
Special thanks to MoCNA Director Patsy Phillips (Cherokee) for loaning this piece from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts to the Campus Public Art Collection. 
July Writer's Festival

The IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presented The Writers Festival from July 25-August 1, 2105. Readings by noted authors took place each night beginning at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium, located in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

Readers included:  Ramona Ausubel, Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Ernestine Hayes, Chip Livingston (Creek), Ana Castillo, John D'Agata, Melissa Febos, Stephen Graham Jones, Orlando White, Pam Houston, Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz Indian Tribe), Joan Kane (Inupiaq), Derek Palacio, Ken White, Natalie Diaz (Mojave), Manuel Gonzales, James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), Laura Da' (Eastern Shawnee), Ungelbah Davila (Diné) Kristi Leora (Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg), Lara Mann (Choctaw/Cherokee/Mohawk), Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Kateri Menominee (Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa), Marie-Helene Bertino, Ismet Prcic, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Santee Frazier, (Cherokee), Claire Vaye Watkins, and students from the IAIA MFA Program.

Additionally Grammy and Emmy award nominated singer-songwriter, stage performer, children's entertainer, visual artist, author, and TV and film composer Peter Himmelman was invited to participate in the festival;  hosting two songwriting workshops - "Sending Words Up The Food Chain (songs out of thin air and other random possibilities)" -- and performing a set of his music on Thursday, July 30.


New Book Program

With the start of the Fall semester this year, IAIA students will no longer have to worry about additional costs for textbooks for their classes.  IAIA has  implemented a textbook rental program though a vendor, Rafter, that works with the IAIA Bookstore to provide necessary textbooks to students for a fraction of their cost.  
"Financial reasons" has consistently been the number one reason students have cited for leaving the college when they are unable to return to finish their degree.  Many times this not only included not being able to afford tuition, but also meant not being able to afford the out of pocket cost for books.  And students who did not have the required textbooks ultimately fell behind in their classes, further discouraging the students and ultimately, they left. 

IAIA's CFO Larry Mirabal, and Bookstore Manager Guillermo Tilley decided to address this by exploring third-party vendor options for implementing a textbook rental program.  Having the Bookstore involved provides students with a local resource to assist them, should any issues arise.  This leaves students able to focus on learning while they attend. 
Rolling the cost of book rental into tuition is advantageous for numerous reasons.  First, it gives students far more financial aid options to cover the cost. Second, students will no longer have to scramble each semester to find out-of-pocket resources or obtain advances to buy the books they need. 
IAIA 's President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), along with Chief Financial Officer  Larry  Mirabal, made the decision to partner with Rafter, utilizing their "Rafter 360" textbook solution.  Although Rafter has other college clients all over the country, IAIA is currently the only college in the state of New Mexico that is utilizing this product.
The Rafter program synchronizes on an hourly basis with IAIA's student information system, so when students register, add, or drop a class, the system updates in real time and adjusts the quantity of required texts automatically.  All text swaps are handled in the Bookstore;  the students never have to concern themselves with shipping issues.


The Sundance Institute and IAIA 

IAIA Student Razelle Benally (Navajo/Oglala Lakota) has been selected for the Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, where she received grants for production and targeted support during a residential Lab to prepare for production of a short film. The Lab took place in Santa Fe,  July 10-14. The Lab is a highlight of the Sundance Institute's year-round work with Native American and Indigenous filmmakers and is one of the 24 residential labs the Institute hosts each year to discover and foster the talent of emerging independent artists in film, theatre, new media, and episodic content.

The Native Filmmakers Lab will be followed by the inaugural Native Writers Workshop, jointly hosted by Sundance Institute and IAIA. The Workshop will support six emerging Native storytellers including two IAIA Alumni:  Felicia Nez (Navajo) and Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee).



IAIA is partnering with the Santa Fe International Film Festival for the 2015 Festival - October 14-18, 2015.  Benefits to IAIA include 4 VIP Passes to the festival, 6 tickets to the Opening Night Gala, 25 free student tickets to festival events, unlimited student access to SFIFF Educational Events, plus 2 All-Access Passes to be awarded to Cinematic Arts & Technology students -- and intern opportunities for IAIA students.  In addition, IAIA will receive media, press, on-site, and public relations exposure throughout the festival.

