eNewsletter | August/September 2018
2018 President’s Convocation
On August 30th, The President's Convocation and Prayer Circle officially started the Fall 2016 Semester. Beginning in the Dance Circle, Dean Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone) welcomed the attendees, then Tina Sparks , Alvin Sandoval (Diné), Jolene Eustace (Zuni/Cochiti), and Bryson Meyers (Chippewa Cree/Lakota/Dakota) offered prayers to the four directions.
The assembled then gathered in the auditorium for comments by  IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin  (Cherokee), and a wonderful keynote speech by noted writer and Interim Director of the IAIA MFA in Creative Writing Program, Dr. Jennifer Foerster (Muscogee [Creek] Nation of Oklahoma) -- which was followed by an honoring ceremony for her.  Dr. Jessie Ryker Crawford (White Earth Chippewa) and Jennifer Love gave the audience an update on the Pathways program and student success, and Dr. Martin acknowledged the newest members of the Faculty and Staff in attendance. Lunch in the Dance Circle completed the ceremony. Happy Fall Semester to everyone!
New IAIA PSA By Roy Grafe
IAIA has had a Public Service Announcement running on local Comcast cable systems for the past few years. View the newest version here .

 IAIA Alumna Sydney Isaacs (Tlingit), ’16 Named IAIA/WGBH Fellow On PBS KIDS Series Molly of Denali

Seasonal Workshop at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Shawna Shandiin Sunrise (Diné/Kewa) '97

IAIA Announces the Fall Series of Continuing Education Classes

This Fall, IAIA Continuing Education has introduced a range of courses that suit interests and pursuits of the IAIA community and tribal students and communities. Some highlights of this Fall include the  Stunt Workshop with Eugene Brave Rock (Kainai Nation), stuntman from  The Revenant  and actor from  Wonder Woman on October 27th -- and the  Deaf Awareness in Native Communities workshop to be held at IAIA during Deaf Awareness Month on October 19 th . If you have ever thought of a career as a stunt performer or wanted to learn more about issue affecting Native Deaf communities past and present, come check out these courses. There are also a number of courses offered in professional development, personal enrichment, film and television, and computer science and technology. Many courses are offered for free and some course are available through web conferencing. For more information, and to register, go to www.iaia.edu/ce or call 505.424.2308.
GO Bond D
IAIA is seeking $800,000 in funding. To learn more:
IAIA Alumni Participate in new show “HUMBLE” at Bronx Artspace

Razelle Benally (Lakota/Diné) ’17, April Holder (Sac & Fox) ’08, Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce/Assiniboine), Jacinthe LeCornu (Haida), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) ’11, Dylan McLaughlin (Diné) ’11, Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’07, Hoka Skenandore (Oneida/Luiseño) ’06, Douglas TwoBulls (Oglala Lakota) ’06, Marty TwoBulls (Oglala Lakota) ’11, Micheal TwoBulls (Oglala Lakota), Rory Wakemup (Ojibwe) ’09, and Micah Wesley (Kiowa/Creek) ’09, are all part of the show HUMBLE , which opened on September 1 st and runs through October 13 th .

For more information, visit www.bronxartspace.com .

Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.


Portland Book Festival Hosts IAIA Alumni Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho), ‘17, Terese Marie Maihot (Seabird Island Band), ’17, Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), ’09, Trevino Brings Plenty (Cheyenne River Sioux), ’18, and Laura Dá (Eastern Shawnee / Seneca / Miami) ‘99 along with movie and TV star Tom Hanks . For more details, click here .



Boderra Joe (Diné) ’16 received a 2018 NMPA Better Newspaper Contest award for Sports Writing for her work with the Gallup Sun .


IAIA MFA Alumnus Joaquin Zihuatanejo ’17, had his book, ARSONIST , the winner of the 2017 Anhinga Robert Dana Prize, released on September 10 th .


Barbara Robidoux's  (Eastern Tsalagi/Cherokee/Métis) ‘17 new book The Storm Left No Flowers  is on pre-order. To find out more, or to order it, click here .
IAIA Alumni Lecture

Alumni Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), '06 and Christine Trudeau (Prairie Band Potawatomi), ’14 presented a Native Journalist Talk at IAIA. Chee Brossy (Diné), IAIA Alumni Relations Manager moderated. The event was co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Department and IAIA Alumni Relations. To listen to the KSFR podcast click here .
Community Gathering:

On Wednesday, September 19 th , IAIA held our monthly Community Gathering. After lunch, the IAIA community celebrated Constitution Day with free Pocket Constitutions for everyone. Those present were also given the opportunity to register to vote. In addition Dr. Jessie Ryker Crawford (White Earth Chippewa) and Jennifer Love gave the attendees an overview of the Pathways - Completing the Circle program. Plus, the student USDA Research Projects were displayed for viewing and to present an opportunity to talk to the researchers. Awards were also given to students who participated in the Art Rush and whose work most illustrated the theme of "Student Success.” Congratulations to Derayna Declay (White Mountain Cherokee) and Marissa Irizarry (Assiniboine).
A-i-R Open Studios

