eNewsletter | December 2020/January 2021

IAIA Chosen As
Key Tribal College
NBCU Academy Launch

Current Student
Tovah Strong
on NBCNews.com

Interviewed as part of
NBCU Academy Initiative

Spring Reopening Plan for Campus

Documentary and Scholarship

The Earl Biss Documentary The Spirit Who Walks Among His People
has been accepted to the 2021 Santa Fe Film Festival.

More information can be found here. And here.
As part of the celebration of the new documentary 
"Earl Biss, The Spirit Who Walks Among His People",
American Design's Paul Züeger has offered to Earl Biss giclées to anyone who donates $400 to IAIA.

Earl Biss was an early student of IAIA in the mid 60s,
and one of the original group of Native Artists who birthed the
Contemporary Native American Art Movement.

Galerie Züger Santa Fe, has represented Earl Biss since 1984.

Artwork shown above.
Winter Camp at the Headwaters of Yellowstone,
giclée, 20 x 25 inches

Contributors who donate $400 or more to IAIA will receive a giclée donated by Galerie Züger Santa Fe.

The giclée, normally sold at $800, is a high quality reproduction on canvas of the original Earl Biss oil painting
Winter Camp at the Headwaters of Yellowstone, 
oil, 1998, 48 x 60 inches.
Biss painted the piece in the last year of his life at his studio in Montana.

The Earl Biss giclée that donors to IAIA will receive is a
Commemorative Limited Edition
with registered stamp.
All donations will go to a scholarship fund for the
Institute of American Indian Arts.

To make a donation and register for the giclée, please click here.
On the "Designate My Gift" pull-down menu, select "other",
and in the remarks field type in
"Earl Biss Scholarship"
The response to the 2020 Year-End Appeal was tremendous!
We are grateful to those donors who have continued their generosity year over year, the donors who have come back to share what they can whether large or small, and our newest donors who were compelled to contribute after seeing our social media posts—
to one and all, we offer a grateful thank you.
IAIA, for nearly 60 years, has provided an opportunity for students to learn, grow, and develop their talents in Native arts and cultures.
Extending these opportunities comes at a cost.
More than 80% of our students qualify for financial assistance.
Our donors have generously continued to believe in the IAIA mission:
“to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach.” 
The Office of Institutional Advancement will continue to humbly ask for your support. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of a
college degree. If you would like to know more about how you can support
our institutional funding priorities, please contact
Danyelle Means, Director of Advancement at
505.424.2309 or via email, danyelle.means@iaia.edu.

Danyelle Means, Oglala Lakota
Director, Office of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, IAIA Foundation
SP 21 Virtual Welcome Ceremony
Anne Marie Bledsoe Downes
(Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska)
Joins Biden/Harris Leadership Team

Dr. Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) in “Mixing Mud” on YouTube
Alan Houser
(Chiricahua Apache) Sculpture in Oval Office
Joy Harjo 
(Mvskoke Nation) '68 to Serve Third Term as US Poet Laureate

Harjo Reading

Harjo Quarantine Tapes

Harjo in TCJ

You Can Still Donate to Support Student Scholarships
Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition
“Virtual Reservation”

Tania Larsson

President’s Circle Virtual Event - February 10, 2020

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Blackfoot/Siksita) in
The Santa Fe Reporter --
Curator of SWAIA Online Exhibition

Bear Robe Quoted in Crosscut Article

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05 in Hyperallergic

Diego Romero
(Cochiti Pueblo) '86
Exhibition at MIAC
Visit the
IAIA Online Store

IAIA Pendleton Blankets
in Stock


Heidi K. Brandow (Diné/Kanaka Mãoli) '13
Ucross Native American Fellowship

Brandow in National Geographic

Brandow Harvard Graduate Council

Brandow in Sheridan Press

Market Place
Continues Into
IAIA A-i-R Spring Semester
We would like to announce that Sheridan MacKnight (White Earth Chippewa/Hunkpapa Lakota) is our first virtual A-i-R artist for the semester. MacKnight is a painter and jeweler who incorporates cultural design, history, storytelling, and knowledge systems into her work. During her virtual residency MacKnight will continue to work on jewelry making as well as painting. She is also creating a new mobile project using painted parfleche, welded metal, and wire. MacKnight states, “This piece will honor the strength and history of my relations.” We are looking forward to working with MacKnight during her residency.     
Angelica Gallegos
IAIA Artist-in-Residence Assistant 
Adjunct Faculty
MoCNA Reopened to the Public!

