eNewsletter | November/December 2020
IAIA Receives
Five-Million-Dollar Donation from
MacKenzie Scott
Market Place
Continues Into
IAIA Names
Founding Director
MFA in Studio Arts Program
In October of this year, The Higher Learning Commission, IAIA's accrediting organization, approved the school's application to launch an MFA Program in Studio Arts. A founding director for the program has recently been hired.

Dr. Mario A. Caro (Colombian Mestizo) is a researcher, curator, and critic of art who has published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary Indigenous arts. He has taught graduate courses at Indiana University, New York University, and, most recently, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Art, Culture, and Technology Program.  

Dr. Caro commented: "I'm delighted and honored to join IAIA to contribute to the Institute's tremendous legacy of nurturing Native arts and cultures. The development of this unique program is part of IAIA's logical growth and fills a critical gap in graduate education - an MFA in Studio Arts, a terminal degree focusing on the Native art production."

Felipe J. Estudillo Colón (Laguna Pueblo), Interim Academic Dean stated that: “We are thrilled and humbled to have Dr. Mario A. Caro join our academic team as the IAIA Studio Arts MFA Program founding director. Dr. Caro not only brings a wealth of experience and expertise but also a boundless dedication to the perpetuation of Contemporary Indigenous Arts and Culture. As IAIA celebrates 60 years of unwavering commitment to contemporary Indigenous art and culture, we look forward to the future and to the addition of Dr. Caro to the IAIA family.”
You Can Still Donate to Support Student Scholarships
Dr. Lara M. Evans 
(Cherokee Nation)
part of
Smithsonian Pandemic Oral History Project

Evans Nominated for CAA Board of Directors

If Elected, Will Be the First
Native American on Board

Rico and
Crystal Worl '13 (Tlingit/Athabascan)
Trickster Company

Dr. Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) Online Event
(Jemez Pueblo) '14 SWAIA Winter Indian Market Artist Spotlight
Joy Harjo 
(Mvskoke Nation) '68 -- UNM Native American Heritage Month

Harjo Reading on
Voices of Oklahoma

Visit the
IAIA Online Store

IAIA Pendleton Blankets
in Stock


Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery
“Virtual Reservation” Exhibition on DiverseEducation.com

Chris Eyre
(Cheyenne/Arapaho) New Film
"A Thousand Roads"

"Reservation Dogs"
Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee)
Migizi Pennsoneau (Ponca/Ojibwe) Series Picked Up by FX

New Indigenous Film and TV Projects on IndianCountryToday.com

Many IAIA Community Members Involved

Chaz John
(Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska/Missippi Band of Choctaw) '16 on Vimeo
Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05 and Diego Romero
(Cochiti Pueblo) '86
Native News Online
MoCNA Reopened to the Public!

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is once again open to the public at 25% capacity (Maximum of 40 individuals at any given time). 

MoCNA's new hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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 Mobile App!
Now available on the App Store for iPhone® and iPad®
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 Virtual Museum
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts virtual museum can be enjoyed via Matterport. This VR experience is a replica of our physical museum located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The virtual museum was co-created by our Senior Museum Education Manager, Winoka Yepa (Diné), and Photographer Lisa Hinson of 5D Media, who provided the high-resolution photographs used for this VR experience.

For more information and updates about MoCNA public programming, please visit our website and our Facebook page.

"Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future” on NativeNewsOnline
Making History: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Available now at the MoCNA Store, Making History: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (2020), exposes the central role of the Institute of American Indian Arts as an epicenter of the dynamic and under-studied contemporary Native Arts movement (1962 to present). This unique resource not only guides educators and the public in how to interpret key interpretative American Indian art themes such as the body, dance, and visual icons using Indigenous methodologies, it also charts contemporary Native arts origins, drawing from the wisdom of our elders, artists, poets and educators.
This valuable resource contains two-hundred works of art, many that have never been photographed or circulated prior, and twenty-four archival photographs from IAIA’s nearly sixty-year history.

To purchase, please visit the MoCNA Store, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, by phone at (505) 983-8900, or purchase online by clicking here.

Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) '16
on Vimeo
Chris Pappan (Osage / Kaw / Cheyenne River Sioux) '92
Artist Talk

Pappan – WWTW

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
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 Esteban Moreno, Advancement Services Manager,
(505) 424-2310, or emoreno@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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Tacey Atsitty ReceivesYellow Medicine Review's 2020 Pushcart Prize nomination for "On Innocence"
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Monday November 23, 2020–Tuesday January 4, 2022

MoCNA Exhibitions

Monday July 29, 2019–Sunday July 11, 2021

Thursday February 13–Sunday January 3, 2021

Thursday June 4, 2020–Sunday March 28, 2021

Thursday June 4, 2020–Sunday 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 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 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