eNewsletter | August/September 2020
IAIA Students on Campus
Masks and Social Distancing are the New Normal
Dean Char's Retirement Celebration
On September 30th, IAIA celebrated the legacy of Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane). Char has been involved with IAIA most of her adult life, starting from her undergraduate days. As she said: "I have been in love with IAIA for a long time." In addition to IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) celebrating her career in front of the socially-distant, COVID-safe reception -- speakers included Bryson Meyers (Chippewa-Cree/Dakota/Lakota), Delight Talawepi (Hopi), Nena Martinez Anaya -- and faculty members Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee), Matt Eaton, Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish-Kootenai), Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree of the Little Pine First Nation), and Jim Rivera (Yoeme/Pascua Yaqui). Ice cream and cake were enjoyed by all. The event was live-streamed on the IAIA Facebook page (thanks to Social Media Specialist Nicole Lawe [Karuk]) at the request of our off-campus students. To view the event click here for part 1 and here for part 2.
President's Convovation

"We Are All In this Together"
IAIA President
Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)

"If Not You, Then Who?"
Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane)

Art Rush 2020 Exhibition
in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery
Continuing Ed Classes

Fall 2020 offerings include:
Professional Development
Online Classes
- Pathways into Business - Instructors: Mark Thomas (Choctaw Descendant) and Lynn Wilson (Cherokee)
- Grant Writing for Arts and Non-Profit Sector Professionals - Instructor: Melanie Buchleiter
- Protecting Your Intellectual Property Online - Instructor: Robert Martinez (Northern Arapaho/Chicano)
- Marketing with Instagram and Canva - Instructor: Roxanne Best (Colville Tribe)
- Building Your Home Recording Studio - Instructor: Roman Orona (Apache)
- Business of Performance Art - Instructor: Roman Orona

Personal Enrichment
Online Classes
- International Indigenous Art - Instructor: Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika Blackfoot)
- Introduction to Acoustic Ecology - Instructor: Justin Brierley
- Learning Our Languages - An Indigenous Language Learning Support Course - Instructor: Chelsea Hicks (Osage), IAIA Alumna

Health and Wellness
- Traditional Foods and Cooking: Healthy Drinks - Instructor: Monique Sonoquie (Chumash/Tongva/Yaqui)
- Traditional Foods and Cooking: Healthy Snacks - Instructor: Monique Sonoquie 
- Traditional Foods and Cooking: Healthy Meals - Instructor: Monique Sonoquie 
- Journaling into Creative Non-Fiction - Instructor: Byron Aspass (Diné), IAIA Alum
- Book Promotion Your Way - Instructor: Carol MacLeod, IAIA Alumna

For more information, click here.
GO Bonds

General Obligation Bond C is a statewide bond issue to raise funds for 33 public colleges, universities and specialty schools in 23 cities and 21 counties across New Mexico.

The New Mexico GO Bond C includes $ 700,000 for the development of the IAIA Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts – with the mission of "Uniting Art, Artists, & Archives”
The IAIA Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts (RCCNA) will support the education of current students in the Studio Arts, Museum Studies, and Native Art History programs – and will also assist IAIA in building capacity to offer graduate programs in Studio Arts and Museum Studies -- and a BFA in Native American Arts History. Students completing the programs will be competitively trained for careers as artists, museum administrators and curators, archivists, and professors in higher education.
The RCCNA will also provide:
Fellowships and Residencies for both artistic and scholarly projects, because in Native traditions, research and artistic practice have never been separate.
Online global access to the more than 9000 artworks in the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Collection and Archival Records documenting Native American artists and arts advocacy. This resource documents New Mexico as a uniquely influential region for the arts.
Education & Research - Hands-on research embedded in curriculum for In-person and Online courses for high school and college students, plus internships and apprenticeships for careers in museums, cultural centers, and arts organizations.
Support for Artist Legacies – helping artists preserve records about their work, making records available for future generations. Such documentation is key to establishing the significance of individual artists for the long term.
Training and support for organizations and individuals seeking to carry out exhibitions and art research using Indigenous Research Methodologies to build better collaborative relationships.

The November 2020 Election will be crucial for academic libraries across the State of New Mexico. Senate Bill #207 passed unanimously in both the Senate and House. Governor Lujan Grisham completed her review of legislation passed by the 2020 session of the New Mexico Legislature. She signed SB #207 – 2020 CAPITAL PROJECTS GO BOND ACT (Munoz, Neville, Smith), which has bond issues to be considered by voters on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot. 

Library Bond Issue B will provide $9,500,000, which includes $3 million each for public, academic and public school libraries, and $500,000 for tribal libraries. If Bond B is approved by voters, academic libraries will receive much needed funding to support the success of college and university students in New Mexico by providing 24/7 access to quality resources and information.

For IAIA, Bond B allotment will buy:
·      Our eBook Collection which is crucial to support online learning.
·      Crucial Databases to support research by students, faculty, and staff.
·      Technology upgrades which in the past has included new computers in the library and the ability for students to have off-campus access to our collections.

A vote for GO Bonds B & C is a vote for our future!
Info at www.bondc4nm.com


Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) '68 on NPR

Joy Harjo Reading

Be Counted!!!


Text "Census Help" to 313131 for help completing the census over the phone.
Charlene Teters (Spokane) Featured Artist for the Online Platform of The First Peoples Festival
October 5-10, 2020 

MoCNA Has Reopened!
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts has reopened to the public at a limited capacity as per the Governor's approval.

MoCNA will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 
12pm to 5pm

Timed tickets will be available for purchase online at iaia.edu/store or in-person at the MoCNA museum store.

