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The IAIA Summer Readers Gathering   
The IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program presented The 2018 Summer Readers Gathering July 21st through 28th. Participating in the gathering this year were noted writers  Joy Harjo  (Mvskoke Nation) and  Danielle Geller  (Navajo Nation) -- as well as IAIA MFA faculty members Ramona Ausubel , Marie-Helene Bertino Sherwin Bitsui (Diné),  Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe),  Cherie Dimaline  (Métis),  Jennifer Elise Foerster  (Muscogee [Creek] Nation of Oklahoma),  Santee Frazier (Cherokee),  Sydney Freeland  (Diné), Geoff Harris , Pam Houston , Toni Jensen  (Métis),  Stephen Graham Jones  (Blackfeet),  Kristiana Kahakauwila   (Kanaka Maoli/German/Norwegian),  Chip Livingston  (Creek), Derek Palacio, Barbara Robidoux  (Eastern Tsalagi/Cherokee/Metis), James Thomas Stevens  (Akwesasne Mohawk), and  Ken White
Ryan Young Named to Design Blanket for Eighth Generation
Eighth Generation , a Native-owned and operated fashion company based in Seattle, Washington, has selected IAIA student Ryan Young (Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) to design a “Two Spirit” blanket for them. The company said that the goal of the development of this blanket is to aid in re-establishing reverence for Two Spirit people through the general symbolism of an honor blanket and the artwork on it. They remarked that they “are very excited to be working with a Two Spirit artist who centers Two Spirit representation and empowerment in their artwork and beyond.”

Ryan specializes in photography and printmaking -- aiming “to bring visibility and voice to queer indigenous and two spirit folks.” To learn more about the project, click here .
Ria Thundercloud and LeRoy Grafe on Glamour.com
IAIA students Ria Thundercloud (Ho-Chunk Nation) and LeRoy Grafe recently collaborated on a story on Glamour.com. Read the story and see LeRoy’s photos and videos here .

Roxanne Swentzell Creates Limited Edition Bronze for IAIA 2018 Scholarship Dinner and Auction

Roxanne Swentzell and
Matthew Eaton

Shown at right is Matthew Eaton , David Beams (Choctaw), myself, and Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee [Creek]/Seminole), admiring Roxanne Swentzell’s (Santa Clara Pueblo) “Freedom” - a 2018 original clay sculpture that has been cast in a bronze limited edition at the Allan Houser Foundry at IAIA. IAIA Patrons attending IAIA’s 2018 Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction in August will have the first opportunity to own one of these beautiful sculptures. “Freedom” is a figure who is sculpting herself and thus setting herself free. Thanks to Roxanne, Matt, and David for their work and James Rutherford for conceiving this visionary collaborative endeavor.

Dr. Robert Martin
IAIA Digital Dome Program Partners With
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
(SFIFF) To Provide 360 Spherical Film Programming
For the 10th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival , October 17, 2018 - October 21, 2018, the festival is expanding their programming to include spherical film submissions that will be screened at IAIA's state-of-the-art-Digital-Dome .
Jacques Paisner , Executive Director of the SFIFF, commented: "This is an exciting way to expand our ongoing partnership with IAIA. Creativity in the motion picture arts is paramount at the SFIFF, and remaining on the cutting-edge of the medium with the inclusion of IAIA's Digital Dome is a very natural progression for the festival."

For more information on the SFIFF, instructions on how to submit works, a full schedule of films and events, and how to purchase tickets, please visit  santafeindependent.com  or email  contact@santafeindependent.com .
Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.

