eNewsletter | February/March 2018
IAIA Tops AIHEC Once Again!
The IAIA team put in hard work and dedication before their recent trip to Bismarck, South Dakota over Spring Break to compete in the annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Spring Conference . IAIA won a total of 35 awards—the most overall awards in this year’s conference, including 24 art awards: best of show and president’s choice , along with archery, film, speech, student congress, poetry slam and more.
Here’s a list of winners:
3rd -­ Archery (Women’s Individual) – LeOreal “Effie” Wall (Ute Mountain Tribe)
Best of Show – Alex Lewis (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)
Presidents Choice – Alex Lewis (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)
Honorable Mention – Joseph Newman (Navajo Nation)
Honorable Mention – Caitlyn Bird (Naotkamegwanning First Nation)
1st – Ceramics / Pottery – Kinsley Gchachu (Zuni Pueblo)
1st – Digital Arts / Design – Dominic Knight (Navajo Nation)
3rd – Dimensional – Golga Oscar (Native Village of Kasigluk)
1st – Drawing – Manny Ramirez (Otoe-Missouria)
2nd – Drawing – Chad Browneagle (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska)
3rd – Drawing – Patrick Bednark
1st – Jewelry – Leroy Grafe
2nd – Jewelry – Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi)
3rd – Jewelry – Amber Byars (Mississippi Band of Choctaws)
3rd – Leather – Leroy Grafe
1st – Mixed Media – Alex Lewis (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)
1st – Painting – Patrick Bednark
3rd – Painting – Leroy Grafe
1st – Photography – Scarlett Cortez
2nd – Photography – Leroy Grafe
3rd – Quilt – Tina Sparks
1st – Sculpture – Alex Lewis (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)
3rd – Sculpture – Jacob Frye (Tesuque Pueblo)
2nd – Textiles – Jontay Kahmakoatayo  (Little Pine First Nation)

Director’s Award – Leroy Grafe
Best Editing – Leroy Grafe
Best Screen Writing/Plot – Littlebear Sanchez (Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas)
Best Special Effects – Chad Browneagle (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska)
2nd – Marrisa Irizarry
1st – Individual Serious Interpretation – Scarlett Cortez
2nd – Individual Serious Interpretation – Daryl Bolton (Lax-Kw'Alaams)
1st – Persuasive – Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi)
Fiction – Rowena Alegría
Poetry – A.M. Osceola (Crow Tribe of Montana)
Poetry - Honorable Mention Vivian M. Carroll (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

To read an article in Tribal College Journal about the conference, click here .

Photographs by LeRoy Grafe
Women’s History Month
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) recognized March as Women's History Month and honored contemporary Native and non-Native women artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, curators, art professionals, academics, and students who worked, exhibited, or presented at MoCNA in 2017. These amazing women continue to break barriers and bring a feminist discourse to the forefront. They are outstanding in their fields, hold important roles in our communities, and their narrative is echoed in their practice. We applaud and support contemporary Native and non-Native women in the arts.

Additionally, IAIA Dean Charlene Teters and the Academic Department acknowledged Native “Sheroes” that have served as inspiration to the IAIA Community.

The KSFR show “Through our Eyes” hosted by IAIA Marketing and Communications Director Eric Davis had two notable special guests for Women’s history Month: Activist Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee) and Educator and Consultant Joely Proudfit (Luiseño/Payomkowishum).
Jon Davis and the MFA Program
Students of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program have been making waves throughout the literary world. To hear an interview with Program Director Jon Davis on the IAIA Low Rez MFA program, click here .

Jon Davis's poem, Brief on Disappointment , won second prize in the 2018 Yeats Poetry Prize contest. He will read his poem, together with the other winners, on April 2 nd , between 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble bookstore, 33 East 17 Street in NYC.

Jon is also Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center.  As Visiting Writer, Jon gave a reading, two craft talks, and held manuscript conference with a dozen residents. IAIA has a collaboration with the VSC that provides a month long scholarship for an IAIA MFA alumni to attend the VSC each year. 

IAIA MFA Alumna and Faculty Terese Mailhot’s HEART BERRIES Still Going Strong

HEART BERRIES by IAIA’s Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) MFA ’16, is now a New York Times bestseller ! It was also named as the March/April selection for the OurSharedShelf book club by actress Emma Watson . Read Emma's consideration of the book here .

