eNewsletter | March/April 2021
Jeff Kahm Memorial
Kahm (Plains Cree of the Little Pine First Nation) In Pasatiempo
IAIA President’s Circle Event:
Reflections with Dr. Martin
Members of the President’s Circle are cordially invited to an exclusive IAIA President’s Circle Event: Reflections with Dr. Martin (Cherokee). President’s Circle members receive an inside look into happenings at IAIA including commencement, renovations for our one-of-a-kind research center, and our new Studio Arts MFA program. They’ll receive a behind-the-scenes look into Kathleen Wall's (Jemez Pueblo) ceramics studio at IAIA. Kathleen Wall, two-time IAIA alumna and 2020-2021 Native Living Treasure, is our spring Artist in Residence and featured artist for the 2021 Virtual Scholarship Event & Auction. Circle members will be the first to see the pieces she has created for this year’s auction and hear her story behind the art.
The event takes place virtually, on Monday, May 10th at 5:30 pm MDT.
How do I join the President’s Circle?
The President’s Circle is comprised of donors whose individual annual support is $1,000 or more. Annual gifts from contributors in the President’s Circle help to fund the most urgent priorities established by the President and Board of Trustees. To join our President’s Circle, or for more information, please contact IAIA Interim Institutional Advancement Director Suzette Sherman at 505.424.2309 or by email at Suzette.Sherman@iaia.edu.
Already a President’s Circle Member?
We would love for you to join our President’s Circle Event. President’s Circle members have been sent a private link to view the program. If you are a current President’s Circle member and did not receive a private link or have further questions, please contact IAIA Interim Institutional Advancement Director Suzette Sherman.
Earth Day 2021

What Are The Biggest Environmental Problems of Our Lifetime?


Co-Sponsored by the Land Grant Department and Student Activities
Climate Awareness
Send your climate stories to communications@iaia.edu
Virtual Town Hall
April 21, 2021

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) hosted another in a series of Town Hall meetings on April 21st. Items discussed included: the COVID-19 vaccine (over 88% of the Faculty/Staff had already received shots), campus reopening, summer classes (almost 5-times more offerings than last year), in-person classes, the Summer Bridge program, campus upgrade projects, student housing, programs at the museum, and a
Jeff Kahm Memorial Scholarship.
Retired IAIA Academic Dean Char Teters
to Speak at
2021 IAIA Virtual Commencement

Noted artist, activist, and educator
-- and retired IAIA Academic Dean -- 
Charlene Teters (Spokane), 
has been selected to give the 
Institute of American Indian Arts' 2021 Commencement Address 
at 11:00 am MDT on
Saturday, May 15, 2021.  

In addition to delivering the commencement address live from campus, Teters will also be awarded an 
Honorary Doctorate of Humanities 
degree during the ceremony. 

You can stream the event at:

"Walk to Graduation"

“Walk to Graduation” is a fundraising initiative for the Alumni Association and the Alumni Council to help raise funding for the IAIA Alumni Scholarship. In celebrating the Class of 2021 and their unbelievable resilience in achieving their degree through a global pandemic, we understand how scholarships are essential to help our indigenous students to be successful in their higher learning. “Walk to Graduation” is a fundraising initiative that will run through May in celebration of our graduates. Because we know how essential scholarships are for our students, we want to pay it forward for our future IAIA Alumni. During this fundraiser, you will have opportunities to create your own Fundraising page, recruit team members to compete with other teams or individuals, and show your progress through your social media accounts. Have fun as we help grow the alumni scholarship. Please join me as we “Walk to Graduation.”

Roanna Shebala (Diné,Zuni)
Alumni Relations Officer

For more information visit: www.iaia.edu/gradwalk21
IAIA Trustee Lawrence Roberts Named
Interior Department Chief of Staff
Lawrence Roberts, who headed the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs at the end of the Obama administration, will take over as the new Chief of Staff, according to a White House spokesperson.

Roberts, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, previously worked at the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. He most recently was special counsel at the law firm Jenner & Block, and a professor of practice and executive director of the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Program at Arizona State University’s Law School.
Suzette Sherman Named Interim Director of Institutional Advancement

Dear IAIA Community,
I am pleased to announce that Suzette Sherman has joined IAIA as the Interim Director of Institutional Advancement. Suzette brings to this role extensive management experience in fundraising, membership, marketing, business development, and guest services for nonprofit cultural organizations and museums – including 18 years in leadership roles. She has a track record of building collaborative teams, high-performance business models, and multi-channel marketing campaigns that generate significant revenue and patron loyalty.

Suzette has held several leadership roles for museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2018,  she joined the Museum of New Mexico Foundation as Director of Leadership Giving to lead all development activities for the Museum of Art, including major-gift fundraising, donor relations, sponsorships, grants, planned giving, and high-profile stewardship events (i.e., a Governor’s exhibition reception at the museum). She led the Centennial Campaign to build the Vladem Contemporary, raising the last $4 million in 17 months to successfully complete the $12.5 million initiative and increase the campaign donor base by over 400%.
Please join me in welcoming Suzette to IAIA. 
Best Regards,

Dr. Martin
IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Department in
Red Lake News

Two Big IAIA Scholarships With Deadlines of
June 1st!
George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Scholarships

NBCU Academy Scholarships


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Interview With
Retired Trustee
Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw)

IAIA Student
Mitchell Baker
(Mandan/Hidasta/Akira) Competes at the NCCGA National Championship Tournament

Congratulations to IAIA Golf Team Captain Mitchel Baker who played in the NCCGA National Championship Tournament April 23-25. The Student Life Sports Clubs are very proud of this achievement and all the hard work involved in getting there.  

