e-Newsletter | October 2016 

A Letter from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin

Dear IAIA community,

I am pleased to share some exciting news occurring at IAIA. This week, after more than five years of discussions, planning, designing, and fund raising, the construction of an innovative Performing Arts and Fitness Center building will begin. The building will be 23,000 square feet in size and feature a block box theatre, a rehearsal studio, a green room, a costume shop, a large multi-purpose classroom/studio space, a regulation gymnasium with hardwood basketball court, locker rooms, and a new fitness center. In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, the building will incorporate large windows for natural lighting and LED interior lights and solar energy to the extent that is economically feasible. It will be located south of the LTC Building, which is in close proximity to the Residence Center, but still near the center of campus. For additional information, please review a copy of the design floor plan set-up near the entrance to the library.

The Performing Arts and Fitness Center was identified as a priority in our 2010 Campus Master Plan. The unique design of the building will enable IAIA to deliver two very important programs to our students under one roof, maximizing construction dollars and taking advantage of shared building resources. As many of you know, Performing Arts was a thriving program at IAIA before being eliminated in the 90s due to severe federal budget reductions. There is strong demand for the program and we believe IAIA is best positioned to fill that need. Our goal is to create a unique BFA in Performing Arts taught from a Native perspective. The health and wellness of our students is also a priority--and the new building will dramatically expand our fitness and wellness programs for students. Given the high rates of obesity and diabetes among Native American communities, we hope that by promoting fitness and wellness among our students at IAIA, healthy living patterns will be sustained for a lifetime.

The official groundbreaking for the project is scheduled during our Open House at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 9th. Since we are funding this project with a combination of private and public funds, some of which had to be obligated by September 30, a mini-contract was executed for site preparation and utilities installation work that will begin immediately. The primary construction contract will start later, following the groundbreaking. An advantage of this approach is the concrete slab for the building will be in place before the onset of cold weather, expediting the construction process.

During the mobilization process, Jaynes Construction staff will bring in fencing, an office trailer, develop detailed site surveys, and install underground utilities. Due to the location of the site, we anticipate minimal disruption to the campus during the construction process. If specific issues arise, please contact James Mason, our Facilities Director.

Best regards,

Dr. Robert Martin
(Cherokee Nation)

IAIA Annual Open House and Groundbreaking Ceremony

IAIA will be holding its Annual Open House on November 9, 2016, from 2:00 until 6:00 pm. The day's events will feature a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Center Building at 4:00 pm, hosted by KOAT's Royale Dá, and including several celebrity guests and speakers. Additionally, Honey Harris from 98.1 Radio Free Santa Fe will be on-site doing a live broadcast from 3:00-5:00 pm.

A wide variety of on-campus activities will take place, highlighted by a Bronze Pour at the Allan Houser Sculpture and Foundry Building on campus at 3:00 pm.

For more information and to view a schedule, see the website and Facebook event pages.

IAIA Fall Senior Exhibition and Opening Reception

Senior exhibitions will be located at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery. Exhibitions will be on display from November 18-December 7, 2016. Exhibitions are free and open to the public-refreshments served.

The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, the seniors develop exhibitions and work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students, to realize their artistic visions.

IAIA Fall Seniors
  • Frank B. Andrews III (Colville Confederated/Diné)
  • David Beams (Choctaw)
  • Nicole Lawe (Karuk)
  • Cheena Lujan (Santa Ana Pueblo/Santa Clara Pueblo)
  • Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band of Potawatomi)
  • Nami Okuzono
  • Damian Price (Isleta Pueblo)
  • Carmen Selam (Yakama/Comanche)
  • Samantha Tracy (Diné)
  • Joslyn Werner
  • Charletta Yazzie (Diné)

For more information and to view a gallery of photographs, see the website and Facebook event pages.

GO Bond C

This November, voters throughout New Mexico will be asked to approve more than $131 million to 29 colleges and universities, including IAIA, by supporting General Obligation Bond C (GO Bond C). For many of our state's colleges and universities, General Obligation Bonds are their only source of funding that allows for the upgrade and modernization of buildings and facilities, and voter support of this year's bond will not raise taxes. In Santa Fe County, $5.5 million will create 55 new jobs-- IAIA would receive $2 million for the Performing Arts and Fitness Center.

For more information about GO Bond C, see Vote on Higher Education Bond C.

IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Series Continues

Due to the popularity of the A-i-R Program, IAIA continues this series of residencies which began in August 2015.

Demian DinéYazhi' (Zuni/Diné), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota/Austrian/Norwegian), and Liselotte Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) will be in residence November 11 through December 9, 2016.

For more information and to read artist biographies, see IAIA Artist-in-Residence.

IAIA Holiday Art Market--Call for Artists

IAIA is seeking artists for the IAIA 10th Annual Holiday Art Market from 9 am-4 pm. Saturday, December 10, on the IAIA campus. All alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other Native American artists are welcome to apply for a booth. Booth spaces are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, fill out the online application, or contact IAIA Alumni and Constituent Relations Manager Chee Brossy (Diné) at (505) 424-5704 or cbrossy@iaia.edu.

