“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)


View upcoming and past events from the Institute of American Indian Arts. View all Happenings

List of Events

Native American Heritage Month

Mon, November 2Mon, November 30

November is designated as Native American Heritage Month, and in honor of the many diverse, distinct, and dynamic Indigenous communities, IAIA has organized several virtual events.

Warrior Women: Virtual Screening

Mon, November 16Sun, November 29

Virtual screening of film Warrior Women, directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle, produced by Anna Marie Pitman.

IAIA 2020 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition “Virtual Reservation”

Mon, November 23, 2020Tue, January 4, 2022

Virtual Reservation, the IAIA 2020 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition is available virtually.

Latest News

The most recent news, press releases, and updates from the Institute of American Indian Arts. View all News

Earn an MFA in Studio Arts

Earn an MFA in Studio Arts

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approved the IAIA’s application to launch an MFA Program in Studio Arts.

MoCNA Virtual Museum

MoCNA Virtual Museum

The MoCNA Virtual Museum is now live. This VR space is a virtual replica of our physical museum located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

College Catalog

Information about the academic calendar, admissions, financial aid, and more.


Tuition and general information about fees.


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

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