eNewsletter | December 2017/January 2018
IAIA Upgrades Digital Dome
and Immersive Laboratory 
The IAIA Digital Dome (The DOME) is a unique asset of IAIA, being the world's only fully articulating dome . It rotates from 0° to 90°, and can be positioned at the ceiling or floor, offering multiple viewing experiences. The space offers a combination of black box, planetarium, performance space, digital fulldome, and an immersive laboratory. 
 
The DOME is in a Black Box; a 41'W x 41'W x 31'H theater, and the DOME itself is 24'W x 12'H. Throughout the semester the DOME hosts live performances, immersive experiences, and immersive films and music, with live visuals programmed by a VJ.
 
The DOME has been a part of the campus since 2010. It was created to assist in the evolution of informed, educated, and digitally-enabled storytellers so that they can actively maintain, represent, and fortify Native arts and culture for future generations. During that time, the DOME has become an inspiring space for many artists to stretch from immersive spherical film production to interactive immersive storytelling. The IAIA courses ensure that IAIA students will learn how to leverage the power of this technology for their Native communities in the social, cultural, economic, and political realms. IAIA is also presently developing a minor program in computer programming called "Programming for the Arts ." It provides an opportunity for students to think critically and learn about the machines and mediums that they use on a daily basis and learn how to utilize computers creatively to make digital art.
 
In 2016, IAIA received a one-year grant of $499,980 from the Department of Defense (DoD) to update and augment the DOME's existing equipment. The new equipment includes high resolution projectors and speakers, computers, immersive 360 VR simulation and theater equipment , to create a spatially accurate three-dimensional sound system and an immersive high resolution 4k display system. The DOME enhances IAIA's capacity to deliver cutting edge technology training, enhance STEM components of IAIA's liberal arts curriculum, and support students' application of their creative capabilities into high-technology STEM fields in a state-of-the-art environment. 
 
This equipment also supports a project, entitled "Interactivity and Simulation in Immersive Virtual Environments," that builds on prior successful research, to deliver interactive immersive displays. The primary research objective is the development of simulation and real-time interactivity for immersive technology through the use of gestural interfaces and sensors. Fulldome projection and interactivity have been extended to arbitrary display surfaces and head-mounted displays.
 
Wireless motion capture suits, depth sensors, biofeedback instrumentation, and other interactive components will aid in the use of immersive natural user interfaces. 360º video/audio recording technology has been integrated into a flexible immersive production pipeline for both students and researchers with RED 5k and 8k video cameras for high resolution fisheye video capture.  
                                               
The DOME and its Immersive Virtual Environment are just some of the assets that insure that IAIA is a school that provides world-class arts and technology education for Native and non-Native students from around the world.
 
Recently the DOME hosted Artist-in-Residence Zack Settel,  of SAT/Montreal University, Montreal, who worked in the Immersive Laboratory in the IAIA Digital Dome in early November of this year. The next Artist-in-Residence that will be developing an immersive experience at IAIA will be David Stout from University of Texas. He will be in residence in the IAIA Digital Dome in March 2018. 
IAIA Holiday Party
On December 20 th , IAIA held our annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Party in the Hogan. Gifts and gags were the order of the day, along with a great pot-luck lunch. A good time was had by all.
IAIA Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Cannupa Hanska Luger’s Project for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Queer, and Trans People
Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), BFA ’11,
has initiated a program to acknowledge Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Queer, and Trans people. He has requested that the IAIA community and friends provide him with 2-inch beads made from clay and unfired to complete a monumental beaded portrait which will be created by him from a photograph taken by First Nations photographer and former IAIA student Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena). In Canada alone, the number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was at 4,000 in 2016 as noted in research gathered by the  Native Women's Association of Canada
 
Cannupa spoke about the project by saying “We are aware that the narrative of MMIWQT expands beyond a specific region, and by starting here, with acknowledging this number and this place for this specific portrait and creating collectively, we can move forward and continue to address MMIWQT in all of our respective homelands. This community engagement is meant to activate our processing of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People through the action of doing and feeling in a collective effort to say ‘this is enough’”.
 
If you participate, please hold awareness that each one of these beads represents an individual from our Indigenous communities that we have lost.
 
To view more about this project click here .
Please email  cannupahanska@gmail.com   with questions.

