eNewsletter | September 2017
IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised Record Amount of Scholarship Support
The IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 16, 2017, raised a record $208,000 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 298 students, with the school awarding 564 scholarships this Fall. To view images from the event, some made by Terran Kipp Last Gun (Piikani) '16 please click here

A few weeks later, The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers that assisted at the dinner, with a Thank You Party on September 8, 2017. IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), along with IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper (Choctaw), thanked students for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.
 
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation  was a lead sponsor for the Scholarship Dinner.
IAIA Performing Arts Department Introduces ‘Beyond Performance” Series
On September 12, 2017, the Performing Arts Department hosted “Dinner With The Musician” on campus, featuring Lakota John (Lumbee/Oglala Lakota), Master of the Native American Bottleneck Slide & Piedmont Blues Guitar . IAIA students, staff, and faculty members were treated to conversation and music with John, his father (and harmonica player), and host IAIA Performing Arts Department Chair Sheila Rocha . A wonderful time was enjoyed by all.

Open House -
Save The Date!


The IAIA Annual Open House will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Visitors will be able to tour the campus and enjoy various free demonstrations and activities, including a Bronze Pour. We will also hold a dedication ceremony for the new Performing Arts and Fitness Building at 3:30 with special guests Grammy-wining Musician Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo), Olympic Gold Medalis t Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales , and more to be announced.
 
Here’s a few photos the nearly-completed PAF building, taken by IAIA CFO Larry Mirabal.


IAIA Low Rez MFA Program Guest Mentor Dana Levin Named Judge For The 2018 Dorset Prize 
 
Tupelo Press announced that the final judge for this year's Dorset Prize will be acclaimed poet and guest mentor for the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program Dana Levin .
 
The Dorset Prize includes a  $3,000 cash prize and a week-long residency at MASS MoCA worth $1,500 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with publicity and promotion.
 
Dana Levin recently published her fourth book Banana Palace. Previous collections include  In the Surgical Theatre , Wedding Day , and  Sky Burial . Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015 , The New York Times , Poem-a-day, Boston Review, and Poetry . Levin is a recipient of many honors, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress , as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations .
Scholarship Awards Night

On September 14, 2017, IAIA held our annual Scholarship Awards Night in the IAIA Café. During the event, which included an wonderful dinner, students who received scholarships were recognized and presented with a Certificate of Scholarship. The scholarships awarded included American Indian College Fund, Tribal Scholarships , IAIA Scholarships , a variety of named scholarships and more. The Keynote Address was presented by Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull (Lakota), President, American Indian College Fund (shown below right with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee). Congratulations to all of IAIA’s scholarship recipients! 
IAIA Acquires Lloyd Kiva New Personal Art Collection   
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Collection Department announced the acquisition of over 250 works of art, sketchbooks, textiles, and garments created by noted artist and educator Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee). New's widow, Aysen New generously donated the collection to IAIA on September 6, 2017. This is the second donation by Mrs. New; in 2010 she donated Lloyd H. New's papers to IAIA.
   
Until recently, Lloyd Kiva New's paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks remained in his personal archives at his Santa Fe home. Aysen, who has been a longtime champion of his legacy, provided access to hundreds of his paintings, sketches, and drawings for the 2016 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts exhibition Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence . This exhibition brought a new awareness to New's creative legacy that many had never experienced before.
 
The majority of the donation is made up of works on paper and sketchbooks (over 250) spanning seven decades of his art . Included in the donation are paintings and sketchbooks from his time served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. New sketched and painted what he witnessed, including the Battle of Iwo Jima . His watercolors are the only known color documentation of that decisive moment in our nation's history. Some of these works are currently on view in the Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center on the IAIA campus .
 
In addition to the art, the donation includes garments, handbags, and textiles. The garments were worn by Aysen and New himself, and they bear witness to his fashionable style and design excellence as all of the pieces were made from his own silk-screened material. Some of the shirts are adorned with handmade silver buttons created by Charles Loloma (Hopi) that are in pristine condition.
  
