“IAIA is a community of artists and activists that understand the complexity of Indigenous knowledge systems and has helped me find my voice in that conversation.”

Melissa Shaginoff

(Chickaloon Village/Pyramid Lake)

“It was the hands-on classes, supportive staff, internships, and gallery preparation experiences that were most beneficial to me. After I graduate, I plan to use my knowledge and experience within my community and career.”

Tazbah Gaussoin

(Picuris Pueblo/Navajo)

“IAIA gave me the tools to further expand my artistry and talents and I give praise and appreciation to the Institute for all it has offered to me.”

George Alexander

(Muscogee Creek)


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List of Events

IAIA 2021 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition “A Retrospective of Change”

Fri, April 23, 2021Wed, January 1, 2025

A Retrospective of Change, the IAIA 2021 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition, is available to view virtually.

Lyndon Jeffery Kahmakoatayo “Jeff Kahm”: In Loving Memory

Mon, May 3Wed, December 1

This exhibition honors the art of esteemed IAIA Alumnus and Associate Professor Lyndon Jeffery Kahmakoatayo “Jeff Kahm” (Plains Cree, 1968–2021).

Lindy Vision, photography by Cougar Vigil

Santa Fe Plaza Concert Series’ Native Showcase

Mon, August 16, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

IAIA is sponsoring a show for the Santa Fe Plaza Concert Series titled Native Showcase which features local Indigenous bands Lindy Vision and Sihasin.

Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology—Opening Reception

Fri, August 20, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Visit the Museum in-person as we celebrate the opening of Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology on Friday, August 20, 5–7pm

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2021 Summer MFASA Residency

2021 Summer MFASA Residency

Beyond an Indigenous Avant-Garde is the theme for the inaugural MFA in Studio Arts (MFASA) Summer Residency to be held virtually between July 18–23, 2021.

2021–2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

2021–2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

We have designed a quick and easy form to enter and submit your proof of full vaccination or exemption. The deadline for submitting your full vaccination information or exemption is Friday, August 13, 2021, at 5 pm.

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There are two options for housing at IAIA—the Residence Center and our Family Housing apartments. Each area is accessible to students with disabilities.