This work will be exhibited at  UCCS Galeries of Contemporary Art , Colorado Springs, CO May 4-July 21 2018, and travel to institutions throughout the country following its premiere.
New Flagpole on Campus
From the IAIA Board of Trustees:

Whereas, the Board of Trustees of IAIA wishes to expresses its great appreciation for the work of former Facilities Director James Mason ; and
 
Whereas , the Board appreciated his devotion to the institution on behalf of students, faculty, staff, and the Board; and
 
Whereas, the Board recognizes his service to his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps; and
 
Whereas , the Board particularly has appreciated the attention he gave to ensuring that the U.S. flag be flown according to the law and statute; therefore
 
Be it resolved, that the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development dedicates the new U.S. flagpole at the entrance of the institution to James Mason and approves the installation of a plaque.
Terese Mailhot’s Book Continues to Receive Attention


Heart Berries , a new memoir by IAIA Alumna Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band), MFA ’16, has been listed in numerous lists of top books to read this year including: Rumpus’ “What to Read When 2018 Is Just Around the Corner.” It has also been Named One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by: Esquire , Entertainment Weekly , ELLE , Cosmopolitan , Huffington Post , B*tch , popsugar.com , NYLON , The Week, Shondaland , The CBC, The Texas book Festival, Powell's, Bustle, The American Booksellers Association, The New York Public Library, and Goodreads. Additionally, it was recently named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
Interviews with Six Native Women Writers, Part 3: Ruby Hansen Murray and Kimberly Blaeser by World Literature Today
On October 9, 2017,  World Literature Today  interviewed
Ruby Hansen Murray (enrolled Osage) and Kimberly Blaeser  (Anishinaabe). Murray is a writer and photographer living in the lower Columbia River estuary. Her work appears in  Yellow Medicine Review, Apogee, About Place Journal,  and  Indian Country Today.  She is a Hedgebrook and VONA fellow who studied at IAIA and Warren Wilson College . Kimberly Blaeser  (Anishinaabe) is past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, a professor at UW–Milwaukee , and MFA faculty member for IAIA. Blaeser is the author of three poetry collections, most recently  Apprenticed to Justice, and editor of  Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry . Her current project combines her photography and poetry in a new form she calls “picto-poems.” To watch the interview click here
Exclusive IAIA Screening of Hostiles Produced By OIA

IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Consultant Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) and his partner in The Native Networkers (consultants to Hostiles ) Joely Proudfit ( Luiseño/Payomkowishum ), PhD,
brough to IAIA an exclusive screening of the recently-released film  Hostiles at the Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14 (in celebration of IAIA’s Cinematic Arts and Technology program) on Wednesday, January 17 th . After the screening, IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Chair James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), star of Hostiles Wes Studi (Cherokee), and Chris and Joely held a Q&A session with the audience. The powerful film was well received by the attendees. Thanks to Chris and Joely, along with OIA Director Judith Pepper ( Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) and her team!
IAIA MFA Alumna and Instructor Jennifer Elise Foerster Releases New Book
In her dazzling new book, Jennifer Elise Foerster
(Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma), BFA ’03, announces a frightening new truth: “the continent is dismantling.” Bright Raft in the Afterweather travels the spheres of the past, present, future, and eternal time, exploring the fault lines that signal the break of humanity’s consciousness from the earth. Featuring recurring characters, settings, and motifs from her previous book, Leaving Tulsa , Foerster takes the reader on a solitary journey to the edges of the continents of mind and time to discover what makes us human. Along the way, the author surveys the intersection between natural landscapes and the urban world, baring parallels to the conflicts between Native American peoples and Western colonizers, and considering how imagination and representation can both destroy and remake our worlds. Foerster’s captivating language and evocative imagery immerse the reader in a narrative of disorientation and reintegration. Each poem blends Foerster’s refined use of language with a mythic and environmental lyricism as she explores themes of destruction, spirituality, loss, and remembrance.
 
Excerpted from the University of Arizona Press Website
Winter Readers Gathering
The IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program presented The 2018 Winter Readers Gathering -- January 6-13. Readings took place each night in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC).
 
Participating in the gathering this year were noted authors Cherie Demaline (Métis),  M.L. Smoker (Sioux/Assiniboine), Sterling HolyWhiteMountain (Blackfeet), Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish), and Justin Torres -- as well as IAIA MFA faculty members Ramona Ausubel, Marie-Helene Bertino, Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Kimberly Blaeser ( Anishinaabe), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Sydney Freeland (Diné), Pam Houston , Toni Jensen (Métis), Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq), Chip Livingston (Creek),  Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band), Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho), Derek Palacio , Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca), Ismet Prcic, James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), and Ken White .
 
