eNewsletter | March/April 2018
IAIA Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 12 th  

The 2018 IAIA commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12 th at 11:00 am. Renowned poet, writer, and artist -- IAIA Alumna Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), BFA '09, has been selected to give the commencement

During the ceremony, IAIA will award an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree to noted artist and IAIA Alumnus George Rivera  (Pojoaque Pueblo), AFA '84, former Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin  (Cherokee) will be conferring degrees on 73 students.

Student speakers at the ceremony will be Vivian Carroll (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) for the undergraduates, and Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) for the MFAs.

The public is welcome to attend. A luncheon will follow.

To stream the event on-line, please visit  www.iaia.edu/commencement  on the morning of commencement.
2018 IAIA Spring Powwow
Saturday May 5 th  
IAIA will present our  Spring Powwow  on Saturday, May 5 th , from 10:00 am-7:00 pm
This is a contest powwow with over $4,500.00 in cash prizes awarded throughout the day.
In addition to the Powwow activities, visitors will be able to enjoy many food and arts and craft vendors throughout the site.
The 2018 IAIA Spring Powwow is free of charge and open to the public . Informational hand-outs will be available to the public while supplies last. 
Reminder: IAIA is an Alcohol & Drug Free Campus
Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program have been making waves throughout the literary world.

IAIA MFA Mentor Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq) became the first Indigenous Writer to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists, on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. The successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-fourth competition. 

Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band), ’16 and MFA Mentor has been named a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University. She'll be teaching after serving as a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at the school. Her debut memoir HEART BERIES has reached number 9 on the New York Times Bestseller List and will be published in the UK by Bloomsbury, and in Korea by Iryoil Books. HEART BERRIES was also named one of the 56 Books to Get Excited About in 2018 in Cosmopolitan .

Here’s a recent shot of Terese reading from HEART BERRIES at IAIA.

On February 22, Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) ‘16, Tommy Orange (Cheyenny/Arapaho) ‘16 , and the Low Rez MFA program were featured in a major article on Buzzfeed: Remember Their Names: These Writers Are Launching A New Wave Of Native American Literature.
Read the article here.


Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) appeared in the recent issue of Mother Jones .


Publisher’s weekly review of Tommy’s upcoming novel There There.


Recent IAIA MFA student/alumni agent signings include Chee Brossy (Diné) ‘16 and Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) ’16 with Massie & McQuilkin, David Weiden (Sicangu Lakota) ’18 with Aevitas Creative Management, and Ginger Gaffney ’17 with Wales Literary Agency. Terese also signed with Jack Jones Literary Arts Speakers Bureau. Congratulations to all four.


In April, Poetry Magazine named From "Dissolve"  by IAIA MFA Faculty Member Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) Poem of the Week.



David Weiden (Sicangu Lakota), JD, PhD, of the Metropolitan State University of Denver faculty recently won a fellowship to the prestigious MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Weiden, an associate professor of political science and Native American studies, will be provided unlimited time to working on his novel called Winter Counts , an expansion of a short story he wrote by the same name.


The winners of this year’s Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest include IAIA MFA graduating student Jake Skeets (Diné), ’18, who will receive a reading at 92Y, publication in  Boston Review , a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel, and $500. 

Ishmael Hope  (Iñupiaq/Tlingit), ’18, read some of his poetry on Native America Calling on April 9th.

Michelle LaPena's (Pit River Tribe) story "Life Along the River" appears in Waxwing .

Lauren Monroe, Jr. ’18, (Blackfeet) is a 2018 Time Warner Producer Fellow at Sundance .

Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Tribe) ’18, received a 2018 Cedar Cultural Center Commission to produce a song cycle.

Andrea L. Rogers ’18, received a scholarship to attend the  Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference New York.

The IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing has announced the recipient of the first annual  MFA Alumni Scholarship Jennifer Brady  (Pyramid Lake Paiute) will receive $7,500 per semester for four semesters, for a total of $30,000, $24,000 of which will be applied to tuition. The remaining $6,000 will help pay for her travel, lodging, books, and meals during the five residencies in Santa Fe. She currently attends Northern Arizona University and in May, she will receive a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities. 



