e-Newsletter | May/June 2015   
2015 Commencement Procession

Commencement Speaker
Luci Tapahonso

Members of the IAIA Class of 2015

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin

2014 Scholarship Dinner and Auction Guests on La Terazza

Donated art by Jody Naranjo

2015 Commencement

Despite a day that featured weather that varied from snow and bitter winds to brilliant sunshine, the 2015 IAIA Commencement Ceremony was a joyous celebration.  Multi-award winning poet, and the first Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation, Luci Tapahonso, gave a moving commencement address to the graduating students, IAIA Faculty and Staff, and guests on Saturday, May 16. 


In addition, Associated Student Government President Jamelyn Ebelacker (Santa Clara Pueblo), who graduated with a BFA in New Media Arts, gave a powerful speech during the ceremony, on behalf of the IAIA graduating class of 2015.

Commencement MC, IAIA Faculty member Porter Swentzel (Santa Clara Pueblo), began the ceremony by introducing Faculty member Stephen Fadden (Mohawk Nation) to perform the invocation.  After a ceremonial Flag Song, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), IAIA President, provided the President's Welcome. 


Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) introduced the Faculty of the Year, Mark Herndon;  then the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Loren Kieve (Cherokee), introduced the remaining members of the board and recognized the special guests in the audience.


The introduction of the students and Conferring of Degrees followed, including the conferring of 15 MFA Degress in Creative Writing -- the first year that this degree program graduated students.

Stephen Fadden returned to give the closing blessing and the crowd enjoyed a marvelous post-ceremony lunch.  Despite the weather, a grand time was had by all.

IAIA President,  Dr. Robert Martin called the event "an especially beautiful ceremony in celebration of the academic accomplishments of our graduates representing 28 tribal nations.  It also was a historic day for IAIA as we awarded our first graduate degrees, which enhances the college's creativity legacy".

More 2015 commencement photos can be seen here.



2015 Scholarship Dinner & Auction

IAIA is proud to present its annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction at  La Fonda on the Plaza  on  Wednesday, August 19, 2015 .  This event helps raise critically needed scholarship funds that assist our students in reaching their academic and artistic goals.  Last year's event raised over  $140,000!   Plus, guests will have the opportunity to mingle with noted artists and IAIA students -- and acquire some marvelous art. 

The evening will begin at  5:00 p.m.  with a reception and silent auction in  La Terraza .  N ew this year is a curated small works auction, especially designed for the collector who doesn't have room for larger works.  The small works will be in a special area of the silent auction and will be sold by a "drop box drawing" method rather than bidding.  Shown at left is one of the first items pledged for this special collection from  IAIA alumna Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo).   

The  dinner will begin at  6:30 p.m.  in the  Lumpkins Ballroom .  A live auction will present the opportunity to bid on amazing art, including a glass work by the internationally renowned artist  Dale Chihuly.   Check the  event page  o n our website frequently for images of the donated items for the silent and live auctions.  T he event sells out every year, so if you haven't already done so, please  click here  to sponsor a table  or purchase tickets.  If you have any questions, call us at 505.424.5730.   We're looking forward to seeing you on  August 19th .  Thank you for your support!

2015 IAIA Spring Powwow

2015 IAIA Spring Powwow

IAIA 2015 Powwow

The 2015 IAIA Spring Powwow took place on Saturday, May 9, on the IAIA campus.  Despite unseasonably cold weather, a large audience enjoyed the traditional drumming, dancing, songs, and competitions.   Nocona Burgess  (Comanche Tribe), IAIA Student Activities Coordinator, was instrumental in putting together this wonderful event. 

The  Powwow Staff:  H eadman:  Beau Tsatoke  (Kiowa), 
Headlady:  Tayloure Baker  (Mandan, Hidatsa, Creek), Head Southern singer:  Matt Taptto  (Kiowa), Head Northern singer:  Delvin Toya  (Jemez) & Red Bear Singers, Head gourd:  Waylon Ballew  (Northern Cheyenne/Lummi), MC:  James Edwards  (Pawnee/Northern Cheyenne/Comanche), and AD:  Aaron Frye  (Cherokee/Chickasaw).

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Museum Director
Patsy Phillips

Luci Tapahonso with IAIA Marketing and Communications Director
Eric Davis

IAIA 2015 Ambassador
Alberta Nells

Two Big Awards for MoCNA

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) was recently recognized by  Trip Advisor  with a  Certificate of Excellence  based on ratings provided to them by visitors to the museum.  This prestigious award can only be earned through consistently great reviews posted on the "world's largest travel site", according to T rip Advisor.