On Wednesday, September 19 th , IAIA’s 5 Artists-in-Residence opened their studios to share with the IAIA and local community what’s they’ve been creating. Robert "Spooner" Marcus  (Ohkay Owingeh), Luanne Redeye (Seneca), Lillian Pitt  (Wasco/Warm Springs/Yakama), Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe), and Bobby Wilson  (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), (via video), all presented and discussed their works-in-progress. Attendees also had the opportunity to see the recently-installed Glass Foundry in action. Thanks to all the artists for making this a very special night.
2018 Fall Scholarship Awards Night
IAIA hosted its Fall 2018 Scholarship Awards Night on Thursday, September 13th, in the Performing Arts and Fitness Center. Scholarship recipients, President’s List students, Dean’s List students, family, donors, fellow students, staff, and faculty attended a reception catered by Bon Appétit to recognize 307 scholarship recipients, 38 President’s List students, and 116 Dean’s List students. 503 scholarships were awarded totaling $529,841. Emily White Hat (Sicangu [Rosebud] Lakota), Native Arts and Energy Project Manager at the American Indian College Fund gave the keynote speech to the assembled. Congratulations to all!

Jason Ordaz
Mural Completed!
IAIA Artist-in-Residence Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) completed the mural on the East side of the Academic Building. There was a pop-up celebration on Sunday, September 23rd, with free "travel food," in keeping with the mural's theme, to celebrate!
Donations to the Printmaking Studio
This summer  Nancy Adams of Western Graphics Workshop  
graciously donated $30,000  
worth paper, tools and supplies  
to the printmaking program at IAIA. Western Graphics,  
established in Albuquerque, New Mexico  
in 1975, has produced and/or 
published lithographs for more than 
ninety different artists, including such 
noted Southwest artists as Fritz Scholder ( Luiseño) , Ed Singer (Diné) , R.C. Gorman (Navajo Nation) , Charles Lovato (Kewa Pueblo) , Jerry Ingram ( Choctaw/Cherokee),  and many  
others. Many, many thanks  
to Nancy Adams and also to
Karsten Creightney  who  
facilitated the donation process.  
Additionally,this Summer 
Sally Mittler  purchased an etching press from local artist  Paul 
Sarkisian  with the intent to
enrich New Mexico School for the 
Arts program. The press was too  
large for the school, but 
recommended she contact IAIA.  
Another wonderful gift for all of our emerging artists.  

Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish-Kootenai Tribe)
Give a Gift Today
The mission of IAIA is “to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.” You can designate your gift by giving to one of the Foundation’s major funds: 

Scholarships.  Needed by more than 80% of our students to help pursue their studies at IAIA. 

Academic Programs.  IAIA needs support for visiting artists, student interns, artists in residence and innovative equipment to keep IAIA at the forefront of educational offerings. 

Student Emergency Fund.  The fund provides crucial assistance when a student has a sudden emergency with no available resources or funds. 

General Operating Support.  This helps IAIA take advantage of sudden opportunities to enhance the student experience. 

Planned Giving.  Please consider IAIA in your estate planning. 

Give right now by credit card , or call James Rutherford at (505) 424-2310.
Et Cetera

Et cetera contains photographs of happenings related to IAIA-be it on campus, at the IAIA Musuem of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site.

IAIA Alumna Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation), ’68, had her poem “An American Sunrise” selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2018 .


Susan Scarberry-Garcia , Composition Adjunct, has been named a Research Associate at The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa.


Kim Parko , Associate Professor, Creative Writing was named the winner of the Boston Review's annual poetry contest. Click here for more information.


Former IAIA Faculty member Ralph Arthur Pardington passed away on Sunday, August 19th. After graduating from Albion College and Cranbrook Academy of Art , he became Chairman and later Head of the Three Dimensional Art Department at IAIA. In addition to teaching Ceramics, he supervised instruction in Jewelry, Ceramics, Native Crafts, Sculpture, Weaving, and Foundry Sculpture. He was a brilliant artist and craftsman whose ceramic wares and sculptures were often recognized as outstanding in regional, national, and international exhibitions. For those wishing to express their remembrances and condolences, please visit the Tribute Wall at https://www.berardinellifuneral.com .
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
Thu, October 4, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Tue, October 9, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Wed, October 17, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Fri, October 19, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Wed, October 31, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Mon, January 1, 2018–Sat, August 10, 2019

View Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

June 4–October 29, 2018

August 16, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019
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 contact us at  by email here.

Institute of American Indian Arts
(505) 424-2300

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
(505) 983-1666

About IAIA
For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through the IAIA Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures and is committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities. IAIA is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. Learn more about IAIA and our mission at www.iaia.edu .

Newsletter writer, editor, and contributing photographer:
Eric Davis

Contributing photographer: Jason S. Ordaz
IAIA Radio Show

The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on Tuesdays from 4-4:30 pm, on KSFR, 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio. It is an IAIA-produced show examining a wide variety of issues relating to the Native American community. Hosted by IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis , the show features conversations with Native American Scholars, Artists, Tribal Leaders, and more. You can listen to the show live on the radio or stream it on your computer at KSFR.org. Past shows are podcast on their website, so you can listen any time you'd like at the following link: www.throughoureyes.libsyn.com