eNewsletter | May/June 2018
eNewsletter | April/May 2018
IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction Wednesday August 15th
Meet the Makers

The annual IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction is right around the corner. Wednesday, August 15th, will be a memorable evening of mingling with renowned Native American artists and patrons in the beauty of La Terraza and the historic Lumpkins Ballroom at La Fonda in downtown Santa Fe.

Traditional and Contemporary IAIA Alumni artists are celebrated at the event, with all the evening's proceeds going to provide scholarships for our students. Our goal this year is to raise $230,000.

The Co-Chairs for the Auction are Alumnae Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) ’96 and Lorraine Gala Lewis (Laguna/Taos/Hopi) ’83.
One of the highlights of this year's auction is an amazing Alumni Treasure Box created by IAIA Alumnus Dennis Esquivel (Grand Traverse Band Ottawa), '97. Among the award-winning alumni who are contributing works of art, jewelry, and literature to the first-ever Alumni Treasure Box are:

Fritz Casuse (Diné), ’98 ; Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara), ’18;
Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band), ’96; Terese Marie Mailhot (Seabird Island Band), '16; and Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho), ’16.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) observed, “IAIA’s Scholarship Dinner and Auction is one of the premier charitable events in Santa Fe and is the unofficial kickoff of the biggest week for Native American arts in the world. Through the generosity of our patrons and contributing artists we are able to fund scholarships that are so essential to our students in their life-changing pursuit of a college education – perhaps the greatest gift of a lifetime.”

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation , Brooks, California, for the second year, is a $10,000 sponsor. Thank you Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation!

For more details or assistance with sponsorships please contact James Rutherford at james.rutherford@iaia.edu  or 505.424.2310.
Photo by Jason S. Ordaz 
IAIA Trustee Producing Animated Series
IAIA Trustee Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets'aii Gwich'in), has been named the creative producer of the PBS KIDS series MOLLY OF DENALI, scheduled to debut in the summer of 2019. For more information about the program, click here.
New Mexico Department of Public Safety Visits IAIA
On April 11th and 12th, the New Mexico DPS held a conference on the IAIA campus. Captain Ted Collins , the Commander of Operation Technical Programs sent two letters acknowledging the great treatment they received while on campus. Kudos to the IAIA IT and Facilities departments for their diligent efforts in supporting this event!

Larry Mirabal, CFO
IAIA - Duchy Parade Feature Film Adds Native Hope Media to the Project

IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, in partnership with  Duchy Parade Films, LLC , has put together a production plan for a contemporary feature film which will be filmed in New Mexico. The film -  The Dark Places  - was written and is to be directed by  Peter Kershaw , a Producer/Director in television in the UK and an International award winning independent filmmaker. He is a graduate of the IAIA MFA Program in screenwriting, and currently teaches IAIA's Undergraduate Directing Class. Kershaw is a principal in Duchy Parade Films, LLC. 

It was recently announced that Native Hope Media has joined the production team. Native Hope Media is a production company founded on an ethos of fairness, representation, support, and empowerment for Native filmmakers, artists, brands, and creators. Based in New Mexico, Native Hope Media is part of the Native Hope Family located in Chamberlin, South Dakota. Their involvement was led by  Trisha Burke , Executive Director of Native Hope and  Selim Sandoval  (Maya), Executive/Creative Producer for Native Hope Media.  

Shown are Mark Lewis (Gila River/Sac & Fox), Laura Hinman (Mesa Grande of Mission Indians), and Selim Sandoval (Maya) of Native Hope.

For updates on the production, check The Dark Places Facebook Page here .
IAIA Alumna Named Employee of the Year

Roseanna Andrade (Mexica), ’16, a new member of New Mexico Library Association , was named Non-Custody Employee of the Year for her work as Library Clerk at the Penitentiary of New Mexico (PNM). She received the award in May. Andrade has held her position at PNM for less than two years and has already made a significant difference in the lives of her patrons. She recently celebrated National Library Week by creating a tree in the library space, and asking patrons to fill the tree with leaves. The leaves that patrons placed on the tree were the titles of their favorite books.

Andrade was noticed by the  Albuquerque Journal North  less than six months into her work at the Penitentiary when she celebrated National Poetry Month. She worked with IAIA faculty member and poet, James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), to post poems written by inmates on a nature trail that encircles the IAIA campus. To view the article, click here . To mirror the outdoor nature trail, Andrade created a “trail” inside the prison library where inmates could walk through the library and read the poetry written by fellow inmates.