Also check out an interview with Terese on Straight.com.
CBC Radio recommends HEART BERRIES. Check it out .
Article and Interview at TheStar.com .
Terese interviewed on The Daily Show .


Tommy Orange’s Debut Novel Buzz

Congratulations to IAIA MFA alumnus and faculty Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho), MFA '16, whose story "The State," appeared in the March 26th issue of The New Yorker .

Here’s an excerpt from his forthcoming novel There There , read by Tommy himself.
Enjoy The New Yorker interview with Tommy here.
Kirkus starred review of There There here.
Additionally, There There has been selected for Barnes & Noble’s Summer 2018 Discover Great New Writers program.


Congratulations IAIA MFA Faculty Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq), WINNER of the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition .


Joaquin Zihuatanejo MFA ‘17, has a new book, Arsonist, coming in October; and recently he had three poems published in The Boiler . Zihuatanejo also won the 2017 Anhinga Press-Robert Dana Prize. Congratulations.


MFA student Rowena Alegria was a finalist in the Mississippi Review’s fiction contest and that story will appear in an upcoming issue of The Mississippi Review. She has also been accepted to the 2018 Macondo Writers Workshop.


MFA student David Tromblay has stories out in:
RED INK: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities
The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature


MFA student Erin Singer’s story “Bad Northern Women” appears in Conjunctions 70 . Another of her stories was just accepted by PLOUGHSHARES .


MFA student Dennis Staples has been accepted into the Clarion West Writers Workshop for the class of 2018. He was accepted based on his story "The Fourth Hill," which was published in Asimov's last year.

IAIA 2018 Music Fest
Mark your calendars! Saturday, April 21st, the IAIA MusicFes t Returns to the Dance Circle. Live music from 10am-6pm, vendors, food, and fun! Performers include Nataanii Means (Oglala Lakota/Diné/Omaha) Levi Platero (Navajo), Son of Hwéeldi, Lakota John (Oglala Lakota/Lumbee), and more!

As part of the day’s activities there’s also an Indigenous Solutions Healing Mini Festiva l. For more information contact Sheila Rocha (Tarasco) at sheila.rocha@iaia.edu .

Anyone interested in vending at the Festival contact Nocona Burgess (Comanche) at nburgess@iaia.edu or Phil Cooney at pcconey@iaia.edu .

Anyone who would like to volunteer to work the event contact Eric Davis at eric.davis@iaia.edu . No experience necessary.
IAIA Alumna Courtney Leonard receives 2018 National Artist Fellowship

Congratulations to ceramicist and multimedia artist Courtney M. Leonard , a member of the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York, who received a 2018 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation . She studied art and museum studies at IAIA , where she received an AFA in 2000. She went on to earn a BFA in 2002 from Alfred University , and an MFA in 2008 from the Rhode Island School of Design . Through her large-scale video/audio/photographic installations, she explores and documents the multiple definitions of definitions of "Breach", and exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale, and material sustainability. She currently lives in Santa Fe and works as a professional artist and lecturer. She received a Best of Division in Sculpture from Eiteljorg Indian Market in 2011 and exhibits internationally.
2018 Student Success Summit
This year’s Student Success Summit  provided a learning environment and support system that encouraged students to achieve their educational goals. As part of the efforts to increase student retention and graduation rates, we gathered to learn from students and their experiences at IAIA and will use this data to plan for improvement. It takes the entire IAIA community to address the barriers to graduation that affect IAIA students. To do so requires a strategically planned pathway that tracks how all departments and programs are contributing to some of our mission objectives. Our Keynote Speaker, Carrie Billie (Navajo Nation), President and CEO of AIHEC, discussed her personal strategies for success. Other workshops included:
  • Connection with students through Flash Mentoring
  • Learning a fun, new processes for writing a paper
  • Learning, respecting and supporting our LGBTQ community
Nena Martinez Anaya  
Noted Multimedia and Performance Artist James Luna Passes Away at 67

IAIA is sad to announce the passing of internationally renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Payómkawichum (Luiseño)/Ipi (Diegueño and Mexican-American).

Luna was born in 1950 in Orange, California. He moved to the La Jolla Indian Reservation in California in 1975, where he lived until his death in 2018. In 1976, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine , and in 1983, he earned a Master of Science degree in counseling at San Diego State University. In 2011, Luna received an Honorary PhD from IAIA. Luna taught art at the University of California, San Diego and, he spent 25 years as a full-time academic counselor at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.

