eNewsletter | February/March 2021

Names IAIA
one of the
Best Colleges in New Mexico

Virtual Town Hall
March 10, 2021

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) hosted another in a series of Town Hall meetings on March 10th. Items discussed were the COVID-19 vaccine, internet connectivity, the legislative session, resuming classes after Spring Break, campus constructions projects and upgrades, and the Achieving the Dream program.
Jeff Kahm
(Plains Cree of the Little Pine First Nation)
Dear IAIA Community,

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Jeff Kahm, our beloved Studio Arts professor. According the Santa Fe Police Department, Professor Kahm was driving to campus this morning when he suffered a medical emergency and his vehicle overturned. When help arrived on the scene, the EMTs were unsuccessful in reviving him. As we receive more information, we will share that with you. A memorial service will be scheduled soon.

Please keep Professor Kahm’s family in your prayers.

Dr. Martin
IAIA Donates Computers to Santa Fe Indigenous Center

Russel Stolins, Director of Online Learning, has orchestrated a donation of 55 decommissioned Mac computers to the Santa Fe Indigenous Center (formerly Santa Fe Indian Center).
Eliza Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo) Receives
UCROSS Spring 2021 Native American Fellowship

Gary Medina's (Genízaro)
Films in Film Festivals Across the World
Cinematic Arts student Gary Medina has had some success this Festival Season with his films "Tomena" and "Paint By Numbers". "Tomena" was a Santa Fe Film Festival Finalist - one of four Nominations for Best Story. It was also a Finalist at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Chicago Independent Film Festival (Semi Finalist
), It was also screened at the Native Spirit International Film Festival in London, the Red Nation International Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Montreal International Film Festival. "Paint by Numbers" was screened at the New York Tri-State Film Festival, and was a Finalist for Best Short Film at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Coming Next Month: Interview With Retired Trustee Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw)
Climate Awareness

IAIA Students Win in Numerous Categories in the 2020 Tribal College Student Creative Writing Contest

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05
Artist Talk

Romero With Washington State Arts Commission

Romero in Native American Art Magazine

Romero in Pasatiempo

Joy Harjo 
(Mvskoke Nation) '68
Elected to
American Academy of Arts and Letters

Harjo Harvard Event on April 5th

Harjo Women’s NIWRC Herstory Month

Harjo and
Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) '16 Event

Harjo Inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame

Harjo at NMAI

Harjo SAR Event

Harjo Tulsa Fellowship Event

Harjo Reads "Story Tree" on YouTube

Harjo New Album
"I Pray For My Enemies"

Tovah Strong First Tribal College Student To Win Prestigious Glascock Poetry Contest

Melissa Shaginoff (Athabascan) ‘15
in Santa Fe Reporter

"Reservation Dogs"
Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee)
Migizi Pennsoneau (Ponca/Ojibwe) FX Series Holding Auditions

Harjo Finalizing Locations

Dyani White Hawk (Sicunga Rosebud Sioux) '08
Wins American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize

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IAIA Online Store

IAIA Pendleton Blankets
in Stock


Allison Hedge Coke (Metís) '93 Wins George Garret Award From AWP

Hedge Coke on University of Arizona Podcast

Chris Pappan (Osage / Kaw / Cheyenne River Sioux) '92 on MyModernMet.com

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa)
2021 Frost Medal

Patricia Michaels 
(Taos Pueblo) '89 
Dr. Mario Caro
(Colombian Mestizo) Indigenous Curation Lecture

Rose B. Simpson
(Santa Clara Pueblo) '07 and '18 at SCAD Museum of Art

Razelle Benally (Lakota/Diné) '17 Storytellers Project

Benally at MoMA

Neebin Southall 
(Chippewa of Rama) ’19
in Poetry Book
IAIA Alumni Featured in First American Art Magazine
IAIA Cinematic Arts Program in The Paper

Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) '90
in Santa Fe New Mexican