Jon Davis , the longtime Director of IAIA's MFA program, has decided to retire effective July 20th. We are grateful for Jon's 28 years of dedicated service to IAIA's Creative Writing Program, the last five years of which has been as Director of the MFA Program. IAIA's MFA Creative Writing Program has been very successful and IAIA is committed to continuing it at the highest quality level. 
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) has developed a transition plan that involves Jennifer Foerster serving as Interim Program Director. Dr. Foerster is a citizen of the (Muscogee [Creek] Nation), an alumna of IAIA' s BFA program, has an MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts and a PhD from the University of Denver
Jon has had a distinguished career as a writer and poet and has served as the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe . During his tenure at IAIA, he was instrumental with IAIA’s transition to a four-year degree granting college, and helped establish and launch IAIA’s first graduate program, the MFA in Creative Writing. Since its first year in 2013, ninety-five students have graduated with an MFA and these alumni/ae have experienced outstanding success as writers, poets and film makers. We are extremely grateful for all that Jon has given to this community and he will be greatly missed. 
Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane)


MFA Alumnus and Mentor Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho), and MFA Alumna and Mentor Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) ’16, Continue to Make News


Terese Mailhot has joined Pacific Standard as a columnist. Here’s her first essay - Terese in Pacific Standard



MFA Mentor Joan Kane (Iñupiaq) has been busy. We previously reported her receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship – you can read more about it here .

She has also received a Finishing Line Chapbook Prize for her new book Sublingual . More here .

Additionally, she released a limited edition prose chapbook A Few Lines in the Manifest:   Here’s a review .
And a review of Milk Black Carbon.

She’s presenting a Poetry Workshop at the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

Here’s Joan doing an interview with MFA Alumna Leah Lemm  (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) ‘18 about the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference .  


IAIA MFA Alumna Barbara Robidoux's (Eastern Tsalagi/Cherokee/Métis) ‘17 next book The Storm Left No Flowers is on pre-order. Order it here .


Alumna Beatrice Szymkowiak’s ’17 poetry chapbook RED ZONE is now available for pre-order until August 24th.


Alumnus Ishmael Angaluuk Hope (Iñupiaq/Tlingit) , ’18 has joined the University of Alaska Anchorage Low Residency MFA Program, mentoring students in poetry. 


Alumna Ramona Emerson (Diné) ’15 was invited to present at Body & Earth, The Future of Native Wellness Conference, an in-depth, dynamic conversation on Native Wellness with some of today’s leading Native Educators, Health Care Providers, Cultural Ecologists and Mother Earth Protectors. For more information visit bodyandearth.org .


On July 19th, Trevino Brings Plenty (Lakota) read at the First Draft Writers Series at Pendleton Center for the Arts . For more information on the series, visit http://pendletonarts.org/first-draft .
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series Presented in Partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and
Creative Santa Fe
As part of the activities surrounding Indian Market Week, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts  will host numerous special events and panel discussions. As part of the activities, a  Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series  will be held in partnership with the  Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums  and  Creative Santa Fe .

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights  will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at the  Allan Houser Art Park  at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe.

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights  will recognize the increasing importance and relevance of the cultural community and art within a national and international platform. September 13, 2017, marked the tenth anniversary of the United Nations approval of the landmark  United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  (UNDRIP). Around the world, over 350 million indigenous peoples in 90 worldwide countries celebrated the endorsement of this landmark UN declaration, taking efforts to begin implementing human rights standards laid out in UNDRIP into domestic laws and policies of nations around the world. Indigenous peoples worldwide are standing at the dawn of indigenous history, the human rights era. 

Panelists include:  Walter Echo-Hawk  (Pawnee), Author and Attorney;  Laura Harris  (Comanche), Executive Director, Americans for Indian Opportunity;  Robert (Tim) Coulter  (Potawatomi), Founding Director, American Indian Law Resource Center; and  Wanda Nanibush  (Anishinabe), Curator, Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Ontario. Moderated by  W. Richard West  (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West.

An introductory poem will be read by Inaugural Navajo Nation Poet Laureate  Luci Tapahonso .

