eNewsletter | July/August 2020
Welcome to Fall 2020 -
IAIA under COVID-19
IAIA 2020
Virtual Commencement
AUGUST 22, 2020, 11:00am

IAIA honored the class of 2020’s achievements with a virtual commencement. Two-term United States Poet Laureate and IAIA Alumna Joy Harjo
(Mvskoke Nation) ‘68 gave the 2020 Commencement Address. The online program was comprised of a video montage announcing each graduating student in their cap and gown or regalia. The event featured honor songs, footage of students, staff, and faculty, and recorded and live-streamed speeches from the class Valedictorian, MFA Creative Writing Program student speaker, Faculty of the Year, IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin
(Cherokee), Board of Trustees Chair Loren Kieve (Cherokee), and Joy Harjo.

The Set
Jason Ordaz
ASL Interpreters
Director Andy Primm
Interim Dean of Students Paul Moore (Chickasaw)
Dr. Robert Martin
Joy Harjo with Dr. Martin
Joy delivering her address
Dr. Martin awarding Joy her Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree
Joy and Dr. Martin after the event
Joy and IAIA Director or Marketing & Communication
Eric Davis - Event Host
Executive Assistant Angie Brown

Because of your overwhelming generosity, the 
Scholarships Shape Futures 
virtual event on August 12, 2020 raised over
with all proceeds going to IAIA student scholarships.
We had almost 500 registrations and so many more of you watching the broadcast LIVE!

Didn’t get a chance to participate?
Click HERE to donate!
We will continue to collect your generous donations
to help ease the burden on IAIA students.

Along with our many sponsors and donors, we'd like to thank the following:

Donated Artworks
Tony Abeyta (Navajo) '86
George Rivera (Pojoaque Pueblo) '84
David Bradley (Chippewa) '79 
Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) '90
the Gaussoin Family - Connie Tsosie-Gaussoin IAIA Professor,
David Gaussoin '95, Jerry Gaussoin Jr., Wayne Gaussoin '09 
Tazbah Gaussoin '15 (Picuris Pueblo/Navajo)
Cliff Fragua (Jemez) '75
Shonto Begay (Diné) '76
Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) '84
Shane Hendren (Choctaw/Diné) '91
Caroline Lucero-Carpio (Isleta Pueblo) '80
Doug Coffin (Potowatomi/Creek) IAIA Professor
Robert Tenorio (Santo Domingo Pueblo) '72  

Robert Martin Ed.D. (Cherokee), President, IAIA
Tom Udall, U.S. Senator (D-NM)
Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna/Jemez Pueblo), Congresswoman (NM-01)
Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Senator (D-NM)
Alan Webber, Mayor, City of Santa Fe, NM
George R.R. Martin, Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer
Evan Adams (Tla’amin First Nation, Coast Salish Tribe) Award Winning Actor and Medical Doctor
Christian Bale, Academy Award Winning Actor
Natalie Portman, Academy Award Winning Actress
Shane Hendren (Choctaw/Diné), Master of Ceremonies
Paul Thompson, Auctioneer

Production Team
Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho), IAIA Outreach Consultant,
Director, and Producer
Andrew Primm, Producer
Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota), Director, Office of Institutional Advancement
Sandra Narvaez, Advancement Services Manager
Eric Davis, Director of Marketing and Communications
Jason Ordaz, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Catherine Owens, Theatre Technician
Reel Indian Pictures, Pre-Recorded video production, editing and sound
Jonathan Lowe, Live Show Camera Operator
Grant Taylor, Live Show Camera Operator

The Set with Auction Items
Danyelle Means and Catherine Owens
Danyelle and Catherine with Shane Hendren
Jason Ordaz
Andy Primm and Jonathan Lowe
Jonathan Lowe and Sandra Narvaez
IAIA Foundation Board Chair Stock Colt
Dr. Robert Martin with Chris Eyre
The "Gang" including Paul Thompson and Grant Taylor
Town Hall Meetings, New Student Orientation, Welcome Luncheon, President's Address
All Virtual This Year
GO Bond

General Obligation Bond C is a statewide bond issue to raise funds for 33 public colleges, universities and specialty schools in 23 cities and 21 counties across New Mexico.