AHA and IAIA  

IAIA will be a part of the AHA Festival of Progressive arts, taking place September 18-20, 2015. 
The After Hours Alliance was founded in 2010 to identify creative ways to stimulate nightlife in Santa Fe. Through round-table conversations with local music and events promoters, they began to galvanize around the belief that nightlife is most vibrant and healthy when it's driven by the energy and creativity of the arts. Events featuring music, electronic arts, theater, comedy, and performance art are the catalysts that bring people out of their homes, and this cultural enrichment also provides a social fabric that helps keep people safe.
Santa Fe has a strong arts legacy, but there is an imbalance of support and infrastructure that often favors the visual over the performing arts.
The Alliance believes that the process of creating sustainable solutions for nightlife is inextricably intertwined with Santa Fe's process of regenerating its own identity as an arts center that includes a breadth of DIY, performance-based, and community-based art activity.  Noted Native American artists  Monty Little (Navajo) , Keith Secola, Jr. (Anishinabe), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga),   and Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) have already been selected by AHA to be a part of the festival -- and with the sponsorship, IAIA will have an on-site presence for its Admissions and Recruitment (AOR) Team, and display area for works created by current IAIA students and alumni. 


 Inn and Spa at Loretto and IAIA
The Inn And Spa at Loretto has created the "Art and Soul of Santa Fe™" program to connect guests with the rich and diverse arts of Santa Fe. Revered as the #3 city for museums and galleries by Travel + Leisure, and a top 10 international city for art by Reuters.com, the City Different boasts more than 300 art galleries and 13 museums. From traditional Native American art and sculpture to local emerging artists and international masters, travelers and locals alike enjoy the city's vibrant, year-round art scene.
IAIA has partnered with The Inn And Spa at Loretto to display original artwork by IAIA Students and Alumni in several communal areas throughout the hotel, on consignment for retail. These works will remain at the hotel until a piece is sold or the artist removes the work.
In addition, the Inn and Spa at Loretto will host interested IAIA Students and Alumni in the Artist in Residence Program, wherein the artists illustrate their work in the public space. They'll do so while communicating, describing and unfolding techniques, methods and stories with guests.
Further art related events and programs such as docent tours, curated exhibitions, and artist dinners, will be created in partnership with IAIA Faculty, Students and Alumni on an ongoing basis.

IAIA Health Fair & BBQ

On June 23, IAIA held its annual Health Fair, with the theme
"Pets and their Positive Impact on Health and Wellness", organized by the Human Resources Team.  Staff and Faculty were encouraged to bring in their pets and participate in a variety of healthy activities on campus, including archery, volleyball, and more -- put together by the
IAIA Staff Council. A great time was had by all.

Activities included an archery demonstration, a health walk, a self-portrait  station, and of course -- GREAT FOOD!  

New Equipment in Fitness Center 

The IAIA Fitness Center recently received two new treadmills courtesy of a grant from the Ottens Foundation. Fitness & Wellness Director JoAnn Bishop expects to see all IAIA Staff, Faculty, and Students running five miles on them each day!

Maria Fairbanks with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin and Fran Mullin.

Kevin Red Star "Crow Parfleche" set.
Peter Kershaw
Monty Little

Jim Rivera

Neal Ambrose-Smith

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe

Student, Faculty, and Alumni News 

Maria Fairbanks (Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa Band of Lake Superior) was named the first recipient of the prestigious Allan Houser Scholarship.  Ms. Fairbanks is a sophomore majoring in studio arts (jewelry) with a minor in performing arts.  The Allan Houser Scholarship was created in 2014 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Allan Houser's birth.  Mr. Fran Mullin, a successful businessman with a large a collection of pieces by Allan Houser, was instrumental in helping to establish the endowed scholarship fund. Through his leadership, vision, and generous matching gifts, the fund is growing rapidly.  Many thanks go to The Compound Restaurant for its key role in sponsoring and hosting a wide variety of events to build and promote the scholarship.  This tuition scholarship is awarded to an IAIA student who has completed at least one academic year at IAIA, demonstrated artistic merit and financial need, is studying for a BFA in Studio Arts, and is an enrolled member of one of the federally recognized Tribes in the US.  The recipient of the scholarship will receive the Allan Houser Scholarship medallion, produced by Allan Houser, Inc.  Donors interested in contributing to the Allan Houser Scholarship Fund may contact Alex Shapiro at 505.424.2309 or at ashapiro@iaia.edu.

