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For Immediate Release 


   Eric Davis,  Marketing & Communications Director
                505.424.2351, or


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

"Contemporary Studios For a 

Contemporary Native Arts Program"  

 Studios in Academic Building to be  

Updated and Modernized 

SANTA FE: February 5, 2018. IAIA recently unveiled plans for a new initiative: "Contemporary Studios for a Contemporary Native Arts Program." It has been launched to provide for upgrading and modernizing the Academic Building and the studios contained therein. The Academic Building, one of the oldest buildings on IAIA's Rancho Viejo campus, was dedicated in June of 2000.  It houses what continues to be the core curriculum of the school: studios for ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, and print-making; along with faculty offices, Artist-in-Residence studios, classrooms, and the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, which hosts exhibitions of student, staff, and faculty artworks.
IAIA moved to their current campus in 2000, from temporary residence at the College of Santa Fe (now the Santa Fe University of Art and Design) after originally being established on the grounds of the Santa Fe Indian School in the 60s.
Since the building's opening almost 18 years ago, various upgrades have been occurred, including increasing the size of the Balzer Gallery as part of a complete overhaul, replacing the roof, exchanging the swamp coolers with air conditioners, improving ventilation in the Ceramics Studio, installing a spray booth and sprinkler in the painting studio, improving ventilation in the Printmaking Studio, and improving ventilation and relocating the Fabrication Laboratory; but this is the first major overhaul for this structure since it opened.
Due to the age of the building, there is now a need to replace or update equipment, furniture, work stations, lighting, flooring, power distribution, etc., for the studios, classrooms, and other rooms in the building. 
Upgrades will also include new rolling worktables, shelving, a new welding table and band saws, flat-screen monitors, a new pugmill, and refinishing of flooring.  
The projected costs for the program are expected to be approximately $300,000, which will not require a capital campaign to fund.
With the construction of a number of new buildings on the IAIA Campus over the last 18 years, the campus has emerged as one of the most attractive set of academic and student facilities in the region. The Library and Technical Center, the Center for Lifelong Education, the Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology Building, the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry facility and the Residence Center have been constructed to define the academic center of campus.
With a reinvigorated curriculum and its recognized success as the foremost leader in Native American and Alaska Native artistic and cultural education, IAIA's enrollment has dramatically increased since the dedication of the campus almost 18 years ago. When the Academic Building was built, planners determined that administration and staff would be housed in the classroom/studio building until other spaces could be built on the campus. With the construction four years ago of the Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center, which now houses the admission, recruitment, marketing and communications, and administrative services in a centralized building, the Academic Building has provided additional space for IAIA students and their education. The timing is well-suited for this space to be upgraded to state-of-the-art.  
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), remarked: "This enterprise represents IAIA's commitment to the renewal of our legacy as the birthplace of contemporary Native arts and the integral role of studio arts in the emergence of a movement and a truly unique institution."
"As IAIA commemorates its 50th anniversary, we pay tribute to our illustrious history and the visionaries whose bold ideas and actions resulted in the emergence of a movement and a truly unique institution.  It was at IAIA where Native students took pride in their heritage and their artistic creativity was nurtured and encouraged to blossom. This captivating vision was the genesis of our compelling mission to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and is manifested in our more than 4,000 alumni who have achieved renowned success as artists, writers, scholars, filmmakers."  
The IAIA campus is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue, on the south side of Santa Fe.  For directions and a map of the campus, click here. 
For more information, or to interview and of the staff and faculty involved in this project, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or .
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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies -- a minor in Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 517 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

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 committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at




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