Many of the authors read new works from upcoming books, and the audience each night was treated to some amazing readings.
IAIA Welcome Lunch
On Monday, January 8 th , IAIA hosted a welcome lunch for returning staff and faculty members.  IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) personally welcomed back the team, and many of the Department Chairs and Cabinet members introduced new and/or promoted members of their departments.  Dr. Martin and HR Director Todd Spillman presented Service awards to recognize employees who have been part of the IAIA family for many years. At 35 years was Peggy Ann Lomay (Hopi). Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Hopi/Choctaw) received a certificate for 25 years of service; and both Toby Martinez and Laurie Logan Brayshaw were acknowledged for 15 years. In addition, numerous folks were recognized for 5 years of service.
 
The group also recognized the recent PhD earned by Jesse Ryker-Crawford (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe). Presentations were made to the group regarding the new PAF building, various financial and funding issues, the traveling museum shows, the upcoming assurance argument, and the Achieving the Dream program. Welcome back to all!


First American Art Magazine‘s Top 10 Native Art Events of 2017
According to First American Art Magazine : “What shone brightly throughout 2017 was the creativity, passion, and dedication of Indigenous American artists and art professionals.”
 
Listed at number 5 is Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art , Santa Fe, NM. Here’s what they had to say about it: “This exhibition at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts explores textile arts and their techniques (such as in a “quilt” made from circuit boards) and is the first show curated by the new Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man at the museum. The venue is uniquely positioned to explore the content expressed through materiality and technique with a seamless flow from installations with found objects to Ravenstail weaving. Accompanying the 22-artist exhibition is a catalogue with essays by Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation), Manuela Well-Off-Man, Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika), Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation), Molly McGlennen (Ojibwe descent), and Tania Willard (Secwepemc). Congratulations to Manuela who curated this exhibition!”
Tribal College Journal : Five Native Films You Should be Streaming in 2018
It’s impossible to quantify the impact of Native films. The documentaries correct false perceptions and the fictional stories are universally cathartic. They remind their viewers that Indigenous people have always been vital to America’s identity and evolution. The films in this column assert this truth through music, sport, and even healing from trauma. They also share stories that affirm the bonds of family and the necessity of caring for fellow human beings. At number 2 is Deidra and Laney Rob a Train , a comedic film about two teenage sisters who are forced to steal to make ends meet when their mother is imprisoned. Directed by IAIA faculty member Sydney Freeland (Diné), this fictional story follows the girls’ budding criminal enterprise through the perils of planning and staging their heists, moving their loot, and evading the detective sent to apprehend them. There’s a lot to chuckle about in the diverse cast’s portrayals, but the film also explores issues of one’s own self-worth. Criminal enterprise aside, the film is perfect for young teens who are dreaming of a future beyond their present challenges. It has a lot of memorable moments, and as one might assume by its title, it never takes itself too seriously. (Available on Netflix). To read the entire article, click here

Excerpted from an article by Ryan Winn for TCJ
IAIA Musuem of Contemporary Native Arts Director Patsy Phillips Quoted on TheCultureTrip.com

 
Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation), is the director of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the only museum in North America dedicated to contemporary native art. It holds the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art —7,500 artworks across all media created in 1962 or later. Phillips explains that, even though these native artists work in specifically contemporary styles, they may not get the institutional support that others receive. “We have work that is of the highest quality and deserves to be in some of these major art collections. But they’re not, mostly,” Phillips says. “This is one of the issues that the field of Native American contemporary art has faced for decades….the critics don’t understand it,” Phillips says. “And then the curators kind of shy away from it. But the artists definitely don’t let those venues drive their aesthetics.” To see the entire article, click here
The Second Annual IAIA
Sherman Alexie Scholarship
The IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is once again offering the Sherman Alexie Scholarship to a student who applies and enrolls in the IAIA MFA program.
 
The scholarship will pay $7,500 per semester for four semesters, for a total of $30,000, $24,000 of which will be applied to tuition. The remaining $6,000 will help pay for travel, lodging, books, and meals during the five residencies in Santa Fe.
 
All applicants to the Institute of American Indian Arts' MFA in Creative Writing who are enrolled members of a Native American tribe or First Nation are eligible. Proof of enrollment will be required. To apply for the scholarship, complete an application to the IAIA MFA program. The application can be found by clicking here .

The application, including the writing samples, will be the competition entry. Applicants should pay close attention to the page limits; additional pages over the limit will not be read.
 
The screening of entries and final selection of the Sherman Alexie ( Spokane-Coeur d'Alene) Scholarship recipient will be done by a panel of IAIA MFA's Native faculty.
 
The deadline is Friday, February 15, 2018, at midnight MDT. Late entries will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 16, 2018. Finalists may also be offered scholarships. Winner must enroll for the July 21-29, 2018, pre-fall semester residency. All entrants will be notified by email.
 