Investing in our future. Funds from the GO Bond C will invest in the state-owned facilities we taxpayers have already paid for. They will allow colleges, universities and schools to repair and renovate their facilities, improve safety and update their technology.* New Mexico students need and deserve to study and learn in safe, modern facilities. Up-to-date technology will keep our state’s best and brightest students in New Mexico. For many of these public institutions, GO Bond C is the only source of funding for these critically needed upgrades.

No tax rate increaseGO Bond C will not raise property tax rates. It is not a new tax, but a continuation of an existing property tax. If GO Bond C does not pass, property tax rates will not necessarily go down. In 2010, the GO bond for higher education failed, and to the best of our knowledge property taxes did not decrease in a single New Mexico county following that election.

IAIA has requested funds for renovation and expansion of the Academic Building to accommodate The IAIA Research Center to Advance Contemporary Native Arts.

A vote for GO Bond C is a vote for our future!
Info at www.bondc4nm.com

IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) to Retire

Char Teters recognized in “100 Years, 100 Women” Project

Char Teters in Native Sun News Today
IAIA Alumni Council

Congratulations to the new IAIA Alumni Councilors:

Ryan Young (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) ‘19
Kendra Greendeer (Ho-Chunk) ‘14
Marcus Dunn (Tuscarora Tribe of North Carolina) ‘11
Manuel Ramirez (Otoe-Missouria) ‘18.

Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) '68 and
Luci Tapahonso (Navajo Nation) in Pasatiempo

Joy Harjo and more celebrated by IllumiNative

Joy Harjo in the Oklahoman

Be Counted!!!


IAIA Land-Grant Department Restructuring

Exhibitions at MoCNA
Indigenous Futurisms is accompanied by a scholarly, full color exhibition catalog. To order a copy please visit the Museum Store at: https://iaia.edu/store/

Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), Cultural Appropriation Study #23, 2020, glass beads, found image, 25 x 20 in. Image courtesy of the artist.

Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk),  Elizah Leonard, 2019, digital photograph with beadwork, edition 2/5. 40 x 40 in.
Image courtesy of the artist
Tom Jones: Strong Unrelenting Spirits
On view until March 28, 2021

Strong Unrelenting Spirits features new works from Tom Jones' series of portraits that are rooted in his Ho-Chunk identity. The works extend the boundaries of photography by incorporating beadwork directly onto the photographs. 

According to Jones, "The use of Ho-Chunk floral and geometric designs is a metaphor for the spirits of my ancestors who are constantly looking over us." 

Jones' photographs examine identity and geographic place with an emphasis on the experience of American Indian communities.
The exhibition also includes recent works from his Studies in Cultural Appropriations series, which explores how American Indian culture is represented through popular culture, fashion, and design -- raising questions about these depictions of identity. All Studies in Cultural Appropriations use a found black and white image of a 1920s couple. Jones beaded the suit of the male figure in different Native American designs, addressing the issue of cultural appropriation especially in the fashion industry.

Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation), Like Air/I've Said Your Name When I Needed It, 2017, Oplux Vellum paper, seed beads, thread, gel photo transfer, gouache, acrylic on watercolor paper, 19.5 x 19.5 x .75 in.
Tamara Ann Burgh (Iñupiat-Kawerak /Swede), The Enculturated White Man #2, 2014, altered found b&w photo, embroidery with cotton DMC threads, silk and cotton fabric, buttons, cotton lace, sequins, weezle tails, polychrome wood, shells, feathers, leather, bone beads, silk, beads, silver thread, cotton yarn, 83.75 x 25.25 x 17.75 in.
Tamara Ann Burgh & Luanne Redeye: FRAMED
On view until January 24, 2021

The exhibition FRAMED investigates issues of self-representation and identity and examines the "American Experience" from a Native perspective through mixed media works by Tamara Ann Burgh (Iñupiat-Kawerak/Swede) and Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation of Indians/Hawk Clan). Both artists often include family and found portrait photos in their artworks, which they alter through overpainting and drawing. Presented in seemingly nostalgic, decorative frames, which evoke American folk art and Victorian-era Iroquois beadwork, these works invite viewers to contemplate alternate and personal histories, intergenerational trauma, and questions about authenticity.

Luanne Redeye's Frame Series weaves together personal narratives and family relationships to explore larger themes that affect Native communities. Redeye's works analyze her relationships with her family, how these relationships impacted who she is, and what events helped shaped her family.
Through textile, beadwork, and mixed media, she incorporates cultural items that she created and uses as a device to represent larger themes that effect Native communities and families. 