The 2018 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Features a play by IAIA MFA Alumnus and Faculty Member Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca) ’16, and his fellow 1491s entitled Between Two Knees .

Joaquin Zihuatanejo ’17, won the 2017 Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry with his manuscript Arsonist. He will be the first IAIA/Tin House Scholar, attending the 2018 Tin House Summer Workshop.

Bryan Bearhart (Chippewa) ’15, was nominated for Best New Poets for a poem published by Foglifter magazine.

Kyce Bello ’17, read, with Barbara Rockman, at OpCit Books on April 28th.

“Moon and Star," by IAIA MFA Alumna Ginger Gaffney ’17, is in the Winter 2017 issue of Tin House. Ginger also received a Tin House Scholarship to attend the 2018 Tin House Winter Workshops.

Jennifer Love ’17, participated in Santa Fe Community College's "Women Write: An Interactive Panel" on Wednesday, February 21 st . Her essay "Origin Story" took first place in creative nonfiction in the Santa Fe Reporter's annual writing contest

Béatrice Szymkowiak's ’17, poetry chapbook Red Zone has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press

Barbara Robidoux’s ’17, poetry chapbook, The Storm Left No Flowers , has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.

Amy Maki’s ’17, feature-length script Rub the Speed was a quarterfinalist--that is, one of the top 70 out of 1600 scripts submitted--in the 2016 Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. 

Darlene Naponse’s (Ojibway/Atikameksheng/Anishnawbek)
’15 story "She is Water" was runner-up for the 2017 Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

Tim Carrier Dorsey ’15 had two poems, “ Reservoir,” and “Sugar” published in the March edition of RESERVOIRLIT.COM .

Jason Asenap (Comanche), ‘ 17 had a short film, Captivity Narrative , in Toronto's ImagineNative.

IAIA 2018 Music Fest
IAIA presented the 2018 IAIA MusicFest on Saturday, April 21 st .
The all-ages show with free admission was a great success – nearly doubling the attendance from 2017. Unfortunately, the headliner, Nataani Means (Oglala Lakota/Diné/Omaha), had to cancel at the last minute due to travel issues, but the audience enjoyed performances by Levi Platero  (Navajo), JJ Otero (Navajo) and Son Of Hwéeldi , Lakota John (Oglala Lakota/Lumbee), Matthew Andrae (Jicarilla Apache), Indigie Femme (Diné/Maori) Katrina Benally (Diné) and Pray For Brain , Kelly Frye (Tesuque Pueblo/Mescalero Apache), and Bryson Meyers [White Elk] (Chippewa/Cree). Watch the IAIA Facebook page for an album of photographs of the event.
Tuff Gurlz at MoCNA

IAIA 2018 Spring Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading -- Tuff Gurlz – will take place on Saturday, May 5 th , at the Allan Houser Art Park at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). The Seniors include Vivan Carroll (Cherokee), 
 Pearlyne Coriz (Santo Domingo Pueblo), and Victoria Gonzales .
2018 Pie Day
The Office of Institutional Advancement held its annual Pie Day in conjunction with Philanthropy Day on April 4th in the form of a community gathering. The theme this year was "Leaving Your Mark at IAIA" and concentrated on student involvement with philanthrophy.

The OIA staff, headed-up by Director Judith Pepper ( Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma ), gave a brief presentation on fundraising and various ways our donors support IAIA. Club representatives, Nika Feldman and Scarlett Cortez with Mariposas en Movimiento ; Elizabeth Stahmer ( Wyandotte, Cherokee, Blackfeet, Scots-Irish ) with the Indigenous Liberal Studies Student Organization; and Rachelle Pablo (Diné) with the Sculpture Club; shared their success stories with their fundraising endeavors.

Over 149 guests enjoyed hamburgers and all the fixings as well as an assortment of delicious pies. Door prizes were handed out. More importantly, students learned about OIA's efforts in furthering public understanding and recognition for its philanthropic efforts to raise money for students' needs.

