eNewsletter | December 2019/January 2020
Welcome Back!
On January 13th, IAIA hosted a Welcome Lunch for Faculty and Staff returning to campus from Winter Break. We recognized numerous folks for Length of Service Awards , and met lots of new faculty and employees. Presentations included information about funding and budgeting , our planned research center , campus renovations , revisions to the Campus Master Plan , Title IX information, our new daycare center , the MFA program, and new museum exhibitions .
New Student Welcome Ceremony
Artist-in-Residence Line Up
Artist-in-Residence Welcome Dinner
Thursday, January 23rd Associate Academic Dean Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee) hosted a Welcome Dinner for our first two Artists-in-Residence this semester: Margarita Paz-Pedro (Laguna Pueblo/Mexican-American) and Topaz Jones (Shoshone/Kalapuya/Molalla/Lummi) '11 in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Galley .

photos: Hillary Cagey (Lummi Nation)
IAIA Signs Transfer Agreement with CCCC
United States
Poet Laureate
and IAIA Alumna
Joy Harjo
(Mvskoke Nation) '68
To Speak at Harvard


With Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) '17 and Layli Long Soldier
(Oglala Lakota) '09 at
Tulsa LitFest

Cannupa Lugar (Mandan/Hidasta/Arikara/Lakota) ’11 Winner in
2020 Creative Capital Awards

Katherine Wall
 (Jemez Pueblo) '14, in
Santa Fe New Mexican
“20 Who Will Make News in 2020”
IAIA Faculty/Student Exhibition in Lightwell Gallery at OU School of Visual Arts
Terran Last Gun (Piikani) ’16  ,
Mikayla Patton
(Oglala Lakota Sioux) '19, First People’s Fund 2020 Artist Fellows

Razelle Benally (Lakota/Diné) '17
recipeint of
Spike Lee
Production Fund Grant

Frank Buffalo Hyde ( Nez Perce/Onondaga) '95 at Gilcrease Museum

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05

on PBS

in Tucson Desert Art Museum Exhibition

Artist Talk in Germany

With Diego Romero '86 
(Cochiti Pueblo)
on CraftInAmerica.org

Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) Presents New Installation
Way of Sorrows

Visual Voices Exhibition in
Albuquerque Journal

Opening Reception for Three Spring 2020 Exhibitions on February 13th

Photo of
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Featured in
Santa Fe TOURISM Campaign.
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IAIA Online Store

New items added!

 Dyani White Hawk (Sicunga Rosebud Sioux) '08 named
“Artist of the Year” by MN Star Tribune

Featured in UNM Exhibition

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe   (Siksika) in Santa Fe Reporter

in Hyperallergic

IAIA First "15 to Finish" Recipient
I’m happy to announce we have our very first “15 to Finish ” recipient: Jordan Aldean
(San Carlos Apache), Cinematic Arts and Technology major, Summer Bridge Program, Summer 2017.
Jordan took dual credit classes in high school from Eastern Arizona College and did our Summer Bridge program which is allowing her to graduate about 1 year in advance. She is using the “15 to Finish” program beginning this Spring 2020 and will graduate Fall 2020. 

Nena Martinez Anaya
Chief Admissions & Student Success Officer
Rose Simpson
(Santa Clara Pueblo) '07 and '18
on PBS.org

Students, Alumni, and Mentors of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world. Click on the red headline for the story.


IAIA MFACW Winter Reading Series
Current MFA Faculty Mentors

Marie-Helene Bertino’s  third book Parakeet , a novel about an uncanny brown bride dealing with the trauma of family on the eve of her wedding, will be published on June 2, 2020, from FSG. Details here. Bertino will be the Kittredge Visiting Writer at University of Montana in Spring 2020.
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 Sandra Narvaez,  Advancement Services Manager,
505.424.2310, or sandra.narvaez@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
Et cetera contains information about happenings in the IAIA community - be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or elsewhere.

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Charine Pilar Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo) received a Sundance Institute Indigenous Film Fellowship for her script River Bank.

We recently lost an IAIA alumnus from 1972. Rest in peace, Knokovtee Scott (Cherokee Nation/Muscogee).

IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Mon, February 3, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Thu, February 6, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Fri, February 7, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Thu, February 13, 2020, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Sun, February 16, 2020–Mon, February 17, 2020

Thu, February 20, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Tue, February 25, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Thu, February 27, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Wed, March 25–Sat, March 28

View all Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

Tue, January 1, 2019–Thu, October 1, 2020

Thu, May 30, 2019–Sun, February 16, 2020

Fri, November 15, 2019–Sun, March 1, 2020

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Mon, August 5, 2019–Tue, June 30, 2020

Fri, February 7–Sun, May 17

Thu, February 13–Sun, July 26
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 - New Day and Time!

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