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is once again open to the public at 25% capacity (Maximum of 40 individuals at any given time). 

MoCNA's new hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Timed tickets are available for purchase online at www.iaia.edu/product/museum-admission 
or in-person at the MoCNA museum store.
For more information, please visit: www.iaia.edu/mocnas-reopening-plans.
Please self assess your health before visiting the museum. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please delay your visit to another time. 
Face coverings and social distancing will be required while in the museum.

The museum is located at 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 

For more information please contact: 505.983.1666 or visit
Official Launch: MoCNA Mobile App!
Now available on the App Store for iPhone® and iPad®
MoCNA App on iPhone 12
 Experience the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts from your smartphone! Explore contemporary Indigenous art through our current exhibitions, through guided tours, artist interviews, and more. Stay up to date on our latest events, and explore the museum using our interactive maps.
The MoCNA app was co-developed by Cuseum, Inc. and MoCNA Senior Manager of Museum Education, Winoka Yepa (Diné).
Download on the App Store Now
All Apple and Apple logos are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
MoCNA Virtual Museum
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts virtual museum can be enjoyed via Matterport. This VR experience is a replica of our physical museum located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The virtual museum was co-created by our Senior Museum Education Manager, Winoka Yepa (Diné), and Photographer Lisa Hinson of 5D Media, who provided the high-resolution photographs used for this VR experience.

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

MoCNA Director
Patsy Phillips (Cherokee) in
The Santa Fe Reporter
Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) Exhibition
"The Moving Land: 60+ Years of Art"

This exhibition gathers together more than sixty years of Linda Lomahaftewa’s (Hopi/Choctaw, IAIA 1965) artistic production, making it possible to see the ways her work has responded to time and place, shifting with new influences. From the deep and mysterious spaces of her early paintings, to the vibrating intensity of her drawings during her years in San Francisco, to the prints and collages of the last two decades -- when the artist moves, the land moves with her, and moves us in turn.

Lomahaftewa is a printmaker, painter, and mixed media artist, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has traveled and exhibited internationally and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Arts and twice in Who's Who in American Indian Arts. In 2001 she won the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Power of Art Award. After earning her high school diploma from IAIA, Lomahaftewa received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to teaching at IAIA for more than forty years, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sonoma State University.

Linda Lomahaftewa in
First American Art

Artist Talk with
Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) and
Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee)
Patsy Phillips, Dr. Lara Evans, and Linda Lomahaftewa
at MoCNA Previewing Exhibition
 Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo) '14 and his Band 
New Video

Brian Fleetwood
(Okmulgee Creek)
Online Event

Del Curfman (Crow) '17 on KSFR
IAIA Receives 13 Pallets of PPE
Rose Simpson 
(Santa Clara Pueblo) '07 and '18 receives VIA Art Fund Grant for Artistic Production
New Staff Members in
Institutional Advancement Department

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce everyone to Esteban Moreno, the new Advancement Services Manager in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Esteban has worked at IAIA before in the Student Success Center and is a current adjunct faculty member. Esteban comes to our office with the skills and experience necessary to build upon our longstanding success in fundraising. Please help me in welcoming Esteban back to our IAIA community.

It is my sincere hope that you will help me welcome Beth Karevicius to the IAIA Community. Beth will serve as the Special Events Manager in the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA). She comes to us from New York via Colorado and will be an integral member of the OIA team. She has worked in events management for many years including starting her own event planning business in New York City. 
While we have had to reimagine all of our events this year, we know that we will someday be able to gather our IAIA community together in celebration. 
I want to thank you in advance for sending Beth a note to welcome her to our incredible IAIA community.
Danyelle Means, Oglala Lakota
Director, Office of Institutional Advancement
Executive Director, IAIA Foundation

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
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 Esteban Moreno, Advancement Services Manager,
(505) 424-2310, or emoreno@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.

Click on the red headline for more of the story.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Monday November 23, 2020–Tuesday January 4, 2022

Wed, February 10, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Thu, February 18, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

MoCNA Exhibitions

Monday July 29, 2019–Sunday July 11, 2021

Thursday June 4, 2020–Sunday March 28, 2021

Thu, January 28–Sat, July 17

Fri, February 5–Mon, May 17
Michael Namingha: Altered Landscapes
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 the Higher Learning Commission. 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
The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on the third Wednesday of each month 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 www.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