The scholarship will be contingent on the student remaining in good academic standing throughout the two-year program.
 
The winner of the First Annual Sherman Alexie Scholarship was Jamie Natonabah (Diné) from Fort Defiance, Arizona.  Chelsea Hicks Bryan (Osage) was chosen as runner-up. Third place was awarded to Grace Randolph (Wampanoag). 
IAIA 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program
IAIA announces our Artist-in-Residence Schedule for 2018. Since 2015, IAIA has hosted more than a dozen artists for residencies each academic year. A selection committee of students, faculty, and staff recently reviewed applications for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program and selected artists for the Spring 2018 sessions. The artists travel to Santa Fe to make art and interact with both the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community for variable-length residencies of four, six, or eight weeks. The program includes public receptions, artist talks, and studio tours with each of the artists.
 
The 2018 IAIA Artist-in Residence Program participants include: Orlando Dugi (Diné), Wade Patton (Oglala Lakota),  Micheal Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota),  Christa Cassano (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Arrow Lakes Band),  Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo),  Marwin Begay (Navajo), Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. (Arikara/Hidatsa), and Ian Kuali`i (Native Hawaiian/Apache). 
  
For a full schedule of A-i-R events please go to: https://iaia.edu/happenings.
Give a Gift Today
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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 Angela Sedillo at (505) 424-5730.
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.


Kyle Kootswatewa (Hopi), was awarded a Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship of $1000 provided by First Nations Development Institute . First Nations created this scholarship program to encourage more Native American college students to enter agriculture and agricultural-related fields so that they can better assist their communities in reclaiming control over local food systems. This is especially well deserved as Kyle is an ILS student and had to compete against other students studying hard science in agriculture.



IAIA MFA '15 alumnus Crisosto Apache's  (Mescalero Apache/ Chiricahua Apache/Diné (Navajo)) book GENESIS  is forthcoming from Lost Alphabet books. Go to www.lostalphabet.com/#/genesis for more information. 






IAIA faculty mentor Joan Kane's (Iñupiaq) fifth book,  SUBLINGUAL , is forthcoming as the winner of the open chapbook competition from Finishing Line Press. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Orion, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. 








Béatrice Szymkowiak, MFA ’16, had her chapbook Red Zone accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Beatrice received her MFA from IAIA in 2017.





















Photos of the team moving equipment into the Performing Arts and Fitness Building. Photographs by JoAnn Bishop , Fitness & Wellness Director























Congratulations to former IAIA Trustee Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabaskan) who was selected as a 2018 USA Fellow. She will receive a $50,000 unrestricted award that recognizes her contributions to the field of Mixed-Media Art, honors her creative accomplishments, and supports her ongoing artistic and professional development.











Farewell to OIA Services Manager Gracie Schild and MFA Program Coordinator Rudolfo Serna who have both left IAIA in January. Best wishes to them in all their future endeavors.











Heidi Brandow (Diné/Native Hawaiian) has joined IAIA as our new Retention Specialist. Reporting directly to Nena Martinez Anaya , Chief Enrollment and Retention Officer, Heidi is a returning IAIA alumna. She holds a BFA from IAIA in Studio Arts with a minor in New Media Arts and has also studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Instanbul Technical University. She previously worked for 3 years as an Educational Assistant in IAIA’s Student Support Center working to increase student retention. Of note, Heidi has recently been awarded the following Fellowships: First Peoples Foundation, 2018 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship and the Ford Foundation & Santa Fe Art Institute, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship.



From Dean of Students Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone): “It is with a heavy heart that I bring the sad news of the passing of Greg Analla (Isleta & Laguna Pueblo) an IAIA student from 14FA-16SP. He was a sophomore majoring in Museum Studies with a minor in Studio Arts, a musician, artist, and former Tribe of Gypsies singer. He leaves behind a wife and son. 
 
Greg passed away January 4, 2018 in Albuquerque, when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a curb. He was thrown from his bike after hitting the center median and was transported to the hospital where he died of his injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.”
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
February 5, 10 am–Noon
2018 IAIA Alumni Council Meeting

February 8, 5–7 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Orlando Dugi, Wade Patton, and Micheal Two Bulls—Farewell Reception

February 10, 2–4 pm
IAIA BFA Creative Writing Reading—Listen to the H(ear)t

View Happenings


MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 28, 2019

January 8–June 3, 2018

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

February 9–May 13, 2018

February 9–July 12, 2018

February 16–August 29, 2018

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