eNewsletter | September/October 2020
Studio Arts MFA!
Virtual Open House
Dear IAIA Community,

As many of you know, IAIA normally schedules an Open House during the fall semester in which we invite the general public to visit our campus for guided tours, open classrooms and studios with demonstrations, film screenings, a bronze pour, etc. The open houses provide an opportunity for the general public to visit our campus and discover more about our mission and programs as well as showcasing the talents of our creative faculty, staff, and students. Of course, since our campus is currently closed to visitors, it is impossible to schedule a regular open house. 

After consulting with Eric Davis, Marketing and Communications Director, and receiving input and recommendations from the President’s Advisory Council, however, we have decided to schedule a virtual open house during the third week of November -- November 16-20. We are determined that the virus will not preclude us from sharing with others, both near and far, the beauty and creativity present on our campus and at the museum.   

Thank you for your support.

Robert Martin, Ed.D.
(Cherokee Nation)
Virtual Holiday Market

Gifts made Exclusively by IAIA Artists
Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni
November 16th throughout the Holidays.
Due to COVID-19 We want to keep our community safe, while promoting the Art of our IAIA Community for the Holiday Season.

Watch for link soon!
Native American Heritage Month at IAIA
Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) '68 in the News
IAIA Sponsors
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Indigenous Film Program
Amber Morningstar Byars (Oklahoma Choctaw) '18
"Why I Vote"

IAIA Partners With Amazon Smile

A reminder to the IAIA Community - Purchasing your holiday gifts and other items 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.

Ramona Emerson 
(Diné) ’15 on Panel with
Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna/Jemez Pueblo)

IAIA President
Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) Recent Meetings and Town Hall Conversations

Charlene Teters (Spokane) in the
Santa Fe Reporter

Teters in the Albuquerque Journal

Official Launch: MoCNA Virtual Museum

We officially launched our virtual museum 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.

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.

Making History features poetry by Alex Jacobs (Mohawk) and Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama), and original essays by David Wade Chambers, Charles A. Dailey, Lara M. Evans (Cherokee), Stephen C. Fadden (Mohawk), Ryan S. Flahive, Suzanne Newman Fricke, Alex Jacobs (Mohawk), Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Hopi/Choctaw), Robert Martin (Cherokee), Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache), Patsy Phillips (Cherokee), John Paul Rangel (Mestizo, Apache, Navajo, Spanish descent), Jessie Ryker-Crawford (White Earth Chippewa), and David Warren (Santa Clara Pueblo). 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.
Visit the
IAIA Online Store


Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota) '09 in The Phoenix

Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) '16 in Online Show

Crystal Worl (Tlingit) ’13 Designs Wells Fargo Visa Card

Worl for Sealaska Heritage

Luger, Ken Johnson (Muscogee/Seminole)
speak at NSU Center for Tribal Studies

Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi / Konkow / Nissan) Named Vice Chairwoman of Chemhuevi Tribe

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05 Receives NDN Collective’s Radical Imagination Grant

Romero in Nonprofit Quarterly

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.
Many From IAIA MFA CW Program in New York Public Library List of Indigenous Writers Recommended Reads

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 Sandra Narvaez, Advancement Services Manager,
505.424.2310, or sandra.narvaez@iaia.edu.
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Halloween 2020 - The Cat In The Hat Came Back
Please join me in welcoming MoCNA’s new Museum Collections Registrar, Katherine Barry!
Ms. Barry, also known as Katie, comes to IAIA from the Stark Museum of Art in Southeast Texas. In her five years at the Stark, she was responsible for tracking and caring for objects in the art collection, maintaining physical and digital records for each object, and managing loans. Originally from Pendleton, Oregon, Katie previously served as an Anne Ray Intern at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, and as an analyst, archival project contractor, and research library aid for Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She holds a BA in History and Anthropology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Katie says she is “thrilled to join the IAIA staff and looks forward to collaborating with the rest of the team to advance awareness and scholarship of contemporary Native American art.” We are equally as happy to have her join our team.
Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation)
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Mon, November 2–Mon, November 30

Sun, November 15–Fri, November 20

MoCNA Exhibitions

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Thu, February 13–Sun, January 3, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, March 28, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, 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 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

Contributing editor:
Nicole Lawe (Karuk)
IAIA Radio Show - Currently On Hold Due to COVID-19
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