eNewsletter | May/June 2020
Wednesday August 12th at 5:00 pm (MDT)

Gather VIRTUALLY for this year’s  Scholarships Shape Futures  Event. We will be LIVE streaming our event from the IAIA campus, featuring several well-known and award-winning IAIA alumni artists like Tony Abeyta (Navajo) '86, Marla Allison (Laguna) '00 , George Rivera (Pojoaque Pueblo) '84, the Gaussoin Family (Picuris Pueblo/Navajo),  Shonto Begay (Navajo) ’76, plus many more   who have graciously donated to our auction. There will be videos from our students, a couple of celebrity cameos, as well as a LIVE paddle call!

Click here  to donate directly to student scholarships and to register for updates! Remember, all proceeds from the event go to IAIA 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!
IAIA President
Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
on Native America Calling and POEH Talking Circle

Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) '96,  Dyani White Hawk (Sicunga Rosebud Sioux) ’08, America Meredith
(Cherokee) '96,
and more in
New York Times

Matthew Eaton Named IAIA Faculty of the Year

PBS Show
"Molly of Denali" Wins Peabody Award

IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) in New Book About Heroes

IAIA Pantry

The Institute of American Indian Arts Pantry is now open to receive monetary donations. The Pantry has been an established resource for the IAIA community through the years. Generated through student action, the Pantry provides perishable/non-perishable food, toiletries, clothing, and home supplies. 100% of donation proceeds will be used to purchase food and supplies directly given to the Pantry located on IAIA Campus for IAIA community use.
Please donate what you feel you can share as often as you would like. To donate, visit  www.iaia.edu , choose "Give" in the top right corner, select "Give Now." Under "Designate My Gift" select "Other" and enter "IAIA Pantry." Once you have completed the rest of the information click "Submit". Any amount donated is greatly appreciated.
Loyola Rankin, Navajo
Student Success Advisor

2020 Spring Graduating
Virtual Exhibition
Upcoming Exhibitions at MoCNA
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
June 4, 2020 - March 28, 2021
Artist Reception, August 14, 2010, 3:00-5:00 PM
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
June 4, 2020 - January 24, 2021
Artist Reception, August 14, 2010, 3:00-5:00 PM
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.
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T'cha -Mi'iko Cosgrove (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho) '20 in the Washington Post

Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) '89 in Taos News

Tony Abeyta (Navajo) ’86 and Del Curfman (Crow) '17 on byutv.com
Del Curfman (Crow) '17 in ABQ Journal
Continuing Education
Summer Classes
Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota) '09 on LitHub.com

New 3D Stereoscopic Experience
At this time, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are still closed, physically, to the public due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we have a few selected 3D stereoscopic photographs that will transport you, virtually, into an exhibition space, campus view, portraiture, and more—essentially as if you were there. To view the photographs in the third-dimension, use a pair of anaglyph red/cyan 3D glasses.

Don’t have a pair of 3D glasses? Request a free pair of glasses, and additionally, you can download and print a do it yourself (DIY) handout to make a pair at home. Download and view the IAIA 3D Glasses Template at www.iaia.edu/3d .
Students, Alumni, and Mentors of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world. Click on the red headline for the story.
MFA CW Alumni and Mentors participate in Fundraiser for COVID-19 Relief for Navajo and White Mountain Apache Communities.

Current MFA Mentors
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 contact Sandra Narvaez,  Advancement Services Manager,
505.424.2310, or sandra.narvaez@iaia.edu.
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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Casita and Student Parking Lots Upgraded
Peter Romero and his team in Facilities recently finished some work in the parking areas for the Casitas and Student Housing. Great job!
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Wed, June 3–Thu, September 3

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

Mon, August 5, 2019–Tue, June 30, 2020

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