For additional information, please see 2016 IAIA Holiday Art Market.

IAIA Students Raise Funds for Standing Rock

Organized by IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing student Barbara Robidoux, the event took place in the auditorium and featured readings by noted authors Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Toni Jensen (Metis), along with a presentation by Ricardo Caté (Santo Domingo Pueblo). The event also featured a show of artwork for sale in the lobby outside the auditorium, with paintings created by kids from Standing Rock School brought back by the IAIA students who recently visited the site. All support collected and proceeds from the sale of the art will go to benefit the Sacred Stone School--Defenders of the Waters--at Standing Rock.

IAIA MFA Program Scores Big in 2015 The Best American Essays

IAIA MFA Faculty Mentor Claire Vaye Watkins, IAIA Alumna Terese Marie Mailhot (Seabird Island Band), and IAIA Student Kathryn Wilder have essays listed among the 2015 Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction in  The Best American Essays.

Congratulations to all!

IAIA Student Wins Prize at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Student Razelle Benally (Navajo/Oglala Lakota) won Best Student Short Film at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, for her film I Am Thy Weapon.

When asked to comment on her win, Razelle had this to say: "I'm very grateful for the people who supported the film and have been a part of it from the very beginning. Thank you to Sundance Film Institute for supporting my film endeavors. This film is dedicated to those who have gone before us to the other side. It's important we honor the passing of loved ones and I'm thankful being able to promote health and healing through this film."

Lloyd Kiva New Convocation

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cherokee artist and educator Lloyd Kiva New, IAIA presented the Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation on October 27 and 28, 2016, on the IAIA Campus.

The Convocation was the final event of 2016 celebrating the birth of Lloyd Kiva New, following a collaborative exhibition program between IAIA, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Programming during the Convocation included discussions of Native art education, Native art practice, artist biographies, and case studies surrounding the Contemporary Native Art Movement. Stephen Fadden (Mohawk), MA, was the keynote speaker.

IAIA Professor Part of Native Voices at the Autry

Jay B. Muskett (Navajo) is a writer, director, and occasional thespian from Nakaibitoi, New Mexico, located on the Navajo Nation. He is a graduate from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, and the University of New Mexico, having earned two BA's in Theatre and Media Arts. Among numerous performances on stage, Muskett also co-directed the short-film Yes is Better than No which was an AIFF selection in 2008. He is currently Adjunct Faculty at the IAIA. His play Dance focuses on three generations of Navajo women as they confront climate change in their drought-stricken community, and is part of the Autry program.

Muskett is one of the Native American playwrights from across the United States to explore environmental issues such as climate change and pollution, legal debates surrounding borders and resources, and personal and spiritual connections to land. Are we doing enough to preserve the homelands of the First Peoples? To preserve our planet? One of the plays submitted to the Autry will receive the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award, and a $1,000 cash prize!

Elementary Students Visit IAIA

IAIA Office of Admissions and Recruitment (OAR) hosted 85 elementary students from Eva B. Stokley Dual Language Program and Naschitti Elementary. Both schools are located in the New Mexico Four Corners area. Our young guests explored the IAIA campus, saw demonstrations in our Fabrication Lab, and experienced the awe of the Digital Dome. They also had the opportunity to meet current IAIA students during a student panel and hear about the student's interest in the arts.

In an effort to encourage fostering the arts, our guests participated in a hands-on activity with model clay. The Stickball Club and Archery Club also took time out to show our guests how to shoot arrows and play stickball. The Eva B. Stokley Dual Language Program students shared their traditional Navajo dances with our IAIA community in a session during the day-long visit. OAR would like to thank the IAIA community for their participation.

Are you interested in scheduling a tour? Go to visit.iaia.edu and schedule a tour today. View a gallery of photographs of the site visit on Facebook.

Two IAIA Students Receive "Spirit of Sovereignty" Scholarship

IAIA Students Jacob T. Frye (Tesuque Pueblo) and Charletta D. Yazzie (Navajo) received the Spirit of Sovereignty: Advancing the Fundamentals of Self-Determination scholarship this month.

"The Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship will help me fulfill my dream of becoming an art teacher. The Sovereignty scholarship will not just help me but the community of Tesuque Pueblo and the rest of the world. Thank you so much for your support."
--Jacob Thomas Frye, studio arts major.

"Without this award, I could not afford to come back to IAIA next semester. This is my last semester as a senior here at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and I know that this scholarship will help more students in the future. Thank you for this opportunity and it was a great honor to receive this award."
--Charletta Yazzie, studio arts major.

For more information, see Two IAIA Students Receive "Spirit of Sovereignty" Scholarship.

