eNewsletter | July/August 2018
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It was surely a night to remember and celebrate with the Institute of American Indian Arts . Over $330,000 was raised to support student success. Proceeds from the event shattered previous years’ records, and there was overwhelming support from IAIA Alumni. Thank you for your support and generosity! 80% of our students are in need of financial assistance to stay enrolled in their chosen academic programs. This event helps support our next generation of students, enabling them to achieve their dream of a college education. Join us in helping our students graduate debt-free—maybe the greatest gift of a lifetime!
IAIA patrons and guests attending the Annual Scholarship Dinner & Auction on August 15 th had the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking fundraising endeavor centered around the casting of a sculpture in a small limited edition at the Allan Houser Foundry on campus. Renowned Santa Clara Pueblo artist Roxanne Swentzell was the first artist invited to participate and she produced a fabulous work entitled “Freedom” – a figure who is in the acting of sculpting herself and thus setting herself free (a perfect metaphor for what goes on at IAIA).

Congratulations to Director Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) and the entire staff of the Office of Institutional Advancement for their success!

For an album of photos from the event click here .
Char Teters (Spokane) was recently awarded the Frederick Douglas Award, which is part of the celebration of his bicentennial. Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center have partnered to honor 200 individuals whose modern-day work best embodies Douglass’s legacy of social change. To learn more, go to https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/ng-interactive/2018/jul/05/the-frederick-douglass-200

Powerhouse Collaboration of Santa Fe Art Institutions Explores Hot-Button Topics in Native and Indigenous Art

The collaborative partners include: IAIA and its Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), the Museum of International Folk Art , the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts , the School for Advanced Research (SAR), the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Market), the Native Treasures Art Market , and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

All of the themes of Project Indigene - authenticity, appropriation, activism, and artistic identity -are issues that have concerned the indigenous arts and culture community for decades.Activism: Indigenous artisans, like other artists, use their practice to advance an agenda for positive social change in the world. Recognizing native art as an important aspect of activism, telling the stories of the struggles and triumphs of indigenous people, using their practice to change in the world. The Indigenous Art team recognizes a need to advance an agenda to protect native imagery used inappropriately for commercial gain.

For more information on Project Indigene, visit

IAIA Alumnus Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), ‘95
in Hyperallergic for Project Indigine.


On Thursday, August 16 th , the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts held openings for three new exhibitions, at the Allan Houser Art Park at the Museum.

Three new exhibitions opened including  Meeting the Clouds Halfway: Terrol Dew Johnson and Aranda\Lasch Expanding Horizons: Darren Vigil Gray , and  Holly Wilson: On Turtle's Back .

The opening featuring DJ   Celeste Worl (Tlingit) .
For details on these and other exhibitions, visit   https://iaia.edu/iaia-museum-of-contemporary-native-arts/museum-exhibitions/


MoCNA recently commissioned muralist  Ian Kuali'i  (Native Hawaiian/Mescalero Apache) to create a large scale mural in the Allan Houser Art Park of the museum. The mural, entitled,  Ho'oulu'ia , a Hawaiian word which means, "Making to Grow", is derived from the Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian belief that growth comes in the form of inspirational gifts given by one's Aumākua or ancestral Goddess or God, by a beneficial spirit possession. These gifts may arrive in the form of vision and strength, which ensures that the act or endeavor one undertakes is approached and manifested in a superior manner. Kuali'i is a full-time multi-disciplinary artist born in Orange County, California, and raised on Maui, Hawaii. He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM. The cultural revolution of Hip Hop initially influenced Kuali'i's style and subject matter and he eventually moved to New York City where he began his East Coast pilgrimage to the roots of the graffiti art movement. Most recently, Kuali'i was a resident in the IAIA Artist-in-Residence program. 

This past Spring, the museum's collections department purchased additional shelving for the collection through funding received from IAIA Strategic Priority funds. The new shelving unit was installed and will accommodate up to 400 three-dimensional objects of baskets, beadwork, sculpture, jewelry, and other works. The project also included funding to hire student workers to assist with the registration, art handling, and relocation of art objects. With the help of IAIA student workers Austin Big Crow (Lakota), Lorenza Marcais , Stephanie Stewart  (Navajo/Kiowa), and Dawna Walters (Diné) over 300 objects have been re-located and registered. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. 
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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is asking for $800,000 in funding. To learn more:
Stagecoach Foundation announced a new collaboration with Mango Post , the industry-leading post production company behind such series and films as Minority Report, Goliath , and Empire . As part of an ongoing relationship between the educational/outreach foundation and the LA based film editing company, a new program will allow local New Mexicans to work directly with Mango Post staff. IAIA Alumnus Dwayne Joe (Diné-Hopi ) was hired as a Mango Post dailies operator. Dwayne will work on  Roswell , a reboot of the popular science-fiction series for the CW network. Dwayne directed and produced the award-winning short documentary film  Big Sister Rug , about the world’s largest hand-woven Navajo rug. He has worked as a cinematographer for Santa Fe’s Indigenous Language Institute and a graphic designer for KOB-TV in Albuquerque. When he was informed of his good fortune, Dwayne was “blown away—I was really excited that I got the opportunity to fill that position!” As soon as he got the job, he started to research and prepare for his involvement on Roswell. “I can’t wait to start,” he added.
Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.









Crisosto Apache  (Mescalero Apache), ‘15 has two of his short stories featured in the anthology, Still Coming Home . More here:  https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/still-coming-home-conversations-about-experience-war-0


MFA Faculty member Ramona Ausubel will be judging this year's Short Story Project competition. To submit visit   https://shortstoryproject.com/contest/




Darlene Naponse (Ojibway/Atikameksheng/Anishnawbek) ’15 
wrote and directed Falls Around Her , a film starring famed actress Tantoo Cardinal (Métis) that will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September. 