A Few Protocols to Ensure a Safe Visitor Experience

  • Please self-assess before visiting the museum. Are you exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, headache, body aches, sore throat, loss of taste and smell, fever, and chills)? Have you been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms or have been exposed, please do not visit the museum and reschedule for a later date. If you purchased a ticket online, we will work with you on transferring that ticket to another date or providing you with a refund. 

  • Respect social distancing and ensure everyone's safety by following all signage and directional arrows within each of our gallery spaces. Please respect our max occupancy signs for each gallery space and please maintain a 6-foot distance or more from other museum guests and staff.

  • Following New Mexico's public health order and IAIA's guiding principles, all visitors will be required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth while in the museum.

  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the museum for your convenience.

  • At the moment, no docent-led group tours or school tours will be provided. 

  • Please be respectful of our staff and each other. We are here to ensure a safe space for everyone

Upcoming Public Programs at MoCNA

October 14, 2020 5:30PM - 6:30PM 

Virtual Artist Talk with Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee)

October 15, 2020 All-Day Event

Instagram Takeover with Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee)

October 21, 2020 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Virtual Artist Talk with Mercedes Dorame (Tongva)

October 22, 2020 All-Day Event

Instagram Takeover with Mercedes Dorame (Tongva)

October 27, 2020 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Virtual Workshop with Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee)

October 28, 2020 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Virtual Workshop with Mercedes Dorame (Tongva)

For more information and updates about MoCNA public programming, please visit our website and our Facebook page.

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts has been selected by the Ford Foundation as one of 20 Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) "Cultural Treasures" in America.

At The Museum Store
and Lloyd Kiva New Gallery

Terran Last Gun (Piikani) '16

Terran Last Gun: Color Play
1 August – 1 November 2020.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. You can find new ledger work along with 15 others and 1 mural in his second solo exhibition at the MoCNA Store Lloyd Kiva New Gallery. Color Play will be on view August 1–November 1, 2020.
Visit the
IAIA Online Store


Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) '16 and DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo) in New Mexico Magazine

Walk with Pride: Santa Fe Indian Market's Haute Couture Fashion Show - Documentary on the 2018 SWAIA Fashion Show wins Regional Emmy for Special Event Coverage

Dyani White Hawk Polk (Sicunga Rosebud Sioux) ’08 in LA Times

Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) in New York Times

Porter Swentzell
published in Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Research Methodologies: Local Solution and Global Opportunities anthology.

Randy Chitto (Choctaw) SAR Artist Talk

Four Major Capital Projects on the IAIA Campus
There is quite a lot of whirring, buzzing, pounding, and general construction activity going on around campus. I thought it would be a good idea to provide a quick update so that everyone is in the loop. Currently, we have 4 major capital projects going on, being managed by Peter Romero and Anthony Coca. Here is what is going on:
Academic building HVAC replacement: This project is roughly 50% complete, with all interior work (wiring, ductwork, cutting, and structural enhancements) to be completed shortly. Units will be installed on the rooftop as they become available and ship. This project was initially going to begin in May and be completed by the start of the Fall semester. However, COVID-related manufacturing delays caused us to push the start date back quite a bit. Because of the delayed shipping of the units, we don’t have a firm date for full completion of the project, but we are hopeful that the majority of it will be complete by the end of September. 

Family housing window replacement: All units are having their front windows replaced. These are the large windows that are supposed to open and close, which had become increasingly problematic and dangerous in recent years. The installers are about halfway done with the project and we anticipate it to be 100% complete in the next two weeks.

Fiber replacement/upgrade: We have begun the replacement of internet fiber from the IT vault to the LTC, Academic building, Facilities building, and the dorms. The fiber is being significantly upgraded to improve internet speed in these areas. The actual fiber run should be complete by the end of this week. However, the tie into the infrastructure in the IT vault will take another two weeks to finish. 

Emergency IT generator installation: crews have begun work on the installation of an emergency backup generator for the campus IT infrastructure. The generator will be located just SE of the library building and will be surrounded by a short decorative fence so that it blends into the landscape. The generator will provide emergency power to the IT equipment in the vault, in the event of power failure. Currently, we only have a UPS in the vault to provide power, but the timeframe for that backup source is very limited by the stored batteries on-hand. This upgrade will greatly enhance our ability to maintain business continuity, especially during monsoon season!
We will also have our security camera contractor on-campus to repair/replace/and re-aim 26 security cameras. They will also be upgrading our DVR hardware, taking our recorded memory from 14 days to 41 days. 
These are all exciting upgrades to the IAIA campus, with a direct, positive impact on our students. If you have any questions about any of these projects, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Larry Mirabal, CFO

Students, Alumni, and Mentors of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world. Click on the red headlines below for the story.
Current MFA Mentors
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I am pleased to announce that we have a new Public & Technical Services Librarian starting on campus. Their name is Avi Grundner. Avi (they/them/theirs) is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Dual MAS/LIS program with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration, where they focused on the intersections of metadata, special collections, and services for marginalized communities. From 2018-2020, Avi was Co-Coordinator for Out On The Shelves Library, and Technical Services Student Librarian for Xwi7xwa Library. Please welcome Avi to the IAIA community!
Sara Quimby, MA, MLIS (she/her/hers)
Library Director
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Sat, August 1, 8:00 am–Sun, November 1, 5:00 pm

MoCNA Exhibitions

Wed, September 16–Wed, October 14

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Thu, February 13–Sun, January 3, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, March 28, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, January 24, 2021
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

Contributing editor:
Nicole Lawe (Karuk)
IAIA Radio Show - Currently On Hold Due to COVID-19
The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on alternate Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30 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