Additionally, MoCNA was named number 32 of " The 50 Most Amazing College Museums" by the  College Rank Website.  According to the site, "The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has the country's only museum dedicated to the progressive work of Native artists. The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts contains galleries dedicated to exceptional Native artists including the  Lloyd Kiva New Gallery,  Allan Houser Art Park,  Fritz Scholder Gallery and  Helen Hardin Gallery."

Museum Director  Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation) acknowledged the recognition by these two important publications by saying:  "All this stellar recognition would not be possible without the support of the IAIA  Board of Trustees, President Robert Martin, staff, faculty, donors, members, artists, and others. The museum didn't seek out this national attention, but received these awards as the result of visitor feedback. It shows that we're focused and always doing what's best for IAIA and contemporary Native arts. I also credit stable leadership -- President Martin has headed up the college for nearly eight years and I have directed the museum for nearly seven.  It's amazing what an organization can do with stability, dedicated staff, and supporters. We have much work to do and never rest on our laurels."

At top left, are photos of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts courtesy of the museum.

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Santa Fe's Favorite Poems


On Thursday, April 16, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate  and UNM Professor Luci Tapahonso produced a free event at IAIA's CLE  Commons --  Santa Fe Reads "My Favorite Poems" as a celebration  of National Poetry Month.  Luci invited a slate of guests to read some of their favorite poems to a very appreciative audience.

Readers included (pictured at left, L-R) Mayor Javier Gonzales, Charmay Allred, Shelley Thompson, Luci Tapahonso, Oliver Prezant, Rev. Kay Anders, Kelly S. Egolf, Dr. Mary Hasbah Roessel, MD, Kate Powell, Chuck Calabreze (aka Jon Davis), Dara Elerath, Dr. Robert Martin, Peyton Ellis, and Jessica Bicoll.

The event was presented by The Univeristy of New Mexico and IAIA.





IAIA's New Ambassador

On April 30, a competition was held on the IAIA campus to select the IAIA Ambassador for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The IAIA Ambassador represents the Institute by creating and strengthening positive relationships with the greater community through educational and service activities.  The IAIA Ambassador also receives support and funding to work on a community initiative of their choice.   

Ms. Alberta Nells was selected as the IAIA Ambassador for the upcoming school year.  Alberta is Dine' and Chiricahua Apache, she is of the Wondering People Clan and Born for Salt Clan. She is originally from Hard Rock, AZ but she resides in Flagstaff, AZ and is currently a junior majoring in Indigenous Liberal Studies

Her talent was singing a traditional blessing way song.  Alberta is a strong promoter and a believer in higher education -- especially through tribal colleges.  This year at the 2015  AIHEC Student Conference  in Albuquerque, Ms. Nells was the team captain of the  IAIA Hand Game Team  that took 3rd place.  She also won the  Hand Game Best Spirit Individual Award .

Dean of Student Life,  Carmen Henan   (Eastern Shoshone),  had this to say: "Alberta is an energetic young native woman, who is well spoken and whose smile and laughter is contagious.  She is a true ambassador for IAIA."


Princess Daazhraii Johnson

Academic Dean
Charlene Teters

JoAnn Lynn Balzer

New Board Member, New Dean, New Doctor



On April 23, 2015, The President of the United States Barak Obama appointed Princess Daazhraii Johnson to the Board of Trustees of IAIA.  IAIA became one of three Congressionally chartered colleges in the United States in 1986, and due to this status, all appointments to the Board of Trustees are made by the current President of the United States. 


Mrs. Johnson is Neets'aii Gwich'in from Alaska.  She works closely with her home village of Vashrąįį K'oo and is an advocate for environmental and social justice issues for Alaska Native people.  


She received a BA in International Relations from George Washington University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a focus on Ecojustice.  Mrs. Johnson lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband, James, and their sons.

Loren Kieve (Cherokee), the Chair of the IAIA Board of Trustees had this to say about the appointment:  "On behalf of my fellow trustees, we are delighted to have someone of Princess Johnson's stature and qualifications join our board, and we look forward to working with her in guiding the Institute."



Interim Dean  Charlene Teters ( Spokane) has accepted the position of Academic Dean after a lengthy search by the committee.  Teters, a nationally-known artist, activist, and educator, has a long relationship with IAIA, dating back to 1984 when she first attended as an undergraduate.  