Angie Trudell Vasquez , ’17, was a finalist for the New Woman's Voices Chapbook competition. Additionally, Finishing Line Press is publishing a portion of her thesis manuscript, " In Light, Always Light."  

In the current issue of TCJ you'll find:

Art by Bryson Meyers (Chippewa Cree), Patrick Bednark , and Mikayla Patton (Oglala Lakota Sioux).

Poetry by Rowena Alegria http://tcjstudent.org/down-and-out-in-pueblo/ , and A.M. Osceola (Seminole) http://tcjstudent.org/laika/.

MFA Mentor Kimberly Blaeser (Minnesota Chippewa) was the guest editor of the edition.


The New Mexico Legislative Committee of Indian Affairs recently visited IAIA for a meeting, and IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee); Associate Dean Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee); Charlene Carr (Pueblo of Laguna) Director, Land Grant Programs; and Eric Davis , Marketing and Communications Director had an opportunity to present some of the great things about IAIA to the committee. 
Once again, the stalls at Indian Market proudly displaying the pennants of IAIA Alumni were all over the plaza and downtown. As always, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts featured art sales by studens and alumni, and days of evetn programming. To see what went on, visit:

One of the highlights was the N. Scott Momaday Panel: N. Scott Momaday and the Sense of the Sacred-A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice , with author  N. Scott Momaday  (Kiowa) and  W. Richard West  (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West,  Dr. Joëlle Rostkowski , and  Jill Momaday  (Kiowa) in a dynamic discussion about N. Scott Momaday and the  Sense of the Sacred-A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice  written by Dr. Joëlle Rostkowski that brings a deeply informed international perspective on the work and life of Momaday, UNESCO Artist for Peace, poet, novelist, storyteller, playwright, and painter. For a review: https://www.assistnews.net/pulitzer-winning-writer-n-scott-momaday-honored/

At the Best of Show luncheon, the IAIA Alumni Award was given to Shane R. Hendren (Diné), AFA ’91.
Once again, Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo) put on a great show during his IAIA-sponsored performance during Santa Fe Bandstand. Joiningg Robert during his performance was his 3 daughters, Aspen, Kona, and Masa -- and IAIA student Gary D. Cook played guitar in his band. The opening performance by
Jemez Pueblo's  Emmet Yepa and the Thunder Boyz drum circle was cut short due to threatening weather, but was inspiring nonetheless.

Robert show post-show with IAIA Ambassador Bryson Meyers (Chippewa Cree).
On August 13 th , IAIA Hosted a luncheon for Faculty and staff, hosted by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin . New Staff members were introduced, everyone received an update on ATD, we were given highlights of upcoming Indian Market Events at MoCNA, and an update on enrollment. The Welcome Ceremony in the Auditorium, greeting our new students, followed.
It has been a busy summer in the Academic building! Renovations and upgrades totaling about $350,000 were completed. Additionally the infrastructure for IAIA’s new glass shop is being put in place, including dedicated electrical and gas supply lines. Once complete, this shop will be an incredible addition to the campus, generating interest and demand for use of the space.

Larry Mirabal
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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. 

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Give right now by credit card , or call James Rutherford at (505) 424-2310.
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.

Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts and Technology Kahlil Hudson (Tlingit) has co-directed and co-produced Young Men and Fire which will launch the new season of Independent Lens . The season will launch on Monday, October 29 th on PBS.  Young Men and Fire is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams, and demons. What emerges is a rich story of working-class men — their exterior world, their interior lives and the fire that lies between. For more on Independent Lens, click here


Native Hope Media has announced that IAIA Cinematic Arts Senior, Mark Lewis (Gila River Indian Tribe), has been named Director/Producer for the company. Congratulations!




IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) and his wife Luci Tapahonso (Navajo Nation), along with Dean Char Teters (Spokane) enjoying dinner with our Disney Imagineering interns and Disney Imagineer Zsolt Hormay .





IAIA is the sponsor of one of the roundabouts on Richards Avenue, near the Community College. Earlier this month, IAIA students Thomas Worcester (Caddo), Bernadino Anzar (San Carlos Apache), and Alex Mauricio provided one of the regular cleanings for the sculpture. 



IAIA recently lost key members of our family.  John Joe  (Navajo Nation) who has served as the Collections Registrar since 2012 left to attend graduate school this Fall at the Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.  John will be working towards an MFA in art with a concentration in digital technology that is offered by the School of Art in collaboration with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. Library Director Valerie Nye left to become the Library Director at Santa Fe Community College. Good luck to both!


We would like to invite IAIA alumni to participate as mentors . Interested IAIA alumni would share their personal, professional, and cultural experiences with current IAIA students. Other ways alumni could participate include giving studio tours, artist lectures, and artist workshops. We are also open to your ideas. If you are interested, or for more information, please contact Heidi K. Brandow (Diné/Native Hawaiian), IAIA Alumni Council President & IAIA Retention Specialist at: 505.424.2328 /  heidi.brandow@iaia.edu .


The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)  is seeking candidates for  Volunteer and Docent training . The program will feature instruction in  Native American art  and the workings of a  major museum  that will enable successful participants to provide valuable services to visitors to the museum. After completing the program, volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with the public and contribute their talents, knowledge, skills and energy. Volunteers and Docents at MoCNA learn, share, and contribute -- providing and invaluable service to the IAIA community. For more information please contact  Andrea R. Hanley  (Navajo) at  ahanley@iaia.edu  or 505.428.5907

IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
Tue, September 4, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Tue, September 11, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Mon, January 1, 2018–Sat, August 10, 2019

View Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

June 4–October 29, 2018

August 16, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019
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