Angela Sedillo
IAIA Job Fair

IAIA students were presented with great opportunities at The 2018 Career Fair. Participants included:
Meow Wolf

Navajo Times


New Mexico Film Office

Buffalo Thunder

Ray Tracey-Co Executive Producer of Shadow Wolves
Women’s History Month Activities at IAIA and MoCNA

IAIA and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts celebrated Women’s History Month in March. MoCNA recognized Women's History Month by honoring contemporary Native and non-Native women artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, curators, art professionals, academics, and students who worked, exhibited, or presented at MoCNA in 2017. They acknowledged that these amazing women continue to break barriers and bring a feminist discourse to the forefront. They are outstanding in their fields, hold important roles in our communities, and their narrative is echoed in their practice. We applaud and support contemporary Native and non-Native women in the arts.

IAIA held a variety of activities to recognize the event. On Tuesday, March 6 th , Suzanne Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee), a poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate, who has helped Native peoples recover more than one million acres of tribal lands, was interviewed on the KSFR radio show “Through Our Eyes” by host IAIA Marketing & Communications Director Eric Davis , and MoCNA Director Patsy Phillips (Cherokee). Harjo is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate, who has helped Native peoples recover more than one million acres of tribal lands. And on Tuesday, March 20 th , Davis interviewed Joely Proudfit (Luiseño/Payomkowishum), one of the founding members, along with Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho), of The Native Networkers , an alliance to promote American Indian representation throughout the film industry. Proudfit was also the honorary guest for the IAIA community gathering on March 28 th . That same day, IAIA held a Student Leadership Panel with facilitator IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane).

Throughout March IAIA highlighted women leaders on campus with “Sheroe” posters, and held additional events with special guests.

On Thursday, March 29 th , A closing reception for the month’s events was held at MoCNA.
Artist-in-Residence News
On March 26, 2018, IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Monte Yellow Bird, Sr . (Arikara/Hidatsa), Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Apache), Meghann O’Brien (Cape Mudge/ Kiusta/Haida Gwaii/Irish), and Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo) opened their studios, and departing A-i-R artist Orlando Dugi (Diné) presented four new haute couture ensembles on live models during the event. Dinner was provided.

On April 4 th , IAIA A-i-R artists: Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. Arikara/Hidatsa, Ian Kuali’I (Native Hawaiian/Apache), Meghann O’Brien ( Cape Mudge/ Kiusta/Haida Gwaii/Irish), and Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo), again held Open Studios. Students and guests learned about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences.
Red Shawl Solidarity Project
The 3 rd  annual Red Shawl Solidarity Project (April 6th-14th) expanded to a week of events, including an 8 hour community Stand-In held in the Dance Circle to raise awareness about sexual assault, and murdered and missing Indigenous women, children, and LGBTQ+ people in recognition April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The week culminated with the 2-day workshop in the Hogan, focused on the theme of  What is Love , and concluded with making shawls and sashes to dance together with in this year’s Grand Entry at IAIA’s May 5 th  Powwow in solidarity of murdered and missing Indigenous women, children, and LGBTQ+ people. We were honored to have Joannie Suina Romero (Pueblo of Cochiti), Director, Community Relations at Poeh Cultural Center do the opening prayer and IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) share her story to begin the event. 
Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer, DAOM
Ben Calabaza Artwork Added To Permanent Collection at Folger Shakespeare Library
Congratulations to IAIA's own Ben Calabaza , (Kewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo). The Folger Shakespeare Library curators in Washington DC have requested Ben's poster design for the IAIA event “Shakespeare Our Way” to be added to their permanent collection!
The Folger Shakespeare Library collects and holds everything Shakespeare for researchers and educators. Besides the Folger, Ben's image is being used by Syracuse University , and in other presentations regarding Indigenous adaptations of Shakespeare's work.
MoCNA Artist-in-Residece Event
On Wednesday, March 28 at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts , artists  Anita Fields  (Osage Nation/ Muscogee Creek) and  Sky Hopinka  (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) discussed their practice and Social Engagement Art Residency at MoCNA.
Anita Fields
Sky Hopinka
IAIA Senior Amber Byars in the News

Amber Byars (Oklahoma Choctaw) has recently had her Senior Project, “Strawless Santa Fe,” written up in the media through the city. She’s working towards the elimination of one-use, non-biodegradable plastic straws from Santa Fe. The Santa Fe New Mexican , KOB-TV , and KRQE-TV all did pieces on the project. You can click the links below for more information.

