eNewsletter | October/November 2018
IAIA Open House a Great Success
IAIA held our annual Open House on Thursday, November 8th from 2:00 pm—6:00 pm.  Visitors viewed screenings of 360º spherical films in the Digital Dome , visited the Art Conservation Lab , viewed Student Performance Art in the new Performing Arts and Fitness Center , watched Dances in the Dance Circle , had their photographs made in a Polaroid Photo Booth , listened to Student Readings in the Library , viewed a Fall Planting Demonstration in the Raised Gardens , purchased Student Art, and much more.

Many thanks to the Open House planning committee, staff, faculty, students, volunteers, and everyone who helped to produce this event.

IAIA Alumnus
Cannupa Hanska Luger
(Mandan/Hidasta/Arikara) '11
wins $50,000 prize

Cinematic Arts & Technology Chair
James Lujan's
(Taos Pueblo)
Play Chile Lover part of Native Voices Short Play Festival at the Autry
IAIA Students
Selected for 
Native American Heritage Month Programs

The Congressional Exhibition Project

To learn more about the programs please click here.

  • The IAIA students gathered on November 20th for a group reflection on the programs. They commented on how much that they learned about new peoples and cultures during their experience. All are excited about the possibility of traveling to Belgium in May.

Special Visitor to
Cinematic Arts & Technology Class
Legendary Cinematographer Ward Russell  ( Top Gun, Days of Thunder, The X Files Movie, and The Last Boy Scout ) dropped in to spend over two hours talking with IAIA students in Peter Kershaw’s World Cinema class. Along with a Q&A, Ward gave insights on tricks-of-the-trade in lighting for the screen, analyzing scenes from his features, and offered insight on working in the film industry, working as a DP, collaborating with directors as well as his own personal journey. Lined up for World Cinema II in the spring, a Production industry guest  whose credits include  Edward Scissorhands, Ordinary People and Silverado . These guests are part of the advisory support for IAIA’s first feature film production,  The Dark Places , being produced in 2019.

Peter M. Kershaw, MFA

IAIA Partners With Amazon Smile
A reminder to the IAIA Community - Purchasing through IAIA's unique Amazon charity link can increase donations to the IAIA Foundation . You know that Amazon features a large variety of merchandise, including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more. The more you use the link throughout the year, the more money is donated to IAIA.
This link  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0377684 , plus your Amazon account ID and password, will help the IAIA Foundation fund scholarships and provide much-needed assistance to IAIA students.

IAIA Trustees Met with IAIA Community for
Open Discussion
During the recent board meeting, members of the IAIA Board of Trustees met with the IAIA community over lunch in the CLE Commons to hold an open discussion with the campus. They shared their personal stories and answered questions from the assembled. This was a very powerful event and will be repeated during future meetings. To learn more about the IAIA Board of Trustees, click here .
Native American Heritage Month
The second annual Native American Heritage activities were celebrated throughout the month of November on the IAIA campus. This year’s committee members included: Bert Candelaria (Pueblo de Cochiti), Stephanie Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo), Grace Nuvayestewa (Hopi), Karen Gomez (Laguna Pueblo), Teresa K. Quintana (Kiowa), Delight Talawepi (Hopi), Loren Arkie (Laguna Pueblo), and Charlene Carr (Laguna Pueblo) plus three new members-- Dal’Suhu Not– Afraid – K.I.V.A Club, IAIA Ambassador Bryson Meyers (Chippewa-Cree/Dakota/Lakota), and Dean Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone).

Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) kicked off events at the October 31th community gathering by providing the opening “We are in many ways a united nations that are represented in our student body, and we want to share those values, stories, songs and celebrations of our history.” Dean Teters went on to acknowledge the importance of native identity, “We celebrate that we are here, and share those things that are central to our cultural identity, we welcome new information and celebrate and acknowledge the contributions that native people contributed to that larger community. If you need inspiration look to your own history, because we have many heroes and sheroes amongst our own people.”

IAIA’s students, staff and faculty celebrated throughout the month of November. IAIA members participated in Rock Your Mocs ; watched a film on the throw, participated in the Learning Art from the Past; watched Open House dances provided by K.I.V.A. club and Family of Youth ; students participated in the demo throw and the main IAIA student throw ; the IAIA community participated in the first IAIA Feast Day , students took part in the first IAIA hand game tournamen t, and ended festivities with the Rock Your Mocs walk.

IAIA’s first Feast Day was held on November 16th at the IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Center. While performers filled the IAIA gym with deer, Hopi Comanche, buffalo, butterfliers, throw away, and green corn songs and dances. Participants were also invited to share in a potluck of stews, bread, and sides made by the NAH committee and K.I.V.A. students; Indian Tea grown from the IAIA gardens was also served. A beautiful custom of song, dance and food was shared by local Pueblo community members with the IAIA community.