Kelly Engle
was appointed the Assistant to Dean Charlene Teters, effective Monday, June 15, 2015.  Kelly has been with IAIA for a number of years as Assistant to the Faculty, and had been assisting the Dean on an interim basis.

IAIA Alumni Kevin Red Star (Crow)
has released a limited edition of ten 16×20 inch pigment prints on 100% cotton, mould-made paper.  The prints have been individually inspected, signed and numbered by the artist, complete with a hand-made archival box with calf-skin spine.  This edition is limited to 26 sets which include a signed and embossed Certificate of Authenticity.  The prints in this collection span the 50-plus years of Kevin Red Star's career. The painting reproduced on the cover of the box, "Crow Parfleche", dates to Kevin's early days at IAIA.  A parfleche contained the valued possessions of nomadic Plains Indians. These folded rawhide storage bags were beautifully decorated and painted to indicate owner and tribal affiliation. They were prized objects in ceremonial and daily life.  IAIA, through an agreement with the artist, will receive a percentage of the profits from the sale of this special collection.

IAIA Faculty Member Peter M Kershaw's stop-motion animation "The Astronomer's Sun" was screened as part of the NMWIF Fiesta in Las Cruces at the Fountain Theater on Friday July 10th;  in Albuquerque at the Guild Cinema on Saturday July 11th;  and in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau on Sunday July 12th.   At the Santa Fe screening the film collected the NMWIF Best Editing Award.

Congratulations to Monty Little '15 (Diné) on winning the IAIA Alumni Award at SWAIA Indian Market. His painting "Unaccompanied Voices" was recognized by the judges as "pushing boundaries, technically excellent, and conveying a powerful human experience."

The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, the best food and wine event in the Southwest, is still crushing and roasting after 25 years.  September 23 through 27 a special weekend is scheduled featuring 75 Santa Fe restaurants and 100 world-class wineries partnering in five days of epicurean pleasure.  This year's featured artist is Santa Fe legend and IAIA Alumnus Dan Namingha -- his commissioned piece of art exclusive for the Fiesta will be one of the 36 live auction lots that include rare wines and unique wine lifestyle events. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Santa Fe's Cooking with Kids.
New Faculty

IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) has announced three new members of the IAIA faculty.

Jim Rivera, Yoeme, (Pascua Yaqui), has been named Visiting Assistant Professor, Painting/Foundation Arts.  He is an alumnus of the I nstitute of American Indian Arts, where he recieved his AFA.  He earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Painting and Interdisciplinary Arts. Jim has worked at IAIA for the past 18 years in various positions, including Adjunct Instructor -- teaching Ceramics, Painting, Drawing 2D and 3D design, and Indigenous Liberal Arts Studies classes.

Neal Ambrose-Smith, a descendent of the Flathead Salish tribe of Montana, is a contemporary Native American painter, sculptor, printmaker, and educator. He has been teaching non-toxic printmaking nationally for several years. His work is included in the collections of many national and international museums and institutions, including the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Galerie D'Art Contemporain in Chamalières, France, and Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. He received his BA in Painting from the University of Northern Colorado and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico. He is IAIA's new Visiting Assistant Professor, Printmaking/Painting.

