eNewsletter | February/March 2020
COVID - 19!!!!!

The  2020 AIHEC Student Conference,  which had been scheduled for Albuquerque, NM on March 21-24, 2020, will not take place out of an abundance of caution and concern for Tribal College students and their families, TCU faculty and staff, the residents of New Mexico, and most important, our Tribal elders upon whom we depend.

Carrie L. Billy (Navajo Nation)
President & CEO
March 11th Community Gathering
Venice Biannale Presentations
The Return of The Therapy Dogs
DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo) in ABQ Journal
United States
Poet Laureate
and IAIA Alumna
Joy Harjo
(Mvskoke Nation) '68
On Poets.org

Joy Harjo and IAIA Alumnae at
The Power of Poetry in America

On TulsaWorld.com
with "Poem a Day"

Cannupa Lugar (Mandan/Hidasta/Arikara/Lakota) ’11 in
New York Times

On ArtNews.com

Ramona Emerson (Diné) '15 appointed to
Governor’s Council on Film

Sundance Institute Selects 12 First-Time Feature Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive including One IAIA Student and One Alumna.

Kathleen Wall  
(Jemez Pueblo) '14
“Living Treasure” Exhibition

March 17, 2020

Dear MoCNA Members and Friends,

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, we want to share updates regarding the museum’s operations. Effective  March 18 thru April 5, 2020 , MoCNA is closed to the public and non-essential staff will be teleworking from home. The decision to bring employees back to the museum on April 6 will be based on the existing public health situation in New Mexico at that time.

To stay in touch, MoCNA will be going virtual, by sharing our most recent exhibition,  Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future , which will be displayed through a virtual environment designed by our museum education manager, Winoka Yepa. The virtual environment will be a VR (Virtual Reality) ready space that will allow online visitors to tour the exhibition on their computer or their phone. The virtual exhibition will launch next week and more information on how to access the exhibition will be shared with our museum members and friends by email and through our social media platforms. After our launch, we will begin sharing more educational content through the virtual exhibition as well as through educational guides that we will place on our website.

Additionally, MoCNA’s collection is only a click away. I invite you to visit  https://econtent.unm.edu/digital/collection/mcna  to explore approximately 1,200 objects from the nearly 9,000 contemporary Indigenous art works that comprise the MoCNA collection. 

We wish you well during this difficult time and hope to see you back at MoCNA again soon.


Patsy Phillips  (Cherokee), Director
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

The Virtual Reality Tour for "Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future" is ready for viewing!⁠
For the best experience, download the "Artsteps" app for Android on Google Play or for Apple in The App Store. Once you download the App, search by typing "Indigenous Futurisms" in the search bar. Then take your tour!
Here is the direct link to view:  https://www.artsteps.com/view/5e6bb844c131b94e2168ad2b
Download the App on Google Play (for Android): ⁠ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
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The exhibition highlights artworks that present the future from a Native perspective, and illustrates the use of cosmology and science as part of tribal oral history and ways of life. The works in this exhibition create awareness about how cultural knowledge and tribal philosophies are connected to the universe, science and the future.

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Contemporary Native Arts
Awarded Accreditation from the
American Alliance of Museums

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Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway) '04 and other IAIA Alums in First American Art

IAIA Students Win Big
in the TCJ Creative Writing Contest
IAIA Alumni Winners at the Heard

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.
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IAIA Alumnus Mike Zillioux (Pima) '75 has recently passed away.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

All upcoming events are either cancelled or postponed. This includes Powwow and Commencement. For up-to-date information, see the COVID-19 web page .

MoCNA Exhibitions

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