Andrade has had a passion for books her entire life, and worked for the IAIA library while she was a student here for four years.

Andrade and her work should serve as creative inspiration for all of us. Her work is confined by extraordinary circumstances, restrictions, and rules, yet she searches for and finds ways to enrich the lives of her patrons. Andrade’s award recognizes her as an exceptional librarian in her mission of celebrating books, literature, and libraries in the community she serves. Congratulations Roseanna!  
Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.

MFA Director Jon Davis had four poems, translated and introduced by Uruguayan poet Roberto Appratto , in the online journal  Periódico de Poesía , published by la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. Poems can be read here


MFA Alumnus and Mentor Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho), ’16, had his novel There, There released this month to great reviews!



Terese Mailhot and Tommy Orange both on the New York Times Best Seller List!

MFA Alumna and Mentor Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) ’16, Continues to Make News

More Terese Mailhot in the media!



IAIA Online Certificates

IAIA is one of the few fine art schools in the United States to offer an Online Certificate in  Business and Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is a creative process, and IAIA is the ideal place to expand the way you think about business. 
The Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is designed for students of all ages and backgrounds - and provides a solid foundation in business skills.

To see testimonials from former students,  click here.
IAIA also offers Online Certificates in  Museum Studies and Native American Art History .

The Museum Studies Certificate Program  is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education in the field of museology specific to best practices of cultural object care and cultural presentation. Students learn the techniques, methods, practices, and critical thinking necessary to assist communities in maintaining their cultures and heritages through museums and cultural centers.

The Native American Art History Certificate Program takes an interdisciplinary approach, examining Indigenous artistic practice as a form of discourse and a focus for cultural exchange. Courses provide a broad historical overview of the history of Native American, First Nations, and Central and South American art forms - critically examining the disciplinary lenses applied to Indigenous art, including archaeological, anthropological, ethnographic, and art historical methods --analyzed with close attention to the ethical and conceptual concerns of indigenous scholars, artists, and activists. 

To learn more about IAIA's online programs,  click here.  

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz
IAIA Alumna Fashionistas

Crystal Worl (Tlingit/Athabscan), ’13 (L) and Tania Larsson  (Gwich'in) ’17 (R) presented their clothing and jewelry during the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto . Tania remarked, “It was so special to be there with a fellow IAIA alumna being recognized for our work.”
Design by Crystal Worl
(Trickster Company)
Design by Tania Larsson
Jewelry by Tania Larsson
Allan Houser Scholarship
Fund Raiser
On June 14th, over 60 supporters gathered with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), IAIA Foundation Board Members, and Advancement staff at the Compound Restaurant’s Garden Patio to raise funds and awareness for the Allan Houser Scholarship . Scholarship recipients  Dezbah Evans (Yuchi/Navajo/Chippewa) along with Anangookwe Wolf  (Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa Band of Lake Superior) were introduced by IAIA Studio Art sculpture instructor Matt Eaton, and spoke about the impact on success this scholarship has had for them in their studies.

In further celebration of the Allan Houser (Apache) legacy for IAIA, a small bronze Allan Houser piece ‘Cerrillos’ was on display and sold that night to benefit the fund. To help support the Allan House Scholarship Fund please click here.

Eileen Berry
Photos by Jason S. Ordaz
IAIA Continues Successful Artist-in-Residence Program
Artist-in-Residence Program Director and IAIA Associate Dean  Dr. Lara M. Evans  (Cherokee Nation) announced the upcoming artists for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence program. Participating artists are selected by a campus committee consisting of students, faculty, and staff. The A-i-R Program includes public receptions and artist talks by each artist.

Janet Rogers  (Mohawk/Tuscarora): July 3, 2018 - August 31, 2018. Janet is a writer who works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry, and recorded poetry with music. Her residency session is made possible by the generous support of Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in partnership with IAIA.

Luanne Redeye  (Seneca): September 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018. Luanne is a painter, working primarily in oil. Her residency session is made possible by the generous support of Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in partnership with IAIA.

Robert “Spooner” Marcus (Ohkay Owingeh): August 20, 2018 - October 19, 2018. Robert is a glass artist, producing custom and art glass. His techniques include blown and sand-carved vessels, sand castings, sculpted figures, and fused glass.