Teters graduated in 1986 with an  Associate of Fine Arts in painting. She then attended the  College of Santa Fe (now  Santa Fe University of Art and Design), graduating with a  Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting in 1988. In 1988, she began graduate studies at the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Art and Design, graduating with a  Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. Teters also holds an  honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from  Mitchell College in  New London, Connecticut.

She is a founding board member of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media (NCRSM), which was created to fight the powerful influence of major media who choose to promote messages of Native American oppression. Holding demonstrations and marches outside numerous sports stadiums across America, the NCRSM has influenced the education effort on racial stereotyping and made it a household discussion topic. 


She was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, near the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), President of IAIA remarked:  "I thank Dean Teters for her commitment to IAIA and her readiness to step forward to assume this prominent leadership position for the Institute as our Chief Academic Officer."




The 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Westminster College of New Wilmington, PA, included the conferring of an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Science, honoris causa, to The Honorable JoAnn Lynn Balzer '63, Trustee of the Institute of American Indian Arts.  


JoAnn Lynn Balzer is a Santa Fe, New Mexico, community leader with more than twenty years of non-profit management, museum, and fund-raising experience. She has long been a supporter of the contemporary expressions of Native American arts and an advocate for Native American and other Indigenous cultures around the world.  


Her passion for advancing Native American art and advocating for Indigenous cultures around the world led her to growing a contemporary Native American collection of her own, so prominent that it was recognized as "one of America's top 100 collections," by Arts and Antiques Magazine.  In 2014, IAIA named a gallery for JoAnn and her husband for Native American student art, The Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery.


In 2010, she was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate as a Trustee at IAIA.


IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin commented:  "JoAnn's service and contribution for more than 30 years has made huge differences at IAIA. This past year, due to Bob and JoAnn Balzer's generosity, the student gallery was renovated and expanded -- and named in their honor."


Dwayne Joe with
Mats Reiniusson
Terran Kipp and
Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer 

Monty Little with 
James Stevens

James Lujan

(L to R) Sydney Isaacs,
Razelle Benally, Linda McDill and Tyisha Mitchell

Ben Calabaza teaching The Journey to Success: Your College Experience at Santa Fe Indian School Brave Girls Program 

Stephen Wall, J.D. (back row, 2nd from right), with most of the participants in his Continuing Education Indigenous Research Methodologies Workshop. 

The Business of Art with Nocona Burgess (2nd from left) at Zia Pueblo Nocona Burgess, Comanche artist and businessman, offered a this customized Continuing Education workshop at Zia Pueblo for internationally known artists.

Food for Life Workshop at Taos Pueblo: a Continuing Education Diabetes Education Program Series

Testing out the new IAIA Disc Golf Course

Right in the basket!

Cinematic Arts professor
Peter M. Kershaw

Filmmaker Dwayne Joe
(Courtesy of Aric McCabe)

IAIA students Lee Palma and Tania Larsson at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Dr. Robert Martin and Luci Tapahonso with their hosts at the "Supra"
IAIA Student Recognition and Awards


On Thursday, May 7th, IAIA held a Community Gathering to present Student Recognition & Awards.  IAIA students received awards from all Academic areas of study -- plus all departments throughout campus.  The MC for the event was IAIA Student Activities Coordinator Nocona Burgess (Comanche Tribe).


Presenters included:  Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree of The Little Pine First Nation), Studio Arts;  Mats Reiniusson, Cinematic Arts;  Porter Swentzel (Santa Clara Pueblo), Indigenous Liberal Studies;  James Stevens (Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe), Creative Writing;  Daniel Banks, Performing Arts;  Russel Stolins, Business, Entrepreneurship and Academic Technology;  Mary Curley (Navajo Nation), and Nena Martinez Anaya, Admissions and Recruitment;  Val Nye, Library;  Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Choctaw Nation), Museum of Contemporary Native Arts;  Jesse Ryker-Crawford (Minnesota Chipewa Tribe) and Felipe Colon (Laguna Pueblo) Museum Studies;  Jamelyn Ebelacker (Santa Clara Pueblo), Associated Student Government;  Dean Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone), Student Life;  Leah Boss (Laguna Pueblo), Student Success Center;  and Ron Solimon (Laguna Pueblo) and Charlene Carr (Laguna Pueblo), Center for Lifelong Education.  


Award winners were too numerous to list, but pictured at left is a few of the deserving students.