Paul C. Moore (Chickasaw) 
Interim Dean of Students
Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05

Romero Photo on Book Cover

Romero in Hyperallergic

Romero and
Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan / Hidasta / Akira / Lakota) '11 at Haskell Indian Nations University

Joy Harjo 
(Mvskoke Nation) '68
on Native America Calling

Harjo on
The Green Room Live

Ryan Flahive in
Santa Fe Reporter

Amber Morningstar Byars (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) '18
Storytelling Event with
USA Today

Dr Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa) on BBC.com

Frank in Santa Fe Reporter

Dyani White Hawk (Sicunga Rosebud Sioux) '08
on MN Artists

Makaye Lewis (Tohono O’odham) ‘20 and Daisy Quezada (Mexican-American) in ABQ Journal

Allison Hedge Coke
(Metís) '93 on poetrysociety.org

Kimberly Parko
Faculty of the Year

IAIA Creative Writing Program on PBS

IAIA on RiverReporter.com

Brent Greenwood ’94 (Ponca/Chickasaw) in Red Lake Nation News

Greenwood on theadanews.com

Robert Mesa (Navajo Nation) in Variety

Jacob Frye (Tesuque Pueblo) '20 in Los Alamos Daily Post

Ramona Emerson (Diné) '15 In Amarillo Globe-News

Emerson In Amarillo Pioneer

Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish-Kootenai / Métis-Cree / Sho-Ban) at 516 Arts

Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi/Konkow/Nisenan) '19 with Nancy Pelosi

Luci Tapahonso (Navajo) on Colores!

Tapahonso in Pasatiempo

IAIA Student
Patrick W Collins (Chippewa-Cree) Creates
Deb Haaland
(Laguna Pueblo)
Tribute "Be Fierce"
DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo
(Taos Pueblo)
La Fonda

MoCNA Reopened to the Public!

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is open to the public at a limited capacity as per the Governor’s approval.

The Museum is open Monday and Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at 50% capacity (maximum 50 individuals at any given time).

Starting Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the Museum will be open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and on Sundays, 11:00 am– 4:00 pm.

The Museum remains closed on Tuesdays.

Timed tickets are available for purchase online at www.iaia.edu/product/museum-admission 
or in-person at the MoCNA museum store.
For more information, please visit: www.iaia.edu/mocnas-reopening-plans.
Please self assess your health before visiting the museum. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please delay your visit to another time. 
Face coverings and social distancing will be required while in the museum.

The museum is located at 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 

For more information please contact: 505.983.1666 or visit
Official Launch: MoCNA Virtual Museum II 
MoCNA App on iPhone 12
 Experience the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts from your smartphone! Explore contemporary Indigenous art through our current exhibitions, through guided tours, artist interviews, and more. Stay up to date on our latest events, and explore the museum using our interactive maps.
The MoCNA app was co-developed by Cuseum, Inc. and MoCNA Senior Manager of Museum Education, Winoka Yepa (Diné).
Download on the App Store Now
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MoCNA on SantaFe.org
"How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Santa Fe"

MoCNA in
Condé Nast Traveler


"Manifesting Our Destinies"
Co-curated by Joseph Maldonado (Ottawa/Chippewa) and Ethan Swearengin (Cherokee Nation), the 2020/2021 IAIA Senior Exhibition highlights artwork that reflects the diverse backgrounds of this year's graduating BFA students. The juried show presents the bold and unique voices of emerging artists that share common concerns -- such as issues of cultural and gender identity, discrimination, and the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some works refer to artists's personal experiences and their relationship to the natural world, others explore themes in urban spaces or focus on the experimentation with materials and forms. Created in a variety of media, the works are grounded in ideas of cultural, social, and historical import. On view April 23, 2021 through October 10, 202
Cliff Fragua ’75
(Jemez Pueblo)
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

IAIA 2021 Spring Senior
Graduating Exhibition
Please join the IAIA Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery 
in celebrating the achievements of the 2021 Spring graduating BFA students and their completion of
Retrospective of Change
the third completely virtual IAIA senior exhibition. 
to view the virtual gallery and the works of the graduating seniors.
Alexis Estes
(Lower Brule Sioux) '17 and Feather Metsch (The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians) Event

Peter Romero Leaves IAIA

After almost 3 ½ years at IAIA, Peter Romero has resigned from his position as Facilities Director to pursue a new opportunity. Peter’s last day was April 22, 2021.   
During his tenure at IAIA, Peter oversaw the completion of numerous capital projects, which have enhanced our campus and improved learning spaces for students. Additionally, he played a key role in IAIA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, by ensuring that the college’s facilities were clean, safe, and well-marked. The approach that Peter took to his work always placed student needs and safety above all else and I have appreciated that greatly. 
Please join me in thanking Peter for his service to IAIA and wishing him all the best in his next endeavor.   
The search for a new Facilities Director has already begun. Phil Cooney will serve as the Interim Director, until the position is filled.  

Lawrence T. Mirabal
Chief Financial Officer

(Tortugas Pueblo / Tigua / Apache) in Taos News

Visit the
IAIA Online Store

IAIA Pendleton Blankets
in Stock


Tacey Atsitty 
(Diné) ‘09 in
Salt Lake City Weekly
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

MFA SA Program in Hyperallergic
Give a Gift Today
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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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Planned Giving. Please consider IAIA in your estate planning. 

Give right now by credit card, or contact Esteban Moreno, Advancement Services Manager,
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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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IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Fri, April 23, 2021–Wed, January 1, 2025

Mon, May 10, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Mon, May 10–13

Sat, May 15, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

MoCNA Exhibitions

Monday July 29, 2019–Sunday July 11, 2021

Thu, January 28–Sat, July 17

Fri, February 5–Sun, July 4

Fri, April 23–Sun, October 10
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 the Higher Learning Commission. 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
The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on the third Wednesday of each month 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 www.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