Catherine “Maggie” Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe): September 1, 2018 - September 23, 2018 . Maggie, a textile artist and designer, deriving inspiration from her Ojibwe heritage, family history, and through themes related to the contemporary Native American experience.

Katie Dorame (Gabrielino/Tongva): September 26, 2018 - October 20, 2018 . Katie is a visual artist who creates paintings and drawings filled with actors, film scenes, props, and costumes, twisting classic, contemporary, and b-movies into other worlds.

Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota): September 1, 2018 - September 23, 2018 . Bobby has painted dozens of murals, performed spoken word poetry at events across the country, appeared on television and radio numerous times, and has garnered international attention as a member of the comedy group "The 1491s." 

Monty Little (Diné): October 3, 2018 - November 5, 2018. Little graduated with a BFA from IAIA in 2015, with a double major -- Creative Writing and Studio Arts. He visualizes his written work of anomalistic images of war, past and current memories. He began to paint and print his poems using each medium as erasure, where unsettling truths reveal personal components and texture is integral, yet disruptive, to finding his past chaotic.

Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee [Creek]/Seminole): October 30, 2018 - December 30, 2018. Kenneth is a custom jewelry designer and is known for his attention to detail in his jewelry creations. 

Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo): October 21, 2018 - December 15, 2018. Adrian is a sculptor who received his BFA from IAIA in 2014. He has been sculpting since and while his primary medium is stone, he works with many materials, including clay, bronze, and glass.

Tahnibaa Naataanii (Navajo): October 30, 2018 - December 11, 2018. Navajo Weaving was introduced to her by her mother, Sarah H. Natani, when she was seven years of age, and she enjoys weaving traditional-style Shoulder Blankets, contemporary designs, and exploring the creative process.

Melanie Sainz  (Ho-Chunk): November 1, 2018 - December 13, 2018. Among her favorite materials to work with are porcupine quills combined with traditional and adapted techniques and discovered materials.

Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Warm Springs/Yakama): September 17, 2018 - September 28, 2018.Lillian is known internationally for her masks of clay, bronze, and cast glass, along with her sculpture, jewelry, and prints. 
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts included in Matador Networks’ “A Perfect 48 Hours in Santa Fe”

Matador Networks: "Between the plaza and the cathedral is the  IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art , a culture-spanning collection of new art of and by North America’s indigenous peoples, and the only one of its kind in existence. It all started with a student honors program, and now it’s the largest collection of contemporary Native American art in the world."

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.

Fellowship for IAIA Alumna

IAIA Alumna Kelly Church (Ottawa/Pottawatomi), ’06, received a NEA National Heritage fellowship . She is a black ash basket maker, painter, and birchbark biter. Church’s artistic, activist, mentorship, and tradition bearer journey to advocate for the survival of Native traditions has involved many national and international art programs, exhibitions, and work with government agencies such as tribal and U.S. Forest services. She has been named the Eiteljorg Artist in Residence , received a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s National Artist Fellowship , and been a four-time Artist Leadership Program participant of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Photo by Richard Church (Ottawa/Pottawatomi)

JoAnn Bishop Retires

On May 24 th , the IAIA community celebrated the retirement of Health, Wellness, and Fitness Director JoAnn Bishop with a party in the Academic Building. Best wishes to JoAnn!

Photo by Eric Davis

IAIA Student LeRoy Grafe wins Award

LeRoy Grafe’s documentary Put a Feather On It has been named an “Official Selection” for the Nikon “In Every Frame” video-sharing platform. " In Every Fram e is a celebration of inspiring videos shot on Nikon by filmmakers and creative spirits. Selected videos will be awarded with prizes of $2,000 and more, as well as being showcased at In Every Frame and on our Nikon communities worldwide.”
To view the film, click here.  

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz

IAIA Poets

IAIA Alumni  Boderra Joe (Diné), ’16, Tacey Atsitty (Diné), ’09, and Collestipher Chatto (Diné), ’15, are reading in the Pollentongue Poetry Nights at Art123 Gallery. For more information about the readings, visit http://www.galluparts.org/poetry/

A-i-R Artist, weaver Meghann O’Brien (Kwakwaka’wakw/Haida) on Alaska Public Media.

Photo by Eric Davis

New Works by Jeff Kahm

IAIA Alumnus and Faculty member Jeff Kahm’s (Plains Cree), ’92, has new works on display. Click here to view.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
August 15, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

View Happenings

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

June 4–October 29

August 16, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019
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