Student Filmmaker  Awards


The IAIA 2nd Annual Student Filmmaker Award Ceremony was held on May 13th.  Cinematic Arts & Technology Chair James Lujan (Taos Pueblo) welcomed the audience and kicked-off the ceremony.  


The ceremony was well-produced and included clips of all the nominated films.  In addition to the prizes awarded by the department, Linda McDill, President of New Mexico Women in Film, awarded  one-year membership to the organization to students Razelle Benally (Navajo Nation),  Tyisha Mitchell, and Sydney Isaacs (Tlingit).

A special thanks to this year's judges: 

Linda McDill, President, New Mexico Women in Film

Elizabeth Weatherford, Head of Film and Video Center, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Dirk Norris, Executive Director, New Mexico Film Foundation

David Bunting, UK-based, Award-Winning Animator, Producer, Story Artist and Educator

Ruud Satijn, Amsterdam-based Director and Writer

Fern Seiden, Artist and Filmmaker

Daniel Banks, Ph.D., IAIA Performing Arts Instructor

Andrea Hanley, Program Manager, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Shawna Sunrise, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Kyle Joe, Filmmaker, Teacher and '14 IAIA Alumnus




 Heritage Hotels and IAIA


IAIA has Developed a promotion with

Heritage Hotels & Resorts to provide the opportunity for some of our students and alumni to do "Artist Rooms" - custom designed and painted by the artists themselves.  They will also provide us with a percentage of room revenues for the "Artist Rooms" and host an annual open house/art market event to celebrate IAIA and the artist rooms at Nativo Lodge.


Additionally they will offer exclusive Museum of Contemporary Native Arts packages and tours to their guest and provide a 20% discount rate at all Heritage Hotels & Resorts to IAIA Staff, Faculty, and Students.

Visit their website at Heritage Hotels & Resorts.




The Sundance Institute & IAIA 

The Sundance Institute and IAIA announced a new collaboration -- The Sundance Institute + IAIA Native Writers Workshop for aspiring Native American screenwriters, July 15-19 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

The Native Writers Workshop, a five-day intensive summer writing workshop will take place at at IAIA's Department of Cinematic Arts and Technology.

Dr. Robert Martin  (Cherokee Nation), President of IAIA, said, "The collaboration between The Sundance Institute's Native and Indigenous Program and IAIA speaks well for our mutual goals and mission to provide these kinds of artistic, cultural and educational opportunities to aspiring Native American filmmakers. IAIA nurtures our students' rich cultures and traditions in many different artistic disciplines; and one of the most vital is the art of filmmaking. These writing workshops will inspire participants to hone an important skill, which will enhance their ability to tell compelling stories through film."

"American Indians have been, and continue to be, the most underrepresented and misrepresented community in film and television," says James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), Chair of IAIA's Cinematic Arts & Technology program.  "We're hoping the workshop will provide a foundation for emerging Native writers to create meaningful stories that have the power to resonate with a wide audience."  To learn more about the Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program visit sundance.org/native.



IAIA Continuing Education Program

The Continuing Education Program at IAIA, not yet a year into development, has successfully launched with an array of courses and workshops that address the needs of and requests from New Mexico's Pueblos, as well as some from the Santa Fe community-at-large. The Continuing Education Program empowers creativity and leadership in Native cultures by providing critical non-credit education services to Tribal Nations to enhance their capacity for self-sufficiency. The Program offers culturally sensitive, integrated approaches to economic, health, education, and human resource development through its community-based collaborative initiatives. The Continuing Education Program focuses its efforts primarily on collaborations with New Mexico Pueblos and Tribes based on their self-identified needs, with some emphasis on the expressed interests of our local Northern New Mexico communities in participating in the IAIA Continuing Education Program, according to Program Developer Marth Bectkell, IAIA Continuing Education Manager.


The IAIA Continuing Education Program launched last January with a college readiness course, The Journey to Success: Your College Experience taught by Ben Calabaza (Santo Domingo Pueblo), exploring ways that the students could familiarize themselves with the transition from home/reservation life to college life.  The course was so successful that it will be offered throughout the Pueblos beginning this Fall. 


In addition, Continuing Education has the great pleasure to announce the establishment of a partnership with Physicians for Responsible Medicine (PRM). Through this partnership sponsored by PCRM, Continuing Education will collaborate to offer a Diabetes Education and Training Program called Food for Life to all 8 Northern Pueblos of New Mexico. This Program kicked off in Taos Pueblo last April and will continue with a gathering of 55 Diabetes educators at IAIA who will begin training in the Program that is proven to reduce and reverse Type 2 Diabetes. IAIA Continuing Education and PCRM are committed to securing additional funding in order to deliver the Program to all 19 Pueblos of New Mexico over the next three years. 