The event is free and open to the public.
Academic Building Renovations - Updated and Modernized 

The renovations of the Academic Building and its studios is nearly complete. The Academic Building houses what continues to be the core curriculum of the school:  studios for ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, and print-making; along with faculty offices, Artist-in-Residence studios, classrooms, and the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery , which hosts exhibitions of student, staff, and faculty artworks.
The work included replacing or updating equipment, furniture, work stations, lighting, flooring, power distribution, etc., for the studios, classrooms, and other rooms in the building.  
Also included in the renovations are rolling worktables, shelving, a new welding table and band saws, flat-screen monitors, a new pugmill, and refinishing of the flooring. 
Here’s a few shots of the work-in-progress.
IAIA Students Present at the Annual AIHEC Behavioral Health Institute
IAIA students, Elizabeth “Liz” Stahmer ( Wyandotte, Blackfeet, Cherokee, Scots-Irish) and Mary “Ru” Stempien presented their ILS senior Projects at the annual AIHEC Behavioral Health Institute at the University of Washington in June. The AIHEC Behavioral Health Institute is an annual conference that part of AIHEC’s Native American Research Centers in Health (NARCH). The conference brings together TCUs that are conducting behavioral health research under the auspices of AIHEC’s NARCH program to discuss findings and an research issues in tribal communities.

The papers presented were the student’s senior projects, a year’s effort of research which is the capstone for the Indigenous Liberal Studies Program. Liz’s study was entitled “Developing a Minor in Counseling for the Institute of American Indian Arts” and Ru’s study was entitled “A Mental Health Needs Assessment: The Institute of American Indian Arts Student Body” . This is first time that IAIA students since the beginning of the ILS program 11 years ago that students conducted their Senior Project research in the IAIA community. The focus of the senior project is to conduct research that is community based and serves a beneficial purpose for the community in which the research is conducted.

Stephen Wall, JD
IAIA Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence Events
Artist-in-Residence Program Director and IAIA Associate Dean  Dr. Lara M. Evans  (Cherokee Nation) recently announced the schedule for the artists in the IAIA Artist-in-Residence program.

All events are free and open to the public (with the exception of the radio shows.)

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 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.

IMPRINT Exhibition Launches

Six leading printmakers -- including members of the IAIA Faculty and Alumni -- Eliza Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo), Jamison Chās Banks (Seneca-Cayuga, Cherokee), Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa), Terran Last Gun (Piikani), Dakota Mace (Diné (Navajo)), and Jacob Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu), along with Ralph T. Coe Foundation curators Bess Murphy and Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke) have spent the past year working collaboratively to build IMPRINT. The exhibition will not only appear on the Coe Center walls, but in public spaces as well. IMPRINT brings art to the public and the public to art in widely accessible ways through the use of repurposed newspaper boxes inspired by and as direct extensions of Meders’ ongoing project Warbird Press , wheat-pasted posters around town, and free print giveaways.


Terran Last Gun  (Piikani) exhibited at Native POP: People of the Plains art market and cultural celebration: July 20th-21st, For more information on the Native POP art show, please visit www.nativepop.org


Layli Long Soldier  (Oglala Lakota), BFA '09 recently had a poem on Hyperallergic
Read it here .


Instruments of the True Measure , out Oct. 30th, is the second book by IAIA Alumna Laura Da’ ( Eastern Shawnee/Seneca/Miami ) . Da’ carefully weaves poems from within the story of the Shawnees’ forced march out of Ohio to Indian Territory after the United States government passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830.  


The construction and installation was recently completed on our bus stop kiosk. Thanks to Peter Romero and his team for the nice addition to our campus.


John Joe (Navajo/Irish), who has served as the Collections Registrar since 2012, will be leaving the Museum in August to attend graduate school at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Joe will be working towards an MFA in art with a concentration in digital technology offered by the School of Art in collaboration with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. It is a hybrid degree that combines technological and artistic goals and requires students with skills and experience in both realms.


Paul Moore  (Chickasaw) has joined IAIA Academic division as our Registrar, reporting directly to the Academic Dean.  He holds a BFA from IAIA and has completed his MA in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. 

Welcome to Scott Whitaker , our new Financial Aid Director. Scott comes to IAIA with several years of Financial Aid experience and expertise, most recently from the Santa Fe Community College.  Scott will oversee the Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices in the Student Success Center.  