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, Blackfoot from Siksika Nation, Alberta, Canada, has been named Visiting Assistant Professor, Art History and Cinematic Arts. She produced SWAIA's first official fashion show in August 2014 and also organized the fashion show for the 2015 Indian Market. Bear Robe has worked for organizations such as the Tweed Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Before moving to Santa Fe, she was the Director/Curator of Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, the largest Aboriginal artist-run center in Canada. Bear Robe has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Arizona and an additional Graduate degree in Native American Studies.
New Additions to the IAIA Family
Louise Blazquez is our new Career Advisor, reporting to Nena Anaya Martinez, Chief Enrollment/Retention Officer.  Louise comes to IAIA with over 15 years of experience in education, including developing, implementing, and facilitating higher education/information navigation sessions for prospective students and their families.

Steve Oizumi (Oglala Sioux) is IAIA's new Financial Aid & Scholarship Advisor in the Student Success Center, and will be reporting directly to Lara Barela Trujillo, Director, Financial Aid & Student Accounts.  Steve comes to IAIA with much experience in the area of financial aid counseling. He possesses a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western New Mexico University;  a Bachelors Degree in Operations Management and Supervision from Western New Mexico University;  and an Associate Degree in Construction Technology, also from Western New Mexico University.
Todd Spilman is our new Human Resources Director, and will be reporting directly to Larry Mirabal, the CFO.  Todd comes to IAIA with a wealth of HR experience, including 18 years in both higher-ed and the private sector.  Todd has managed human resource offices in a number of states and even internationally.  Most recently, Todd was the HR Director for the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.  He holds an MS in Human Resource Management and Organizational Strategy from Walden University; and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of New Mexico.  

Joannie Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) joins IAIA as the Assistant to the Faculty.  She posses a BA in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and has over 10 years administrative experience including positions with Pueblo de Cochiti, Santo Domingo Tribe, and Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Inc.

Jason Ordaz has been hired as the new IAIA Communication Specialist and Webmaster. Jason has done much photography and other contract work for IAIA over the past two years -- including assisting with our Facebook pages and other social marketing.  He reports to Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director.  Ordaz comes to IAIA with 15+ years of professional experience in web architecture, project management, and photographic journalism.

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 IAIA on the radio! 

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, KSFR, 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio, airs "Through Our Eyes", an IAIA-produced show examining a wide variety of issues relating to the Native American community. Hosted by Eric Davis, IAIA Director of Marketing & Communications -- the show features conversations with Native American Scholars, Artists, Tribal Leaders, and more.  You can listen the show on the radio -- or stream on your computer at KSFR.org.  Past shows are podcast on their website, so you can listen any time you'd like.




Upcoming Events

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Now through Dec. 31, 2015

Anne & Loren Kieve Gallery + Fritz Scholder Gallery
An Evening Redness in the West
Curator: Candice Hopkins
South Gallery
Meryl McMaster: Wanderings
Guest Curator: Jonathan Lockyer
Hall + Honor Galleries
Eve-Lauryn LaFountain: Waabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight)

Now - July 31, 2017
Kieve Family Gallery
Visions and Visionaries
Now - October 20, 2015
Helen Hardin Media Gallery

North Gallery
War Department: Selections from MoCNA's Permanent Collection
Guest Curator: Dr. Lara Evans

Upcoming Public Programming
Acting O U T: A Symposium on Indigenous Performance Art
December 3 - 4, 2015

On the IAIA Campus

August 31
Aritst-in-Residence Program Opening Reception for Jonathan Loretto and Glenda McKay, Academic Building -- 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

September 9

Art Rush Community Paint Exhibition Opening, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

September 11
Artist-in-Residence Program - Open Studios - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00

September 17
Scholarship Dinner, CLE Commons, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

September 25
Closing Reception - Artist-in Residence Program - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.pm

October 9-11
Digital Dome Production Workshop
  Friday:  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Saturday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

October 16 - November 6
Art in the Raw, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery
     Opening Reception: Friday, October 16, 5:00 p.m.

October 28
Food Day, Dance Circle, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

November 13
IAIA Open House

November 20 - December 8 
Graduating Senior Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery
     Opening Reception: Friday, November 20th @ 6:00pm
December 12
IAIA Winter Art Market

Editor:   Eric Davis
Photographer and Contributing Writer:   Jason S. Ordaz

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