eNewsletter | November/December 2019
IAIA 2019 Holiday Market
On December 14th, IAIA held our 2019 Holiday Market. Over 80 vendors - students, staff, faculty, alumni, and Native American - artists filled the Gym in the IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Center - the first time that this event was held there. People from all over the Santa Fe area came out to meet the artists and finish their holiday shopping. It was a great day for all.
Holiday Community Gathering At IAIA
Interim Dean of Students Paul Moore (Chickasaw) hosted the Holiday Community Gathering on December 11th. He gave a brief overview of some of the accomplishments that were made through the semester, then invited students to perform for the assembled. The audience was treated to readings, drumming, and singing by many of our talented IAIA folks.
United States
Poet Laureate
and IAIA Alumna
Joy Harjo
(Mvskoke Nation) '68
UNM Newsroom

ABQ Journal

On New Mexico In Focus

In Tulsa World

Cannupa Lugar (Mandan/Hidasta/Arikara/Lakota) ’11 and Others in Groundbreaking Show in United Kingdom

IAIA Winter Break Food Drive
  • 16 families picked-up a food bag since Friday, December 13 to Friday, December 20.
  • We handed out 6 gift cards to families
  • The winner of the IAIA Letterman Jacket is Jessie Ryker-Crawford (Minnesota Chipewa). The more groceries / gift cards brought in by one, the better chance of winning.
  • Sponsored by the Academic Dean, Charlene Teters (Spokane).

Delight Talawepi (Hopi)
The Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery Again Visit IAIA November 30th - December 8th
Photos: Hillary Cagey (Lummi Nation)
IAIA Community Members on NPR ’s List of Best Books of 2019

Performance Poetry Class Reading

On December 10th, members of Jonah Winn-Lenetsky's Performance Poetry Reading Class did a reading in the Black Box for members of the IAIA community.
IAIA Nizhóní Center Daycare Opens

The IAIA Daycare Center is now open! Contact Mary Hendrix at 505-231-7167 for more information.
25 Inspiring Indigenous Activists to Follow on Parade.com

More from IAIA Feature on
Voice of America
 "Native American Photography" Exhibition featuring IAIA Alumna Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05 opens at Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Tübingen DAI 

"Mix and Mingle!" Event
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Do you like to engage in creative, dynamic conversations with visitors and learners of all ages? Would you like to be a part
of building connections across our local community?
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is looking for new docents and volunteers to join the Museum’s Docent Program.
Join us to learn all about the opportunities we’ll have in Spring 2020 !
Light Refreshments will be provided. 
To RSVP, please call 505.428.5904 or email us at  groups@iaia.edu

MoCNA Reconciliation Exhibition and IAIA Community Members on

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 TC Cannon (Kiowa/Caddo) ‘66 
Retrospective on Hyperallergic
“Best of” List

Earl Biss (Crow) '66 Biography
Wins Awards
Author Lisa Gerstner recently won two awards for the biography
“Experiences with Earl Biss – The Spirit Who Walks Among His People” . She is an award-winning
finalist in both the Art category and Biography category of the 2019 Best Book Awards sponsored by
American Book Fest.
Lisa worked directly with renowned Crow artist, Earl Biss, on his biography in 1994-1995. He
passed away while painting for a show in in Santa Fe in 1998. The book was published by
American Design Ltd. in August 2018.
Earl Biss was a lead painter during the Contemporary Native Art Movement birthed in the 1960s
during the formational years of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He is
considered by some art experts as one of the greatest oil painters of all time.
Therapy Dogs Return to IAIA
IAIA Associate Dean
Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation) essays in
Warhol and the West
IAIA Staff Holiday Party
IAIA Alumni Council Elections

The Alumni Council has announced that new elections will take place January 6th-30th, 2020.

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.
Current 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 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.

Click on the red headline for more of the story.

Ryan Rice (Mohawk) will assume the Acting Dean role (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies) at OCAD University

IAIA Librarian Chloe Bragg (far right) leaves IAIA to accept a position at The Cleveland Museum of Art Research Library.

New IAIA Alumni Relations Officer,  Roanna Shebala  (Diné/Zuni) will begin her employment in early January.

IAIA Alumnus Bruce King, painter, writer, musician, actor, chef extraordinaire, mostly an extraordinary friend, father, and husband. Proud member of the Oneida Nation, born in Chicago IL, on November 2, 1950 and passed away surrounded by loved ones on November 27, 2019.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Fri, January 3, 2020, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Sat, January 4, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Sun, January 5, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Mon, January 6, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Tue, January 7, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Thu, January 9, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Fri, January 10, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Sat, January 11, 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Wed, January 15, 2020, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Thu, February 13, 2020, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Sun, February 16, 2020–Mon, February 17, 2020

View all Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

Tue, January 1, 2019–Thu, October 1, 2020

Fri, February 15, 2019–Sun, January 26, 2020

Thu, May 30, 2019–Sun, January 19, 2020

Thu, May 30, 2019–Sun, February 16, 2020

Fri, August 16, 2019–Sun, January 19, 2020

Fri, November 15, 2019–Sun, March 1, 2020

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Mon, August 5, 2019–Tue, June 30, 2020
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 4:07-4:30 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