Project Indigine

Project Indigine, designed to address vital topics in Indigenous Art, launches this summer. Funded by a city grant it is a collaboration between IAIA, MoCNA, MIAC, MOIFA, SWAIA, SAR, Wheelright, Coe, and the Native Treasures Market – addressing Appropriation, Authenticity, Activism, and Art & Identity in Native arts.
Dean Charlene Teters at Penn State University
On April 24 th , IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) spoke at the Penn State Forum. The topic of her talk was  “If Not You, Then Who?” The Penn State Faculty/Staff Club began the Forum in 1996 to introduce members of the University community to some of the most notable leaders and policy makers in their respective professions. Modeled after the National Press Club, the Penn State Forum includes lunch, followed by remarks from the distinguished speaker. After the presentation, a facilitator poses questions submitted by members of the audience to the speaker. Together, the speaker and audience have an opportunity to explore some of the most pertinent issues facing higher education and society today.
Nicolius Thomas
Awarded Indigenous Dream Scholarship
Nicolius Thomas (Navajo) has been selected as an Indigenous Dream Scholar . The scholarships are awarded on the basis of high academic achievement and daringness to dream. The scholarship is awarded by Soul of Nations . Nicolius is shown with Soul of Nations Executive Director Ernest Hill .
IAIA’s Scarlett Cortez Named TCJ Student Blogger

Tribal College Journal has announced that Scarlett Cortez of IAIA will serve as the next blogger at TCJStudent.org . The title of the new, bi-monthly blog will be “Shared Stories,” which she hopes will connect people and open conversations about important issues.

A junior at IAIA and a multi-talented artist, Cortez is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is currently a studio arts major but hopes to segue into art therapy so that she can use her talents to help others. Cortez has served as the IAIA Student Ambassador , the Southwest representative on the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Congress, and was named the AIHEC Slam Poet Laureate in 2016. She has competed in numerous spoken word and slam poetry events and had her poem, “Worried Warrior,” published in the spring 2017 issue of Tribal College Journal . She is also an award-winning photographer, taking first place in the photography category at the 2018 AIHEC student conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. 
Flame of Hope Gala

Nocona Burgess (Comanche), LeRoy Grafe  and  Jeff DeMent (Navajo) attended the New York Flame of Hope Gala at Gotham Hall in New York. They set up a gallery during the event to showcase and sell works by IAIA students. All monies collected went directly to the students and over $4,700 in sales were recorded.

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.

IAIA Fitness and Wellness Director JoAnn Bishop was listed in the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Hall of Fame, in the April issue of Fitness Journal. Congratulations!

The IAIA and NMHU Iron Pour Crew in Las Vegas, New Mexico, with IAIA Assistant Professor Matthew Eaton.

Eliza Combs  is our new IAIA Counselor. Reporting directly to Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone), Dean of Students, Eliza is highly qualified. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC), is a registered Art Therapist (ATR) and has a wealth of experience. Eliza has worked as an Adult, Child and Family Therapist for Valencia Shelter Services, a Program Manager and Onsite Therapist for Casa Q Residential Home and Educational Director and Interim Executive Director for Boys and Girls Club. Most recently she was Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapist for The Life Link in Santa Fe. Eliza holds an MA in Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College. 

Esteban Moreno  has joined IAIA as our new Student Accounts and Financial Aid Coordinator. Reporting directly to Lara Trujillo-Barela, Director, Financial Aid and Student Accounts, Esteban comes to us with wide-ranging financial and education experience. His resume includes work as a pricing analyst for Julio Gallo, a teacher in the California State School System, and most recently a teacher in the Santa Fe Public Schools. Esteban holds an MBA from Cal State.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
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May 2, 6:00 pm–8:30 pm

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May 5, 10:00 am–7:00 pm

May 7–10

May 12, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

August 15, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

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MoCNA Exhibitions

February 16–July 29, 2018

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 8–June 3, 2018

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

February 9–July 31, 2018

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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