The works will be processed (photographed and catalogued) over the next few months.
IAIA on Cinema Scope Program on KSFR
Recently, CinemaScope show host Stu Goswick welcomed award-winning filmmaker (DuchyParade) and IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology professor Peter Kershaw -- along with 3 talented IAIA directing students, LeRoy Grafe , Thomas Worcester (Caddo), and Nicole Holmes to his show to talk about their current semester film projects.
Community Gathering Constitution Day 2017
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, IAIA celebrated Constitution Day in the CLE Commons with a Community Lunch. Activities included Constitution Trivia, Voter Registration, and a presentation by Amber Morning Star Byers (Choctaw) on her experiences in the International Student Mobility Partnership in Cultural Diversity at UIEM. Chair of the IAIA Indigenous Liberal Studies Department Stephen Wall (White Earth Chippewa), also talked about our upcoming exchange program with the school, and IAIA Adjunct Faculty, Spanish Language, Moira Garcia discussed our Spanish program and how it ties-in with the program.
 
 
On a related note, Carlos Gordillo , Professor and Director of Intercultural Art and Design at UIEM Mexico visited IAIA and also participated in the gathering. He was here to become familiar with the IAIA Community and our Degree Programs in order to promote the exchange program that we are implementing with the Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México (UIEM). 
IAIA vs. Navajo Technical University Archery Tournament
IAIA received a generous grant from Olympic Gold Medalist’s Billy Mills’ (Oglala Lakota) organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and used a portion of these funds to sponsor a non-sanctioned archery tournament on September 30, 2017. Schools invited included Diné College , Navajo Technical University , and St. John’s College . The tournament was originally scheduled to be held at St. John’s College, but they declined to participate before the event. The event was re-scheduled to be held on the Dance Circle on the IAIA campus.
Targets were set at 15, 20 and 25 yards. Each archer shot 3 ends of 5 arrows per distance. Prizes were awarded to the highest overall score, and for each distance. The event began at 10:00 a.m. with introductions of Coaches JoAnn Bishop, Randy Neumann , and Clyde Henderson , and introductions of the IAIA Archery Club officers. Shooting began about 10:30 a.m. and concluded about noon.
Highest score overall : NTU-Maverick Roballos, 348 points
15 Yards : 1 st IAIA-Kristy Yazzie (Navajo Nation), (134)
20 Yards:  1 st IAIA-LaShawn MedicineHorn (Yankton Sioux), (114)
25 Yards : 1 st NTU-Maverick Roballos (110)
It was a great day. Thanks to NTU for driving down from Crownpoint, NM and participating with IAIA!
IAIA A-i-R Open Studios and Farewell Reception
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 our September Artist-in-Residence artists, Janice George (Chepximiya Siyam), Leanne Campbell (Coeur d'Alene/Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation), and Marlene Nielsen  (Yup’ik), held an open studio session to share with the IAIA community what they've been working on during their IAIA residency.
 
Then, on September 28, we held a farewell dinner for the artists. After dinner the artists, once again, opened their studios and shared their work with the community.
IAIA October 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program
As we say goodbye to the September Artist-in-Residence artists, we get ready to welcome those who will be here in October:  Erica Lord (Athabaskan),  Peter Williams (Yup'ik), and Ryan Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of Colville), who will be here October 4-November 3, 2017. The November IAIA Artists-in-Residence (A-i-R) events include:
 
IAIA Welcome Reception for A-i-R artists
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 5:30pm-8:00pm
 
KSFR Radio Broadcast
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Listen locally at KSFR 101.1FM or stream live world-wide at KSFR.org. 
 
IAIA A-i-R Open Studios
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm-5:00pm

AT THE IAIA MUSEUM of CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS
108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe 
A Special Evening of Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm-7:00pm
 
All events are free and open to the public except the Radio Show
 
 
Erica Lord is an interdisciplinary artist who explores concepts and issues that exist within a contemporary Indigenous experience and how culture and identity are affected in a rapidly changing world.
  
Peter Williams , born and based in Alaska, strives to express and celebrate the oneness of all things, with emphasis on the human spiritual relationship with nature. He views this connection in his art as vital for healing the human soul along with the well-being of the planet.
 
Ryan Feddersen is a Seattle based artist who creates multi-layered environments and interactive sculptures alongside intimate studio work. Her art is tongue-in-cheek, with a pointed message by providing opportunities for a re-examination of shared histories through humor and fun, and hands-on engagement.
 