Dana Gallegos  has joined IAIA as our new Health and Wellness Program Director. Dana brings wonderful qualifications and experience. Dana has held numerous positions at Santa Fe Community College. Most recently she was the Recreation Section Manager for the City of Santa Fe. Dana holds a BA in University Studies with a focus on Applied Fitness, Health Nutrition, Exercise Theory and Nutrition. She also holds an MA in Human Performance and Sport.

Eric Wimmer will be joining the Museum in August as the new Collections Registrar. Wimmer earned his BA in History from the University of Montana and an MA in Art History from the University of Denver. From 2009-2012 he was the Curator of Exhibits and Collections at the Wyoming Veterans' Memorial Museum, Casper, Wyoming. In 2013 he was hired at the Nicolaysen Art Museum as the Senior Curator of Art, focusing on designing and conceptualizing exhibits while overseeing the collection. Most recently he served as Senior Consulting Registrar for the Harry Jackson Institute in Cody, Wyoming.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
August 15, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

August 19
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MoCNA Exhibitions

February 16–July 29, 2018

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

February 9–July 31, 2018

June 4–October 29

August 16, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16-19
Indian Market Weekend Events

Thursday, August 16

Opening Reception
5-7pm | Allan Houser Art Park
Featuring DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit)
Three new exhibitions will open on the first floor: 
Meeting the Clouds Halfway: Terrol Dew Johnson and Aranda\Lasch
Expanding Horizons: Darren Vigil Gray
Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back
Friday, August 17
Incoming IAIA Student Ice Cream Social
3-4pm | Allan Houser Art Park
MoCNA Staff will host IAIA Students coming back to IAIA with an ice cream social.

Panel: CineDoom: Narratives of Native Film and Beyond 
5pm - 6:15pm | Allan Houser Art Park

This panel focuses on MoCNA’s current film program, curated by local Navajo filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe, explores the current state of Native film in the Southwest. Panelists include: Sally Kewayosh (Walpole Island First Nation), Jason Asenap (Comanche), Nanobah Becker (Diné), Daniel Edward Hyde (Navajo/Belize), moderated by Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo).

Saturday, August 18
Santa Fe’s Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM 9am - 5pm | MoCNA South Courtyard
Santa Fe Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM will have a live feed at the museum. Featuring giveaways and live radio all day. 2- 5pm radio personality, Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo), of  Indigenous Foundation  will be live from the booth.
Gallery Sessions:
9:00am - 10:00am | 10:30am - 11:30am 
Artists Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham), Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee), Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla Apache/Kiowa Apache) and Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Mescalero Apache) will discuss current exhibitions in the galleries and participate in a panel discussion on their respective art practices with introductions by Well-Off-Man.
Book Reading: N. Scott Momaday and the Sense of the sacred - A Native poet and artist, a universal voice and W. Richard West in dialogue
1-2:30pm | Allan Houser Art Park

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) and W. Richard West, Jr (Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) will discuss a new book which is an informed international perspective on Momaday’s work and life as an UNESCO Artist for Peace. Momaday is a poet, novelist, storyteller, playwright and painter. 
Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series in partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) and Creative Santa Fe Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights 
3:00pm - 5:00pm | Allan Houser Art Park

See description of this event above in the newsletter.
Sunday, August 19

The Sea of Grass : Book Reading and Dialogue 
11:00am - 12:00noon | Allan Houser Art Park 

Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma citizens, author and lawyer Walter Echo-Hawk and Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, will have a lively discussion on historical fiction novel  The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale  from the American Heartland. Echo-Hawk’s newest novel is inspired by real people and events that were shaped by the land, animals, and plants of the Central Plains and by the long sweep of Indigenous history in the grasslands. 
Saturday - Sunday, August 18 - 19 |
CineDoom: Narratives of Native Film and Beyond 
9am - 5pm (55.30 minutes), Screening in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery
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