Tamara Ann Burgh's works from The Enculturated White Man series explore the idea of what would have happened, "if early America had embraced the "noble savage" instead of attempting to destroy them." The works use found turn-of-the-twentieth-century black and white photographs of Caucasian individuals, which Burgh gave a make-over with color pencils. She manipulated the photographs by applying Native attire, hairdos, and face paint. The altered portraits are encased in Burgh's custom-made wooden "shrines" painted in colonial colors, and matted in various fabrics and needle-work. Her intention for this body of work is to offer an alternate vision of an America where invading Europeans adopted Native cultures and beliefs instead of trying to destroy them. Burgh's works explore the question, "What if the Indians had won?"

FRAMED also presents quilted fabric art from her Healing Intergenerational Trauma series. Burgh began working on this series during her "Equal Justice" residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute (2017-2018). Studies indicate how trauma and shame is embedded in Indigenous peoples' DNA and can take up to seven generations to heal. In her portraits of colonial leaders and family members (oil on canvas), embroidery, and quilting Burgh visualizes how shame infused DNA can be healed.

Ask A Curator Event - Live on Facebook: September 16th, 2:00 pm MST

Instagram Takeover Event: Ryan Singer (Diné)
August 19th and 20th All-Day events
Terran Last Gun (Piikani) '16

Terran Last Gun: Color Play
1 August – 1 November 2020.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. You can find new ledger work along with 15 others and 1 mural in his second solo exhibition at the MoCNA Store Lloyd Kiva New Gallery. Color Play will be on view August 1–November 1, 2020.
Visit the
IAIA Online Store


New Student Artworks in the Facilities Building

Photos by Peter Romero
America Meredith (Cherokee) '96 and Other IAIA Alumni in Contemporary Anishinaabe Art Exhibition at The Jacobson House Native Art Center

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika) and and the 2020 SWAIA Fashion Show

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) '89 in Tempo

Mattie Reynolds
(Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Article in Tribal College Journal

Amber Byars (Oklahoma Choctaw) '18 in TCJ

Crystal Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan) ‘13, on USParkPass.com

Carrie Dada (Cherokee Nation) '20 in Cherokee Phoenix

Congratulations to Dakota Mace (Navajo) ‘13
I'm happy to finally share the great news that I am one of Fellowhip.art’s 2020 recipients for their $15,000 grant! This grant will help further my artistic practices as a Diné artist as well as fund my research trip to Japan/Philippines. This will be a continuation of my research on Indigenous trade routes and stories shared through textiles. It is a great honor to be selected and I want to express my sincere appreciation to Fellowship.art and Gener8tor for recognizing me with this award. I am truly humbled and honored to receive it as well as be part of an amazing cohort of artists. 

IAIA Film Program in New Mexico Magazine

HVAC Replacement in the Academic Building Project Phase Two Wraps Up
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.
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 Sandra Narvaez, Advancement Services Manager,
505.424.2310, or sandra.narvaez@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
Et cetera contains information about happenings in the IAIA community - be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or elsewhere.

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Robyn Tsinnajinnie (Diné) '20 works at La Fonda

"Sovereign Santa Fe" is a 7-Day curated Contemporary Native American Art group exhibition, located throughout The La Fonda on The Plaza Hotel.
Sovereign’s mission is to create a platform to highlight NewSchool Native American Arts and its elusive relationship between traditional & contemporary..Organized by FaraHNHeight Fine Art.

Lorraine Gala Lewis, (Laguna Pueblo/Taos/Hopi) ‘83 has been nominated for the 2021 First People’s Fund’s Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards, a national fellowship award.

Regina "Gina" One Star (Sioux) ‘71 Has Passed Away.

Bryan Bearhart (Chippewa) ‘16 Has Walked On.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Wed, June 3–Thu, September 3

Sat, August 1, 8:00 am–Sun, November 1, 5:00 pm

For up-to-date information about Happenings, see the COVID-19 web page.

MoCNA Exhibitions

Tue, January 1, 2019–Thu, October 1, 2020

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Thu, February 13–Sun, January 3, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, March 28, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, January 24, 2021
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

Contributing editor:
Nicole Lawe (Karuk)
IAIA Radio Show - Currently On Hold Due to COVID-19
The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on alternate Wednesdays 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 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