IAIA Students Impress in the Duke City Marathon

Several IAIA students participated in the Albuquerque Duke City Marathon. IAIA students' impressive results are listed below:

Half Marathon (13.1 Miles, 1,158 Runners)
  • LeRoy Grafe: 1:44:02, 126th Over all; 13th in Age Group
  • Amber Byars (Mississippi Band of Choctaw): 2:18:48, 656th Over all; 53rd in Age Group
10k (6.2 miles, 531 Runners)
  • David Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo): 46:23; 42nd Over all; 6th in Age Group
5k (3.1 miles, 789 Runners)
  • Echota Killsnight (Northern Cheyenne/Cherokee Keetoowah): 25:24; 88th Over all; 6th in Age Group
  • Alexis Estes (Lower Sioux Indian Tribe): 28:08; 149th Over all; 6th in Age Group
  • Avis Charley (Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux): 30:01; 225th Over all; 8th in Age Group

IAIA Fall Scholarship Awards Night

IAIA hosted its Fall 2016 Scholarship Awards Night on September 15, 2016. More than 130 scholarship recipients, family, donors, and invited guests attended a dinner catered by Bon Appetit to recognize 535 scholarship recipients representing 32 contributing donor organizations totaling $541,738 in awards.

IAIA would like to thank the donors, administration, faculty, and staff for making the Fall 2016 Scholarship Awards Night a success, and, congratulations to the Fall 2016 scholarship recipients!

See a list of donors and photographic views from the event on the website and Facebook.

Et Cetera

Et cetera contains photographs of happenings related to IAIA--be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site.
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) honoring keynote speaker and IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Student Dwayne Joe (Navajo Nation) at the recent Fall Scholarship Awards Night.
IAIA Cabinet members take IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin out to lunch to celebrate Boss's Day.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts hosted a Roundtable Discussion with US Senator Tom Udall and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities William Adams. The purpose was to allow stakeholders an opportunity to offer perspectives on education, research, preservation, and access relative to Native American history and culture.

L to R: IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), Senator Tom Udall, IAIA Assistant Professor Felipe Colon (Laguna Pueblo) (in back), IAIA student Amy Red Horse, Associate Professor Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation) and (partially hidden) IAIA Archivist Ryan Flahive.
Dickinson College Dean Joyce Bylander visited the Academic Dean's Student Gallery on Thursday, October 20, 2016. She immediately spotted a painting she liked, met the artist, Anthony Gchachu (Zuni), and is reported to be very happy with her purchase.
IAIA Staff during the week-long Food Day celebration.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) hosted a panel discussion at the recent Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums International Conference, entitled "Socially Engaged Practice: Collaboration and Dialogue with Native American Museums and Artists." The focus of the discussion centered on the impact collaborations between large and mid-sized museums and artists can deliver with IAIA's socially engaged art projects.

(L to R) MoCNA Membership and Program Manager Andrea Hanley, NMAI Outreach Program Coordinator Keevin Lewis, MoCNA Director Patsy Phillips, and Multi-Disciplinary Artist and MoCNA Social Engagement Art Resident Steven J. Yazzie.
September Artist-in-Residence artists Jason Garcia (Okuu Pín-Turtle Mountain), Luke Parnell (Nisga'a/ Haida), and Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi), in front of the Hams'pek Totem Pole at the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts during a recent presentation.
Depending on the point of view, what may be a hero to some, may be an antihero to others. IAIA students, staff, and faculty artwork from the Superhero Antihero exhibition was on display through November 2, 2016, in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery.

This year's Grand Prize and First Place winner was IAIA Student Avis Charley, a contemporary ledger artist of the Ihanktonwana Dakota Oyate band of the Oceti Sakowin and Diné (Navajo) Nation. Her painting named "Woman of Nation" done in acrylics is a portrait of her cousin at Standing Rock. It was seen as a pointed example of the theme.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Exhibitions

MoCNA Happenings

October 18-November 1, 2016
Volunteer Training

October 18, 2016-January 31, 2017
Docent Training

Thursday, November 10, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
MoCNA Skype with the Curators

Thursday, November 17, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Thursday, December 8, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Coffee + Cup Making + Chief Curator

IAIA Happenings

Thursday, November 3, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
A-i-R: Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble--Farewell Reception

Friday, November 4, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Frank Waln and the Sampson Brothers
IAIA Digital Dome

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Open House and Performing Arts Building Groundbreaking Ceremony
IAIA Campus

Friday, November 11, 2016
Veterans Day
IAIA Closed

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4 pm
MFA Fall Reading with Ginger Gaffney and Barbara Robidoux

Friday, November 18, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition--Opening Reception
Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery

General Information

IAIA's mission is to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach.

Visit the IAIA website at www.iaia.edu for up-to-date information, or for questions and inquiries please conact us at iaiacommunications@iaia.edu.

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About IAIA

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies, and a graduate degree in Creative Writing, the Institute of American India Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and it's the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Newsletter writer, editor, and contributing photographer: Eric Davis

Contributing writer, editor, and photographer: Jason S. Ordaz
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