eNewsletter | January/February 2019
IAIA Receives Grant for Research Center
To read the story from the Albuquerque Journal click here.
Dean Charlene Teters’ Painting Featured at
NM State Capitol
NM Senators John Pinto and Benny Shendo, Jr.  recognized NM Congresswoman Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) on February 1st, on the Senate floor at the State Capitol as the guest speaker for 2019 American Indian Day at the Legislature.  Congresswoman Haaland is an advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and is bringing the issue to national attention.
Dean Charlene Teters’ (Spokane) painting Lady in Red Shawl  was highlighted during the events at the roundhouse.

Shown at left: Dean Teters Jackie Osceola (Seminole Nation of Florida),  Tina Sparks , and Lorenza Marcais (Chicanx/Mescalero Apache descent) attending the celebration of 10 Years of the State -Tribal Collaboration Act .

At right is US Congresswoman Debra Haaland and Dean Teters with the painting.
The IAIA Online Store is Up and Running on the IAIA Website

visit and share: https://iaia.edu/store/
Faculty and Staff Lunch with the Board of Trustees
Once again, the Board of Trustees took time away from their quarterly meeting to have lunch with members of the IAIA Community -- this time in the Hogan with members of the Staff and Faculty. Board Chair Loren Kieve (Cherokee) commented on his memories of assisting in the building of the Hogan with the IAIA Staff and Faculty when IAIA first moved to this campus. All attendees were invited to introduce themselves and talk about their position and their feelings about the school. It was a truly wonderful occasion.

IAIA and Other Tribal Colleges on Capitol Hill

I recently attended the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Legislative Summi t with IAIA students Nakesha Edwards (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community) and Caleigh Benally (Navajo). We met with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, including Senators Udall and Heinrich and Congressman Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), one of two Native Congressional Representative women in Congress. We also met with Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk), the other Native Congresswoman from Kansas -- who attended Haskell Indian Nations University, where I was previously President.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
IAIA Alumni and the Nizhóní Girls in High Country News
Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa) ‘06 tells the story of Shaun Beyale (Diné), BFA ’14, and Jason Asenap (Comanche/Muscogee Creek), MFA ’17, creating a Desert Surf Rock Band Graphic Novel.

January Community Gathering

On Wednesday, January 30th, IAIA held the first Community Gathering of the new year. The event began with Dean Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone) providing an opening prayer.

Student Activities Coordinator Nocona Burgess (Comanche) shared details of the upcoming AIHEC Convention and the Art and Film competition. Then Chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, James Lujan (Taos Pueblo) presented 3 student films: The Creature , directed by  Littlebear Sanchez (Lipan Apache); Exhaust , directed by Carrie Dada (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma); and Simone , directed by LeRoy Grafe .

Spring Semester CE Classes

#NoFILTER - 2019 BFA Exhibition and Opening Reception

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Featured in Santa Fe Reporter

The  Santa Fe Reporter has listed the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts as one of the top things to love in Santa Fe.  

IAIA Alumnus
Manny Ramirez
(Otoe-Missouria), BFA ’18, Opens Exhibition in the
Lloyd Kiva New Gallery
of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Store

2019 IAIA Art Competition and AIHEC Competitions

IAIA students participated in the IAIA Art Competition, with the winning pieces shown at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery -- and entered into the AIHEC Art competition. The AIHEC competition in a joint program with all of the tribal colleges from around the country, as well as one from Canada, participating . Our students compete in a variety of competitions from knowledge bowl to the art competition. Our students do very well in the art competition we usually win 20-25 awards out of the 42 available. We have so much art here at IAIA that we have a pre-show competition, and then take the winning pieces from our IAIA show and send them to AIHEC. Our students win cash prizes at the IAIA art competition. There are 39 tribal colleges and universities represented at the competitions. The art competition has two divisions: traditional and contemporary. Traditional includes beadwork, leather work, quilt, textiles and dimensional work. The contemporary division is painting, digital arts, photography, ceramic, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture and drawing. Good luck to our students this year at the competition in Billings, MT - March 16-19!

Nocona Burgess (Comanche)

Alumna Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05,
in Vanity Fair .

IAIA Artist-in-Residence, Noted Composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation) Composes Original Sc ore for
Patricia Michaels
(Taos Pueblo)
New Fashion Show
A wonderful Open Rehearsal for the Fashion Show was held in the Black Box - Wednesday, February 27th.
Open Studios
On Wednesday, February 13th, the IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists held Open Studios. Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Ric Gendron (Colville Confederated Tribe), Monique Sonoquie  (Chumash, Apache, Yaqui, Zapotec, Irish), and Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation)
invited in the IAIA community in to their studios see/hear their works in progress.

"At IAIA, Agriculture is Art" by Director of Land Grant Programs Charlene Carr (Laguna Pueblo) in Tribal College Journal

2019 Student Success Summit
The Spring 2019 Student Success Summit was held on February 14th. To kick-off the event, Keynote Speaker, Alumna Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa), AFA ’96, gave an inspiring talk, featuring quotes such as “Follow whatever makes your heart sing," “Be true to your unique story," and “Keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
Nena Martinez Anaya, Chief Enrollment and Retention Officer, hosted the event with assistance by IAIA Ambassador Bryson Meyers ( Chippewa-Cree/Dakota/Lakota).

The keynote was followed by workshops throughout the day, and the Scholarship Awards Luncheon - where Nena , Scott Whitaker, Financial Aid Director, and Judith Pepper (Choctaw), Director of Institutional Advancement, announced the scholarship winners, The Dean's and Presidents's Lists, and Student of the Year - Dezbah Evans (Navajo).

Brown Bag Lunch with Alumni

Chee Brossy (Diné), Alumni Relations Manager, sponsored a brown bag lunch with IAIA Alumni Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05, and Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) , '86, to discuss life after IAIA as working artists.
IAIA Short Play Festival
Bravo to the profound interpretative readings by our actors for the first annual IAIA playwriting festival. Playwrights Alexandra Shunka Hessbrook Ranier (Cheyenne River Lakota), Vivian Carroll (Cherokee), and Jay Muskett (Navajo), presented their current works in the newly reconfigured Performing Arts Black Box Theater. Thank you tech and house crew: Jazmin Novak (Navajo), Peter Holt, and AJ Dixon (Navajo).

Sheila Rocha ( Tarasco-Purépecha)
Andrea Hanley (Navajo), Membership and Program Manager, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in THE Magazine
Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.

Five IAIA Writers: Joaquin Zihuatanejo , MFA ’17, Lemanuel Loley (Diné), MFA ’18, Jake Skeets (Diné), MFA ’18, Doug Bootes, ( Saponi/Catawba), BFA ’17, and  Carla Crujido,  did a group reading on Saturday Feb 23rd at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair in Tempe, AZ. Story here.

Dennis Staples (Redlake Band of Chippewa Indians), MFA ’18, will have a story in the April issue of Nightmare Magazine .

MFA Faculty 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 Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) at (505) 424-2309 or judith.pepper@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
Et cetera contains information about happenings related to IAIA-be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Thu, March 7, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Sat, March 9, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Wed, March 13, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Tue, March 26, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

View Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

Fri, January 25–Fri, July 19

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 4:07-4:30 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