eNewsletter | December 2018/January 2019
IAIA Approved to Offer AFA and BFA
Degrees in Performing Arts
To read the story from the Santa Fe Reporter click here.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Chief Curator
Manuela Well-Off-Man Named "Unsung Hero of the Arts" in Pasatiempo


Manuela Well-Off-Man receives Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship

Tubis (standing far left) with IAIA Student Printmakers,
c. 1970. Photograph by Kay V. Wiest. Courtesy of the Seymour Tubis Papers, IAIA Archives.


Seymour Tubis Print Collection Donated to IAIA







First American Art Magazine Features IAIA Alumni
Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidasta/Arikara/Lakota) ’11 and
T.C. Cannon (Kiowa/Caddo) ‘66 in List of
 Top Ten Native Art Events.




 Photo: Neebinnaukzhik Southall (Rama Chippewa)
The “Chongo Brothers”
Mateo and Diego Romero '86
(Cochiti Pueblo) named 2019 recipients of the Native Treasures Living Treasures award
by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.


IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Opening Reception



IAIA Alumna
Kate O’Neill MFA ‘18
Appointed to Run New Mexico Higher Education Department

IAIA Alumnus Lauren Monroe Jr. (Blackfeet) MFA '18 Selected as Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation Fellowship


Student Welcome Luncheon


On January 22nd, IAIA held a luncheon to welcome new students to campus. IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane), Dean Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone), and the cabinet, staff, and faculty all got to see our new "generation of leaders" as Dean Char noted.

Group photo by Hokian-Win Mccloud
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Student Internship Program with
Walt Disney and Imagineer Zsolt Hormay


IAIA 2019 Winter Readers Gathering


photos by Kimberly Blaeser ( Minnesota Chippewa)

December Community Gathering
The highlight of the December Community Gathering was student readings by Jesse Short Bull (Oglala Lakota Sioux), Chelsea Napper, and Serena Rodriguez from the Creative Writing Department.
Institute of American Indian Arts plans for Research Center with Mellon Grant

IAIA Staff and Faculty Welcome Luncheon
On Monday January 14th, IAIA held a welcome back to campus luncheon for returning and new staff and faculty members. As part of the proceeding, members of the community were recognized by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) for their years of service, including Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree of The Little Pine First Nation) and Patsy Phillips (Cherokee) for 10 years; Nocona Burgess (Comanche) and Sallie Wesaw Sloan (Eastern Shoshone) for 15 years; Maria Favella , James Rivera (Yoeme), and Charlene Teters (Spokane) with 20 years; and Thomas Atencio (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) with 25. Congratulations to all and thanks for your service!

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


MFA Faculty Mentors

Marie-Helene Bertino's next two novels will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The first, PARAKEET , will be out in Spring 2020.


President Obama's list of favorite books of 2018 included There There by Tommy Orange.
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 contact Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) at (505) 424-2309 or judith.pepper@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
Et cetera contains information about happenings related to IAIA-be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site
Dr. Martin in Juneau
Recently I was in Juneau for follow-up meetings with Dr. Rosita Worl ( Tlingit), Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI); Chancellor Richard Caulfield , University of Alaska Southeast; and SHI’s Native Artist Committee to discuss strategies for strengthening Northwest Coast Arts programs at our respective institutions.

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)

Cinematic Arts & Technology Chair James Lujan (Taos Pueblo) and student LeRoy Grafe with Congresswoman Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) at the “Protect the Sacred” Silver Bullet Productions event.
Larry Phillips died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on December 26, 2018. Larry was a long-time employee at the museum from September 1988 to January 2013. He was our exhibition preparator for over 24 years. Larry left IAIA only because his tribe, the Ohkay Owingeh, appointed him as Lt. Governor in January 2013. Larry recently celebrated his 45th year of marriage to Barbara Phillips. They had four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. At his memorial, they mentioned his long time service to IAIA. He loved IAIA and we loved him. He still periodically visited the museum and he regularly invited museum staff to attend his pueblo dances. 

Larry was an exceptional individual and will be missed by all who knew him. 

Patsy Phillips (Cherokee)


IAIA Alumnus Shannon Bitsoie (Navajo) passed away on December 27, 2018. 
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Sat, February 9, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Wed, February 13, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Sun, February 17–Mon, February 18

Tue, February 19, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Wed, February 27, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

View Happenings


MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

Fri, January 25–Fri, July 19




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