Another milestone in the Continuing Education launch was a workshop taught by Stephen Wall, J.D., (Chippewa Tribe/White Earth Reservation) titled Indigenous Research Methodologies. The Workshop included Tribal Planners, archivists, researchers and a human organization development scholar.  Requests are coming in to deliver an expanded version of this workshop to Tribal communities, as well as those working with Indigenous people in all settings.  Steve says, "Indigenous Research is coming to be seen as research that is defined, controlled and conducted for the benefit of the Indigenous community. In the Workshop we will look at what makes Indigenous methodologies Indigenous and why that matters".


Additionally, Continuing Education will offer a range of art and writing courses offered by well-known Indigenous artists and writers on the IAIA Campus. Included in the on-campus offerings will be Dome Production with Mats Reiniusson. In this class students will get in on the cutting-edge of this new creative space and technology and learn how to create art for the full Dome.


For a full listing of courses being offered, click here.



On May 2nd, IAIA hosted a grand opening event to christen our new disc golf facility and officially open it to the public.   All registrants received a custom stamped  Gateway  disc of their choice and were provided an opportunity to play the brand-new course. The event, hosted by the IAIA Associated Student Government (ASG) and Health and Wellness Department was  free  and open to all disc golfers, visitors, and community members. 


The purpose of the IAIA Disc Golf Course is to offer a fun, healthy, and lifelong recreational opportunity for IAIA students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community. Developed as a component of the college's health and wellness curriculum, disc golf is a game that can be played by all ages and genders. The course was designed by  David McCormack  of  Gateway Disc Sports  and is a prime example of high desert disc golf. Rolling hills and subtle elevation change are prominent features among groves of cedar, juniper, and cacti.  Program organizer  Ryan Flahive  says that "the IAIA course is the only private membership-based disc golf course in New Mexico.  Members will enjoy a quality disc golf experience, the opportunity to eat at our Bon Appétit Café, (always open to the public during business hours), and enjoy the beautiful artistic amenities of our growing college campus."


Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, a player throws a specialized flying disc, similar to a Frisbee®, into a supported metal basket. The goal is the same: to complete the course in the fewest number of shots. The trees, shrubs, cacti, and terrain changes in and around the course present various challenges to the player. For more information on the IAIA Disc Golf Course click here. 


Student, Faculty, and Alumni News

The short film  20 Ways,  a satire on profiling in AZ;  w ritten, produced, and directed by Cinematic Arts professor and MFA student  Peter M. Kershaw,  has just been awarded the Silver Palm for narrative short drama in Mexico at the Mexico International Film Festival.  Additionally, Peter was awarded the Ann Filemyr Humanitarian Award at the 2nd Annual IAIA Cine Student Filmmaker Awards.



Cinematic Arts and Technology student Dwayne Joe (Navajo Nation) is directing an upcoming documentary  Big Sister Rug, about the world's largest hand-woven Navajo rug.  Production will starts soon, and Joe is currently fundraising for traveling expenses for himself and the two other IAIA students that will be assisting him:   Echota Killsnight  (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and recent graduate  Ramona Emerson (Diné).   To help Dwayne with his fundraising campaign click here.    To read an article on the project from the Farmington Daily-Times click here.   This project is a part of Dwayne's senior thesis at IAIA.  



I AIA students Lee Palma and Tania Larsson (Gwich'in) participated in the  Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Artist Leadership Program.   They spent time at the 
NMAI Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland, where they conduct research and documentation in the collections, consulted with curators, conservators, archivists, librarians, and other museum professionals. It surely was an incredible and life changing and professional experience!


During a presentation in the CLE, Lee and Tania shared their experience with the IAIA community.  Tania explained their some of their time was spent using  modern replication techniques
to recreate animal hide tanning artifacts in the museum's collection so that they can be used again today.   Using laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques,  she collected images of the objects -- mostly hide tanning tools, as well as harvesting tools like fish spears -- from multiple angles to create digital models with the same dimensions. After scanning, she stitched the images together using 3D modelling software to create objects that can be printed using a 3D printer. The 3D printed models, which are made out of gypsum, are then used as reference models to build identical tools out of more traditional materials, such as bone and antler.   An article about the experience from  Vice Magazine's Motherboard can be found  here.  
I AIA Alumna  Loni Manning '06 was recently named the Graduate Writing Fellow-Writing Program Instructor at the David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. Additionally, she is expected to receive her PhD in with an emphasis in ECS, Education, Culture and Society (emphasis on Native American Studies), in the 2016-17 academic year.  Previously she received  her MA in Communications: Intercultural Communications and Journalism from Young  University in 1986, and her BA in  University Studies (Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Recreation, English) from  Brigham Young University in 1976, and her AA i n Applied Science, Graphic Communications/Photography from Utah Valley University in 1978.


