eNewsletter | June/July 2020
Auction Preview Opens August 4th!

Bidding to begin on August 9th
leading up to the virtual event on
Wednesday, August 12th
from 5:00-6:00PM (MDT)

We are proud to announce that the following artists have generously donated to our auction.

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  

There will also be videos from our students, celebrity cameos, as well as a LIVE paddle call!

Click here  to donate now and to register for updates!
Remember, all proceeds from the event go to student scholarships.
Over 80% of IAIA students are in need of financial assistance .
Your donations, winning bids, and paddle calls will help to keep our students focused on their futures!
George Rivera (Pojoaque), “Buffalo Dancer,” bronze, 21” h, edition #25/50
Marcus Amerman (Choctaw), beaded bear claw necklace, 20” l, .75” round beaded balls, 14 beaded bear claws ranging from 1.75” – 2.5”
IAIA 2020
Virtual Commencement
AUGUST 22, 2020, 11:00 am MDT
Alumna and US Poet Laureate 
Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) '68 
to give Keynote Speech

To stream the event on-line, please visit 
 on the morning of commencement.
2020 Virtual Santa Fe Indian Market!

Heart of America transforms spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. The national nonprofit creates vibrant centers of learning with state-of-the-art technology labs, school libraries, athletic facilities, makerspaces, cafeterias, and other educational spaces in under-resourced communities. Since 1997, Heart of America has transformed more than 500 educational spaces nationwide and has provided children in need with more than 4.1 million library and take-home books and vital technology. For more information, please visit  www.heartofamerica.org .   

Alumna Charine Gonzalez (San Ildefonso Pueblo) '13, Student Nathaniel Fuentes
(Santa Clara Pueblo), Among Recipients of Award from Senator John Pinto (Navajo) Memorial Fund

IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane)
Way of Sorrows Exhibition on YouTube

Teters Featured in Mural

Below is a concept for a mural in Spokane Washington. The Artist is Ruby Chacon, a Chicana artist who was commissioned by Gonzaga University to create this mural for the Gonzaga University Leadership Department. She is using my image in this mural because she says “I represents an example of powerful leadership”.

Charlene Teters

Tahnee Growingthunder (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma) ‘15
 in Hyperallergic

Eight song essays produced by IAIA Adjunct Professor Deborah Begel’s Advanced Composition class in Spring 2020 will run on  KSFR’s “Wake Up Call”  beginning Monday, June 29 , and continuing for eight weekdays in a row. The show is between  8–9 am (MST)  on 101.1 FM (and on  KSFR.org ) in Santa Fe. The song essays can also be heard at  https://www.ksfr.org/post/iaia-radio-presents-song-remember-series

Each student wrote an essay about a song that has inspired, guided, soothed, or delighted them. Due to the COVID-19 campus shutdown, they recorded their essays on their mobile  phones at home and sent their audio narration tracks to Deborah Begel for editing. Longtime WGBH audio engineer Jane Pipik mixed the song essays.

In the coming months, the song essays will also appear in the IAIA Student Anthology,  Remembering What We Carry .
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.

Terran Last Gun (Piikani) '16

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

Terran Last Gun in Pasatiempo

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Ryan Young (Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians) ’19 in Madison365
Kelly Frye
(Tesuque Pueblo / Mescalero Apache) '20
Art Chosen For Western History Association Conference Program

Western History Association is a nonprofit organization committed to studying the diverse history of the American West.

Each year the WHA has an initiative to support one local Indigenous artist by featuring their work in the printed and online conference program. The WHA is holding its annual meeting in Albuquerque in October (it will be online, but Albuquerque and New Mexico will remain our "virtual" site).

Kelly is to be the featured Indigenous artist in this year's conference program. The program will be printed and available online. The organization will print an image of her work ("Vehemence"), give proper credit and captions (all artist's choice), as well as a short bio and link to more of your work. They will also print the link to IAIA's virtual spring exhibition. The WHA will pay a stipend as this year's featured emerging artist and provide her with complimentary registration to the online conference.

Kelly's work will be situated in proximity to the WHA's 2020 Indigenous Lands Acknowledgement Statement which is currently being vetted by the Sandia and Isleta Nations.

Johnnie Diacon (Mvskoke) '98
in First American Art

Joy Harjo  (Mvskoke Nation) '68 at Hammer Museum
Razelle Benally (Lakota/Diné) '17
signed to agency
I’m happy to share I’m now represented by a director/writer managing agency and have my first feature writing deal signed. I’m thankful I was able to stay true to my goals and that I’m working without overextending myself. I can’t wait to exercise my writing muscles; story is critical to any film.

Razelle Benally

Benally in Pasatiempo

Chris Eyre 
and Camel Rock Studios

Erika Knecht '20
at Gallery Hozho

 Gallery Hózhó at Hotel Chaco welcomes our new gallery assistant, Erika Knecht. Erika has an associate’s degree in museum studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and is completing a master’s degree in art history at the University of Cologne, Germany. Since 2019, she has curated a variety of exhibitions including the

"# NoFILTER: IAIA 2019 BFA Exhibition" at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe and the "Native American Photography: Cara Romero" exhibition at the German-American Institute in Tübingen, Germany. “I love New Mexico, its people, and the active art’s community. I am very excited to be working with Gallery Hózhó and hope to include emerging artists I met at IAIA in the gallery program, to give the next generation a voice.”

Erika Knech
George   Alexander 
(Muscogee Creek) ‘15
on the cover of
Santa Fean Magazine
Dyani  White Hawk (Sicunga Rosebud Sioux) ’08 in
The Autry
The Autry has accessioned Dyani White Hawk Polk's She Takes Care of Them suite into their collection. Each print has its own title; Nurture, Protect, Create, and Lead, that celebrates and honors the strength of Native women.
The Autry Museum of the West has one of the largest Native American collections west of the Mississippi. With over 238,000 Native American items (not including archaeology) Dyani White Hawk Polk's work will be an important addition to the growing contemporary Native American art collection.
Ceramics Professor Daisy Quezada Ureña and the bosque brotante

IAIA Students Create Mosaic Mural On Campus

Designed by the Intro to Ceramics class, the mural is being installed by students alongside A-i-R margarita Paz-Pedro (Laguna Pueblo/Santa Ana Pueblo), including instructor Daisy Quezada and Jacqueline Yepa (Navajo Nation), Jai Salazar, Erika Knecht, Jazmin Noavk (Navaho Nation), Bryson Meyers (Chippewa-Cree/Dakota/Lakota), Jen Tiger (Osage), Keith Scott, and Angelica Gallegos.
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.

Barbara Robidoux's  (Eastern Tsalagi/Cherokee/Métis) ‘17 new chapbook Stirring Sorrow into Soup will be published by the Floodgate Poetry Series in Spring 2021. Kamiko Hahn and Donovan McAbees chapbooks will accompany hers in the Floodgate #7 issue. The Floodgate poetry series is published by Etchings Press of Indianapolis
and edited by Andrew McFayden Ketchum.

George Cramer (Karuk) ‘17
won awards from the Public Safety Writers Association 2020 Writing Contest.
Flash Fiction Non-Published Third Place - Welcome Home
Short Story Non-Published Honorable Mention - Hard Time
Fiction Book Non-Published Fourth Place - A Tale of Robbers and Cops
Current MFA Mentors
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Jon Davis to be included in Four Quartets Poetry in the Pandemic

IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Wed, June 3–Thu, September 3

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

Wed, August 12, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Sat, August 22, 11:00 am–1:00 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