eNewsletter | November/December 2018
IAIA Hosts Tibetan Monks from
Drepung Loeseling Monastery
“A great event of healing the body, spirit and mind took place recently at IAIA. The Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loeseling Monastery visited the Performing Arts Department at IAIA with the sole mission of bringing healing and blessings to our campus and community. This was done through the creation of a Green Tara Mandala, created from ground marble, much in the tradition of Navajo sand paintings. 
 
Saturday, December 8th was the opening ceremony which took place in the Performing Arts Center Dance Studio. It included throat singing/chanting and use of the horn. More than 75 visitors came to witness the event that was made possible in part through the support of Sylvia Seret . Native Media Network founder, Harmon Houghton facilitated introductions on behalf of the monastery brothers.
 
From December 8th through December 16th, 10:00 am-5:30 pm, the monks created this sacred geometric mandala that calls upon the spirits to enter into the process as a function of ceremony. Chanting at 5:30 pm followed each day of work on the mandala.
 
In addition, two of our own studio art majors, Rachelle B. Pablo (Diné) and Shelley Patrick ( Mvskoke) f acilitated and worked with the monks in the creation of a separate public mandala in which all were invited to come and share in the experience. The IAIA Kiva Club offered thanks to the monks in the form of traditional Hopi song.

Once the Green Tara mandala was completed, the final ceremony took place on Sunday, December 16th, as they deconstructed the painting and returned the elements to the Rio Grande River where the prayers will flow back into the oceans.”

Sheila Rocha ( Tarasco/Pure’pecha) Photos by R.B. Pablo (Diné)
IAIA Approved to Offer AFA and BFA Degrees in Performing Arts

On Monday, December 2, 2018,  The Higher Learning Commission , one of IAIA's accrediting organizations, approved the school's application to launch  AFA and BFA Degree Programs in Performing Arts . The change is effective immediately, and students may begin to apply for the programs beginning with the Spring 2019 semester. For more details, click here .
Veterans Center Opens at IAIA
I AIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Receives Second Grant from Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


IAIA Winter Readers Gathering
January 5th through 12th, 2019


Malouf on the Plaza Makes Donation to
IAIA Scholarship Fund


Suzan Shown Harjo ( Cheyenne/
Hodulgee Muscogee)
 Symposium

Save the Date:
September 20th, 2019

Washington, DC

Ucross Names Heidi K. Brandow (Diné/Kanaka Māoli) 2019 Recipient of Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Program Manager
Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo)
to Jury THE Magazine's Inaugural Artists' Issue
IAIA Chronicle – Fall Issue

Therapy Dogs Return to IAIA

On Tuesday December 11th, our friends the Therapy Dogs returned to the library to help relieve some of the end-of-semester stress. Both the students and dogs had a great time!
2018 IAIA Holiday Art Market
The 2018 IAIA Holiday Market took place on December 15th, from 9:00am – 4:00pm in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and Painting Studios . 90 artists were here selling their works, along with food, drinks and fun for all!
A-i-R Open Studios
On Wednesday, December 5th, the IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists held Open Studios for the community. Details here:
IAIA's Annual Holiday Party, Potluck, and White Elephant Gift Exchange
On Tuesday, December 18th, IAIA held our annual Holiday Party. IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) welcomed the crowd, then introduced Trustee Beverly Morris (Aleut). She shared stories from her past days as a student. The event was fun for all -- lots of fun gifts, and lots of gift stealing were part of the afternoon's excitement. Special Thanks to Bert Candelaria (Cochiti Pueblo), Milly Raphaelito (Diné), and Toby Martinez from the IT Department for doing the decorations and set-up in the Hogan for the party.

November Community Gathering

November's Community Gathering featured presentations from students who recently participated in the Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Mexico (UIEM) Summer Cultural Exchange Program .

Dean of Students Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone) opened the gathering with a prayer, then provided the audience with an update on the 2019 AIHEC Student Conference, which will be held in Billings, Montana.

Assistant Professor Jonah Winn-Lenetsky , and students LaShawn Medicine Horn (Yankton Sioux), and Lorenza Marcais (Chicana/Mescalero Apache), presented an slide-show of their recent trip to Mexico and their experiences at (UIEM).
 
Visiting Fulbright Scholar Miguel Reyes Contraras ( Mazahua) also spoke of the trip and the exchange program, and shared a promotional video from the school.
 
Also present were John Tanzi and Bruce Duthu (Houma) from Dartmouth College , and they shared the fact that the third group of Dartmouth exchange students will be coming to IAIA in Fall of 2019.
IAIA MFA NEWS
Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.



Dennis E Staples' ( Red Lake Band of Chippewa) novel This Town Sleeps has been acquired by Counterpoint Press. It is currently scheduled to be published in early 2020. 

Screenwriting Alum David Lindblom co-directed and edited the film Four Stories About Water which showed at the Uranium Film Festival in Albuquerque.
MFA Faculty 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 Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) at (505) 424-2308 or judith.pepper@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
Et cetera contains information about happenings related to IAIA-be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site

Earth Surface People with  Jai Ram Rideout (saxophone) , Vance McBain (keyboards) , Dakota Yazzie (Navajo) (guitar), Allen Gonzalez (djembe & congas) , and Danny Brunner (drums) — recently performed in the IAIA Black Box Theatre.
Eric Wimmer and Mattie Reynolds visit "Through Our Eyes"
Eric Wimmer , Collections Registrar, and Mattie Reynolds (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Exhibitions Coordinator and Preparator, both from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, appeared on the IAIA Radio Show "Through Our Eyes " on December 18th. They discussed their jobs and what it's like handling art and putting together an exhibition. Listen to the podcast here: http://www.throughoureyes.libsyn.com/
I regret to inform you of the passing of a longtime community member. Willy D’Alessandro passed away on Monday, December 3rd. Willy was a Security guard for many years and made a lot of friends with staff and students. Below is the arrangements.

Jacqueline Chitto (Laguna/Isleta Pueblo)

It is with deep sorrow that I share with you the passing of IAIA student, Ronald Johnson ( White Mountain Apache) -- husband of MFA student, Rebecca Johnson . Ron, passed away in his sleep at his home in Arizona. He was a double major seeking a BFA in Studio Arts and Creative Writing. Two of his stories were awarded and featured in the Tribal College Journal . A memorial prayer circle will be organized in January.

Dr. Jennifer Foerster ( Muscogee [Creek])
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Sat, January 5, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Cherie Dimaline and Faith Adiele

Mon, January 7, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Tue, January 8, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Wed, January 9, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Thu, January 10, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Fri, January 11, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Sat, January 12, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Tue, January 22, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Tue, January 29, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Wed, February 13, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Sun, February 17–Mon, February 18

Tue, February 19, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Wed, February 27, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

View Happenings


MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

Thu, November 1, 2018–Wed, January 23, 2019

Fri, January 25–Fri, July 19
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