 Barbara Miller (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) another IAIA Alumna, recently received her BFA and a BA in Mass Communications from Elizabeth City State University, NC.




During a recent trip to Georgia (part of the former Soviet Union), IAIA President  Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) and his wife, Poet  Luci Tapahonso (Navajo Nation) were honored by the Akaki Tsereteli State University Departments of English and Humanities with a "Supra" - a traditional Georgian feast replete with toasts with the local wines and traditional foods from the region. Dr. Martin called it "a most memorable evening".


New Additions to the IAIA Family


Victor Vlad is the new Maintenance Utility Tech in the Facilities Department and will be reporting directly to James Mason, Facilities Director. Victor comes to IAIA with 20+ years of experience in general maintenance. Most recently he worked general maintenance for Lockwood Constructions of Santa Fe. Vlad's work station is located in the Facilities Department.
Neal Ambrose-Smith is the new to the IAIA faculty.  He has expertise in Printmaking, Painting, Digital, Business of Art, and Art History. Due to Jeff Kahm's sabbatical in the Fall, he will be working with the advanced painting students, our largest enrollment area, and the printmaking studio.  Neal has an  MFA from the University of New Mexico in  Printmaking, and a  BFA from the University of Northern Colorado in  Painting.  

Jim Rivera, an IAIA Alumnus, will be teaching Painting, Drawing and Senior Studio Art Seminar.  He holds an  MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art in  Painting/Interdisciplinary Arts;  a  BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in  Critical Theory/Interdisciplinary Arts;  and an  AFA from IAIA in  Ceramics.

Joanna Bigfeather, an IAIA Alumna, will be teaching all levels of Ceramics and working with the Seniors in Ceramic and Sculpture.
She holds an MFA from the State University of New York, Albany in Ceramic Sculpture; BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz;  and an  AFA from IAIA  with an e mphasis on printmaking and ceramic sculpture.  



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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


June 13 & 14 Currents International Media Festival at the IAIA Digital Dome - 2:30-6:00 p.m.  http://currentsnewmedia.org

June 20 & 21 -  Currents International Media Festival at the IAIA Digital Dome - 2:30-6:00 p.m.  http://currentsnewmedia.org

Now - July 31IAIA 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

South Gallery 

Julie Buffalohead:  The Truth About Stories

Now - August 7 - IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Helen Hardin Media Gallery 

Turtle Island Rising: Past and Futures Program II

from imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival


Now - December 31 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

North Gallery

War Department:  Selections from MoCNA's Permanent Collection


Saturday July 25 - Saturday August 1 - IAIA Auditorium

The Writers Festival Summer 2015 Edition
For the complete schedule  click here.

August 19  LaFonda on the Plaza
2015 IAIA Scholarship Dinner & Auction - 5 p.m.

August 21 to December 31 - IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Anne & Loren Kieve Gallery + Fritz Scholder Gallery

An Evening Redness in the West

South Gallery

Meryl McMaster: Wanderer

Hall + Honor Galleries

Eve-Lauryn LaFountain: Waabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight)

August 20-  Late Summer/Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. 


August 21, 2015 - July 31, 2017 - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Permanent Collection Gallery

Visions and Visionaries


August 21Allan Houser Art Park

New Audiences for Native Films: Native Cinema Showcase Film Panel + Reception:  5-7 p.m.

August 22 - Allan Houser Art Park

Artist Gallery Sessions - 10-12 p.m.

Gallerist and Collector: Where do they Meet? - 1-2 p.m.

LaDonna Harris: The Art of Self Determination

Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series - 3-5 p.m.

August 22-23 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Portal 

 I AIA Student and Alumni Art Market - 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

August 23  -  Allan Houser Art Park

Cherokee Book Signing + Discussion - 11-12 noon

Joy Harjo Book Signing + Discussion - 1-2 p.m. 


Editor:   Eric Davis
Photographer:   Jason S. Ordaz

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