IAIA also hosted our first Hand Game Tournament on November 17th. A total of four teams competed; three student teams were from Tribal Colleges, Navajo Technical University (NTU), Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), and IAIA . The fourth team included students from the University of New Mexico . The first annual IAIA Hand Game Tournament was successful in engaging the southwest colleges with IAIA taking third place, NTU taking second place and SIPI taking first place. Coordinators also provided team awards for the furthest traveled NTU, best dressers SIPI, and individual awards for best guesser and hider.

Our customs and values that we live by is our connection to our history, ancestors, and teachings. At IAIA we celebrate our diversity and we share who we are as a people with those around us. Thanks, Da wai eh’, is given to all those who gave and participated in these events that enrich our lives with culture and the values of sharing and giving this November 2018.

Charlene Carr (Laguna Pueblo)

Open Studios

On Thursday November, 15th, our four Artist-in-Residence artists Kenneth Johnson (Musogee Creek/Seminole), Tahnibaá Naataanii  (Navajo) , Adrian Wall  (Jemez Pueblo), and Melanie T. Sainz (Ho-Chunk), held Open Studios for the campus and local communities . https://iaia.edu/event/iaia-a-i-r-sainz-wall-naataanii-johnson-open-studios/
Event Sponsorship-Pueblo Film Fest &
NM Film & Media Industry Conference

IAIA sponsored two new events this year: The New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference and The 5th Annual Pueblo Film Fest . Both events were great successes for the school.
IAIA Holiday Art Market
The 2018 IAIA Holiday Market will take place on December 15, from 9:00am – 4:00pm on the IAIA Campus in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and Painting Studios . 90 artists will be selling their works. Stop by and pick up some gifts for those on your list!

IAIA Senior Exhibition
Holiday Happenings at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Holiday Sale and Talk + Performance Weekend
December 8-9, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12noon-5pm
MoCNA Store

Holiday shopping all weekend long at the museum store, offering discounts on the finest American Indian artwork. Museum members receive 20% off store purchases . Nonmembers receive 10% off store purchases. (Consignment and sale items not applicable for discount). Complimentary gift-wrapping, refreshments, and more!
This event is free to the public.

This event is free to the public.

If you aren’t a member, now is the time!

For more information: Please contact Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), Membership + Program Manager 505.428.5907 or email at  ahanley@iaia.edu

Photo by Jennifer Esperanza
New Exhibition at IAIA Museum Store
Alumna and former Adjunct Professor Moira Garcia ‘13, has a solo exhibition of mixed media lithographs of the Tonalpohualli (Mesoamerican calendar) on view at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery. The show's reception, artist talk, and pop-up show will be on December 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The exhibit will run until January 31, 2019.

For more information click here .
Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.

Angie Trudell ’17 and Millie Kingbird (Anishinaabe/Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)  ’16 have been named guest editors for the Spring 2019 issue of Yellow Medicine Review .
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 call James Rutherford at (505) 424-2310.
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

IAIA Alumni in SFAI Exhibition Story Maps

IAIA Performing Arts Students
Megan Harris, Jazmin Novak (Navajo Nation) and R.B. Pablo (Navajo Nation)
Some Highlights from Halloween on the IAIA Campus

Richard Gablick Passes
It’s with a sad heart that I inform you of the recent passing of Richard Gablick, former IAIA Housing staff who worked the night shift in the residence hall. Richard was employed as a Housing Area Coordinator in August 2012 and resigned from IAIA in May 2018. He was also a non-degree student for a couple of semesters in 2013 and 2017. His family would like to have a memorial service on-campus for Richard and as I learn more details I will keep the community informed. His kind and creative spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Please keep his family in your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone)

Post Script: A Memorial Prayer Circle was held on campus at the Hogan in memory of Richard Gablick on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:00 am. 
Shan Goshorn Walks On
The contemporary art world lost an important artist over the weekend to cancer and many people lost a good friend.  Shan Goshorn was an exceptional person deeply loved by many.  Shan was an Eastern Band Cherokee artist, who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her multi-media artwork expresses human rights issues , especially those that affect Native American people today. Goshorn used different media to convey her message, including woven paper baskets, silversmithing, painting, and photography. She is best known for her baskets with Cherokee designs woven with archival paper reproductions of documents, maps, treaties, photographs and other materials that convey both the challenges and triumphs that Native Americans have experienced in the past and are still experiencing today. To learn more about Shan and her important work, please visit her website

On a personal note, I’ve known Shan my entire career from my early days at Atlatl where she served on the national board in the mid-1990s. She has consistently been a kind, thoughtful and loving person to me and to everyone she meets. I have never met a person who didn’t love her for who she is as an individual and as an artist.

Shan’s services are tentatively scheduled for December 29th in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Patsy Phillips (Cherokee)
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Wed, December 5, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Wed, December 5, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Sat, December 8, 1:30 pm–4:00 pm

Sat, December 15, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Mon, January 1, 2018–Sat, August 10, 2019

View Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

June 4–October 29, 2018

August 16, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 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
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