With over 30 years of exhibition and performance experience Luna has given voice to Native American cultural issues, pursued innovative and versatile media within his disciplines, and charted waters for other artists to follow. His powerful works transform gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.

Currently his work is part of Without Boundaries , an exhibition on view at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts . The exhibition features Indigenous leaders in the arts and the work of contemporary artists whose work encourages social action. The artworks explore issues from decolonization to climate change. 
Rest in Peace James Luna.

On March 22 nd , IAIA and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts hosted A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Luna in the LTC Auditorium on the IAIA Campus on March 22 nd .

The celebration included remembrances by IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane), IAIA Associate Dean Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee), IAIA Musuem of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Director Patsy Phillps (Cherokee), and IAIA Visiting Professor Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Blackfoot/Siskita). There was also a video presentation of Luna's work produced by IAIA Archivist Ryan Flahive . A few folks in the audience, including noted actor and musician Gary Farmer (Haudenosaunee/Iroquois) also came forward to speak. It was a beautiful event.

Click here to watch a video of James Luna’s recent visit to IAIA. A beautiful article on James in Hyperallergic can be seen here .
Therapy Dogs Return!

Therapy Dogs once again visited with IAIA Students, Faculty, and Staff, on Wednesday, March 7 th .The IAIA Library staff usually hosts therapy dogs during midterms week. What a fun way to take a break!
Artist-in-Residence News: Meghann O’Brien replaces Christa Cassano
Christa Cassano (Confederated Tribes of Colville, Arrow Lakes Band) had to cut short her residency at IAIA due to illness, and has been replaced with former A-i-R artist Meghann O’Brien (Haida/Kwakwaka'wakw) The weaving she was working in during her residency last spring is now finished and can be viewed in her studio in the Performing Arts & Fitness Building. 
Artist-in-Residence Artists in the Digital DOME

IAIA Digital DOME Artist-in-Residence artists David Stout and Stephen Lucas were here March 26 th -30 th . They held Workshops and a performance of The Janus Switch on Thursday March 29 th at 7:00 pm. They were both on hand for student interaction, inquiry, feedback and discussion. Learn more about them at: noisefold.com/david-stout and lucasstephen.com .

Layli Long Soldier Wins National Book Critics Circle Award
The 2018 Nation Book Critics Circle Award for poetry went to IAIA Alumna Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota) ’09, for Whereas , a work focused on the histories and identities of Native American women. 
Artist/Dancer Emily Johnson Talked to
Santa Fe via New York City!
Emily Johnson (Yup'ik), currently featured in the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts exhibition,  Without Boundaries held a Skype™ discussion at the museum on Friday, March 16 th . Johnson’s art is body-based work. She’s a Bessie Award winning choreographer and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, Originally from Alaska, she creates work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment-interacting with a place's architecture, history, and role in community. Johnson has received support from the 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Creative Capital, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Map Fund, a Joyce Award, the McKnight Foundation and New England Foundation for the Arts .

Emily Johnson
Museum Discussion
Basketball at IAIA

On Wednesday March 7 th , IAIA held our first ever official basketball game in the new gym in the John and Sophie Ottens Fitness Center . The game -- between the Co-Ed Basketball Fitness class and a mixed team of Faculty, Staff and a couple of student ringers – was a lot of fun. The Staff team got out to an early lead and stayed ahead until the final buzzer (the new scoreboards worked well) despite a surge in the second half by the determined Students. Parents, Students, and Staff attended and enjoyed cheering for both teams. I think that this space will definitely be one of the favorite on campus in the future and everyone looks forward to the next game. If you are staff/faculty/adjunct and wish to play the next time, please contact Paul Moore at  pmoore@iaia.edu .