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
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
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MoCNA Social Engagement Program in
Santa Fe Reporter
Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) Exhibition Pasatiempo Cover Story

Co-curated by Joseph Maldonado and Ethan Swearengin (Cherokee Nation), the 2020/2021 IAIA Senior Exhibition highlights artwork that reflects the diverse backgrounds of this year's graduating BFA students. The juried show presents the bold and unique voices of emerging artists that share common concerns -- such as issues of cultural and gender identity, discrimination, and the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some works refer to artists's personal experiences and their relationship to the natural world, others explore themes in urban spaces or focus on the experimentation with materials and forms. Created in a variety of media, the works are grounded in ideas of cultural, social, and historical import. On view April 23, 2021 through October 10, 202
Gallery Talk with Artist Lomahaftewa and Curator Dr. Lara M. Evans available on MoCNA's YouTube Page
The recent gallery talk with artist Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) and curator Dr. Lara M. Evans (Cherokee), featured discussions of Lomahaftewa's solo exhibition The Moving Land: 60+ Years of Art by Linda Lomahaftewa, which is on view through July 18, 2021.

The Moving Land gathers together more than sixty years of Linda Lomahaftewa's artistic production, making it possible to see the ways her work has responded to time and place.
The recording of the artist talk is available on MoCNA's YouTube Page. For more information, please visit our website at www.iaia.edu/mocna or call 505.428.5912.
Colleen R. Lucero
(Hopi) ‘14
 and the
Hopi Harvey Project
Leanne Campbell (Coeur d'Alene) ‘14
in the St. Marie's Gazette Record

Terrance Guardipee
(Blackfeet) ’95 Designs Cover for Native American Art Magazine
Dr. Bill Sayre
To Retire

Dear IAIA community,
After nine years of employment at IAIA, Dr. Bill Sayre is retiring from his position as Director of Institutional Research. Dr. Sayre’s last day on campus will be May 21, 2021.   
During his tenure, he played a key role in ensuring IAIA’s compliance with the Higher Learning Commission’s requirements for accreditation by providing the leadership for our institutional self-study, assurance argument, and substantive change requests. He also led the process for updating our strategic plans and assisted with promoting the assessment of student learning outcomes. In addition, he was responsible for data collection and analyses efforts, functioned as the administrator for the IAIA’s Institutional Review Board, and served as the Chair of the Health, Safety, and Security Committee. 
Please join me in expressing gratitude to Dr. Sayre for his leadership, service, and commitment to IAIA and wishing him the best of luck in his retirement and future endeavors.  At a later date, we will schedule a COVID – 19 safe retirement reception for Dr. Sayre.  
The Director of Institutional Research position will be advertised nationally. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office.
Best Regards,
Dr. Martin
Charlene Teters (Spokane) Mural at Gonzaga

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.

Trudell Vasquez reports that she been selected to attend the virtual Macondo 2021 poetry workshop with Allison Hedge Coke (Metís).
Current MFA Mentors
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Darvin Descheny (Navajo) '20 Named Interim Public Programs Manager at the Museum of Northern Arizona
Dear IAIA Community,
Please join me in welcoming Chris Hagedorn, our new Retention & Services Director. Chris has many years of experience working in education is the founder of Positive Schoolwide Climate and Culture, which provides multi-tiered professional development and technical support for students and schools related to improving school climate and culture. Chris has an MS.Ed. from Indiana University and will oversee the Learning Lab, Retention Programs and ADA Services.
Nena Martinez Anaya, M.A.Ed.
Chief Admissions & Student Success Officer
Student Success Center/Admissions & Recruitment
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Monday November 23, 2020–Tuesday January 4, 2022

Wed, February 10–Sun, May 2
Wed, April 7, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

MoCNA Exhibitions

Monday July 29, 2019–Sunday July 11, 2021

Thu, January 28–Sat, July 17

Fri, February 5–Mon, May 17
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