eNewsletter | January/February 2021

Virtual President's Circle Event

On Wednesday February 10th, IAIA held our first-ever Virtual President’s Circle Event.
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), and special guest, retired Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane), hosted an exploration the artwork of recent and upcoming IAIA graduates: Nicholas Begay (Diné), DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo), Krista Vanderblomen (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation), and Suni Sonqo Vizcarra Wood (Quechua Nation).

The first 50 members who registered for the event received a President’s Circle goodie bag containing gifts from the IAIA Foundation and edible New Mexico treats to enjoy during the event.

How do I join the President’s Circle?

The President’s Circle is comprised of donors whose individual annual support is $2,500 or more. Annual gifts from contributors in the President’s Circle help to fund the most urgent priorities established by the President and Board of Trustees. To join our President’s Circle or for more information, please contact IAIA Institutional Advancement Director Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota) at 505.424.2309 or by email at danyelle.means@iaia.edu.

Photo: Suni Sonqo Vizcarra Wood (Quechua Nation), photograph courtesy of the artist.

Spring 21 Continuing Education Classes

This semester's schedule features unique and affordable educational offerings, including live, local, and online classes, webcasts, and webinars 
offered on a first come, first served basis.
There are free webinars available including one hosted by the IAIA Land-Grant program, "The 4 Directions Projections: Sharing Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge to nurture people, revere places, and promote purpose." The series focuses on traditional knowledge and culture featuring speakers from across Indian country.

Princess Daazhraii Johnson
(Neets'aii Gwich'in)
Molly of Denali book "Crane Song" on YouTube

Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee) Appointed to Board of College Art Association
Bryson Meyers
(Chippewa-Cree / Dakota / Lakota)
Student of the Year

Dear IAIA Community,
On behalf of Scott Whitaker, Chair, and the IAIA Student of the Year Committee, it is my pleasure to announce that Bryson Meyers has been selected as IAIA’s Student of the Year. Sponsored by the American Indian College Fund, this award is based on academic achievements and commitment to community service. Bryson, an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Nation, is a senior majoring in Studio Arts with a concentration in Digital Arts and Print Making and has earned a high cumulative academic grade point average.  
Bryson’s community service includes serving as president of the IAIA’s Associated Student Government and IAIA Ambassador, in which he represented the college at various meetings and conferences. He also conducted tours for prospective students and other visitors to campus and served as the Southwest Representative to the AIHEC Student Congress.  
Bryson’s educational goals are to graduate with a BFA and then complete his Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts, teach art to Native Americans, and use his education and training to assist his tribe and community.
Please join me in congratulating Bryson as IAIA’s 2021 Student of the Year.  
Best Regards
Dr. Martin
Meyers Artwork on Cover of TCJ

Meyers Mural on IAIA Campus

Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish-Kootenai) in Albuquerque Journal

COVID Relief Funds for IAIA Students

308 Students received a total of over $171,000 in relief funds. Amounts for each student are based on their enrollment status (full time/part time) and
Pell Grant qualification.

Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) 
to Produce New Film

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05 Work Acquired by MoMA

Romero Artist Talk

IAIA Alumnae
Joy Harjo 
(Mvskoke Nation) '68 and
Anita Fields (Osage) ’74 in
Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Fields Receives
Eiteljorg Fellowship

Harjo Reading

An Evening with
Joy Harjo

Harjo Lecture

Harjo Celebrated at
UC Riverside’s 44th Annual Writers Week

Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek / Citizen Band Potawatomi) '16
at Gallery Hozho

McCoy in
First American Art

Layli Long Soldier
(Oglala Lakota) '09

Dyani White Hawk (Sicunga Rosebud Sioux) '08
New Exhibition

White Hawk Lithograph Highlighted in
UNM Newsroom

Visit the
IAIA Online Store

IAIA Pendleton Blankets
in Stock


Allison Hedge Coke (Metís) '93 Inducted into Texas Institute of Letters

Chris Pappan (Osage / Kaw / Cheyenne River Sioux) '92 Designed
Recent Google Doodle

Pappan Exhibition

Fritz Scholder (Luseño)
Celebrated on
“What it Takes”
Peter Romero and AICF Donation of
Peter Romero and Facilities Staff Keeping the IAIA Campus Safe
Please join me in sending a HUGE thank you to our hardworking Facilities staff. They have been hard at work in some very cold temps, early mornings on snowy days, shoveling and plowing to ensure that our campus is safe. Thank you, Facilities. We appreciate you!!
Lawrence T. Mirabal
Chief Financial Officer
First Peoples Fund Honors
IAIA Alumni and Student

Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band) '96
Lorraine Gala Lewis (Laguna Pueblo/Taos/Hopi) '83
Kevin E Locke (Chippewa) '72
Charine Gonzalez (San Ildefonso Pueblo)

Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidasta/Arikara/Lakota) Named
2021 USA Fellow
Nathan Jackson (Tlingit) '64 Named
2021 USA Fellow
Four IAIA Students/Alumna Named as
2021 SITE Santa Fe Scholars
Monika Guerra
Jazmin Novak (Navajo) '20
DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo)
Krista Vanderblomen (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation)

Tatiana Lomahaftewa Singer (Hopi/Choctaw) 
Quoted in the Los Angeles Times
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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Making History in Southwest Contemporary
Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) Exhibition in Albuquerque Journal

Artist Talk with
Linda Lomahaftewa and
Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee)

***NEW DATE***
MoCNA on
Visit Santa Fe
New MoCNA Staff
Please join me in welcoming Flannery Durán Barney to IAIA! Flannery is MoCNA’s new Preparator and Exhibition Coordinator. Flannery comes to us from the Roswell Museum and Art Center, where she served as preparator, assistant registrar, and collections specialist. Prior to that she worked as assistant collections manager at New Mexico State University Art Gallery. Flannery is very experienced in preparing and installing museum exhibitions, including creating display mounts and building temporary walls. She brings more than ten years of art handling experience to MoCNA and has also skills in welding, metalsmithing, and digital media. 
Patsy Phillips
(Cherokee Nation)
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
IAIA Mentioned in Money Magazine's Review of Santa Fe

Rose Simpson
(Santa Clara Pueblo) '07 and '18
Tamarind Institute
Artist Talk

Luci Tapahonso 
NEA Big Read Virtual Event with ASU
Derayna DeClay 
(White Mountain Apache) ‘19 Exhibition and Artist Talk
Chad Yellowjohn (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) ‘19 Presentation
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.
MFA CW Director Santee Frazier (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and MFA SA Director Dr. Mario Cara (Colombian Mestizo) in Diné College Event

IAIA MFA CW Mentors and Alum on OprahMag.com
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.
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IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Monday November 23, 2020–Tuesday January 4, 2022

Thu, March 4, 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
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