paul moore. alum 
President’s List/Dean’s List Luncheon
On March 19 th , IAIA hosted the President and Dean’s List Luncheon to celebrate the academic achievements of our students. The Opening Prayer/Honor Song was presented by Justin Atencio (Santo Domingo Pueblo). IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) and IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) presented certificates to those students who made their lists due to academic excellence. Congratulations to all!
IAIA Acquires Personal Papers of Artist Seymour Tubis
The Archives at IAIA recently acquired the papers of artist and educator Seymour Tubis (1919-1993). Tubis was faculty at IAIA from 1963-1981 and is credited with establishing the Institute's printmaking department . Tubis joined IAIA in September 1963 and was a valuable member of the fine arts faculty until 1981. The Tubis Papers contain correspondence, catalogs, event flyers, photographs, and slides that document his art career between 1946-1992. Also included in the papers is a series of documents stemming from " Contemporary American Indian Printmaking " an unpublished book project Tubis worked on until 1992. The collection provides art historians with further insight on the unique curriculum and diverse faculty at IAIA in the 1960s and 1970s. 
Active Shooter Presentation

Facilities Director Peter Romero hosted numerous presentations for IAIA students, faculty, staff, and families on how to react if you are involved in an active shooter situation. The key message on what to do if this happens to you is: Run, Hide, Fight!

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 call Angela Sedillo at (505) 424-5730.
Et Cetera

Et cetera contains photographs of happenings related to IAIA-be it on campus, at the IAIA Musuem of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site.
Congratulations to Heather Ahtone (Chickasaw/Choctaw), who was appointed by The American Indian Cultural Center Foundation as its senior curator. Heather graduated from IAIA in 1993 with an AA in Creative Writing. She assumes her new role after serving for more than six years at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art as the James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art; and upon completion of her doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Oklahoma . Her previous experience at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art and the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts and working as both an independent and institutional curator have provided opportunities for her participation on numerous important exhibitions.

Marisa Jimenez , Executive Director of the Stagecoach Foundation, Author and Producer George RR Martin , IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper (Choctaw), and IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), met at the Stagecoach Foundation for a gathering before George goes underground for 6-8 months to write his next book. 

Congratulations to IAIA Alumna Razelle Benally (Navajo/Oglala Lakota), BFA ’17 who has been selected to be part of the MFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts Film Directing Program. 

Jamie Figueroa (Boricua/TaÌno) has joined IAIA as our new Assistant to the Director of the MFA program. Jamie will report directly to Jon Davis , Director of the MFA Creative Writing program and comes to IAIA with great experience and an extensive knowledge of IAIA. Jamie earned her Creative Writing BFA here as Valedictorian of her class, and went on to get her MFA in our Creative Writing program as well. Jamie's professional resume is wide ranging and includes work as adjunct faculty here at IAIA , Guest Lecturer at University of New Mexico and Highlands University , and most recently as an MFA Faculty Advisor at Goddard College . Jamie is represented by literary agent PJ Mark of Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Her short story, "That Temporary," is forthcoming in  McSweeney's. We are thrilled to have her take on this position at her Alma Mater.

Congratulation to IAIA Alumna Ramona Emerson (Diné) ’15 for winning the Audience Choice Award at the One Nation Film Festival for her documentary The Mayors of Shiprock !

Congratulations to IAIA MFA screenwriting alumnus Dr. Waylon Baker (Three Affiliated Tribes), MFA ‘17, who just accepted the position of president of White Earth Tribal & Community College .

IAIA Community-

It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of the Lakota elder, Norman Red Star , who has been the water pourer for our sweat lodge ceremonies on campus for the past 3 years. As we were preparing for a sweat ceremony this past Saturday, we learned of his passing.  Norman will be greatly missed by the many people he has helped and especially for his spiritual teachings, guidance and prayer.

Please keep Norman’s family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. 

Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone)
Dean of Students
Student Life
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
View Happenings

February 28, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Wayne Nez Gaussoin, and Orlando Dugi—Open Studios

April 4, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin—Open Studios

April 6, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Nizhónígo Anílééh (Make it Beautiful)—Flower Arranging Workshop

April 7, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
IAIA Disc Golf Amateur Classic 2.0

April 11, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., and Ian Kuali’i—Brown Bag It at MoCNA

April 12, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin—Dinner and Studio Tours

April 13, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
IAIA 2018 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition “Semblance”—Opening Reception

April 26, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Meghann O’Brien, and Ian Kuali’i—Dinner and Studio Tours

May 2, 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
IAIA 2018 ILS Senior Project Presentations

May 5, 10:00 am–7:00 pm
IAIA Powwow

May 12, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
IAIA Commencement

August 15, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
2018 IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction

View Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

February 16–July 29, 2018

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 8–June 3, 2018

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

February 9–July 31, 2018

February 9–May 12, 2018
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