IAIA Alumni Council Elections


The results of the recent Alumni Council Election are as follows:
 
Tristan Ahtone '06 (Kiowa), Tahnee Growingthunder '15 (Kiowa/Mvskoke/Seminole) – 69, and Heidi Brandow '13 (Navajo/Native Hawaiian) are the new Alumni Councilors. Congratulations to the new Councilors and to all the candidates who participated! 
IAIA Students Receive "Spirit of Sovereignty" Scholarship
The Spirit of Sovereignty Scholarship Program provides approximately $75,000 per year to students attending each of the nation’s 37 tribal colleges. Scholarships, which are granted annually, $1,000 per recipient, are targeted toward the specific needs of each individual student. The scholarship funds may be used for any educational expense including, but not limited to, tuition, books, housing, travel, and daycare.
 
IAIA Students Ozawa Bineshi Albert (Yuchi/Chippewa) and Jontay Kahmakoatayo (Plains Cree) recently received the Spirit of Sovereignty: Advancing the Fundamentals of Self-Determination scholarship. Congratulations!

President’s List & Dean’s Lists Luncheon
On September 27, 2017, IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), and Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) hosted a luncheon in the CLE Commons to honor those students who have been placed on the President’s List or Dean’s List. All of the students received their certificates, and one of our students who recently passed over Ollin Velarde (Jicarilla Apache Nation) was also honored by having his certificate presented to two of his nephews and having an Honor Song sung by ASG Vice President Elizabeth Stahmer (Wyandotte/Blackfeet/Cherokee/Scots-Irish ).
IAIA Gets The Goat
On September 12, 2017, the IAIA Community received the following communication:
 
Good afternoon IAIA community,
 
Please be advised that there is a large goat (with corresponding large horns) running loose on the campus. Security is working with animal control to corral him/her. In meantime, please do not attempt to pet, corral, or chase the goat. He does appear to be agitated. No, this is not a prank.
 
Because of our location, we’ve had various wildlife on campus, including a bobcat, but this is our first goat. Here’s a photo of the culprit.
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 Angela Sedillo at (505) 424-5730.
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.





Whereas, a book of poetry by IAIA alumna Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota) ’09 has been long-listed for this year's National Book Award.








IAIA student Lorenza Marcais was named IAIA student curator for the 2017 AHA Progressive Arts Festival that took place September 17, 2017. She curated the beautiful watercolor mandalas of artist and IAIA Studio Arts major Tina Sparks .








On Friday September 8, 2017, IAIA Alumnus Monty Little (Diné) ’15, had an exhibition of his work, Monty Little’s Fast and Curious Exhibition , open at FaraHNHeight Fine Art Gallery and Performance Space, in Taos, NM.







MFA Screenwriting alum Jason Asenap (Comanche/Muscogee Creek) had one of his short films accepted into Toronto's ImagineNative this year. The film is titled Captivity Narrative , and this will be the film’s World Premiere.





IAIA Alumnus Del Curfman (Crow) ’17, has begun working with culturalpatina, an art gallery in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Del is currently a Newman’s Own Fellow at the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute based in Washington, D.C.








Congratulations to IAIA Low Rez fiction mentor Eden Robinson (Haisla), whose novel Son of a Trickster (Alfred A. Knopf Canada) has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize!





5 years ago, Anna Marie Houser (Spanish/Navajo) met with Josephine Myers-Wapp (Comanche) at the 360 Restaurant in the Apache Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma. Both had worked at IAIA in the 1970s. And both were 100 years of age at the time. Old friends, they hadn't seen each other in decades, and were happy to see each other again, spend some time together, and talk after so many years. Josephine passed over on October 26, 2014.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
November 2, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces

October 17, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Radio Broadcast
KSFR 101.1 FM

October 18, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Open Studio
IAIA Academic Building

October 25
IAIA Food Day

November 6, 2:00 pm–6:00 pm
IAIA Annual Open House and Building Dedication Ceremony

November 9, 9:30 am–3:00 pm
Indigenous Comic Con Master Workshops at MoCNA


MoCNA Exhibitions

January 27, 2017–January 1, 2018

May 5, 2017–January 21, 2018

May 19, 2017–January 28, 2018

July 3–October 27

July 7, 2017–January 21, 2018

July 28, 2017–July 28, 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
Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies; and a graduate degree in Creative Writing; the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves Native and non-Native college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and it's the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


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