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“There is a strong need for Native voice within museum institutions—thanks to IAIA, I believe my voice and experience can make a difference.”

Samantha Tracy ’16


“I produce paintings as a result of timekeeping. If I am not being productive artistically, I am not leaving an imprint of my existence. I enjoy the arts process immensely and IAIA has helped further my work.”

Daniel McCoy Jr. ’16

(Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band of Potawatomi)

“IAIA has helped me explore artistic mediums that have changed the way I look at the world. Through constant guidance, and exploration, I will be leaving IAIA with newfound passions that will ultimately shape my future.”

Carmen Selam ’16


Upcoming Events

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2018 Spring Semester Dates

January 1August 3

Here you will find up-to-date information about the 2018 Spring Semester. First day of class is Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

IAIA A-i-R: Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Meghann O’Brien, and Ian Kuali’i—Dinner and Studio Tours

April 26, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join the IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Ian Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. for dinner in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 5:00-5:45 pm, followed by tours of the artists’ studio spaces from 5:45-7:00 pm.

IAIA 2018 ILS Senior Project Presentations

May 2, 6:00 pm8:30 pm

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Department will be having Senior Project Presentations in the CLE Commons. The event will showcase the capstone requirements for students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies.

IAIA 2018 Spring Powwow

May 5, 10:00 am7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) presents its 2018 Spring Powwow on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 10 am–7 pm. Cash prizes are available.

IAIA 2018 Spring Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading—Tuff Gurlz

May 5, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

IAIA 2018 Spring Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading—Tuff Gurlz on Saturday, May 5, 2-4 pm at the Allan Houser Art Park at MoCNA. Graduating seniors from the IAIA BFA Creative Writing Program will be reading from their original works in poetry and fiction. The event is free and open to the public.


IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

May 7, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Rebecca Reuter, Lemanuel Loley, Ishmael Hope, Kathy Olson, Adrian Quintanar, and Eric Davis.


IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

May 8, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Trevor Duplessis, Leah Lemm, Melanie Archuleta, Dave Weiden, Austin Eichelberger, and Jake Skeets.


IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

May 9, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Readers include Dennis Staples, Andrea Rogers-Henry, Kateri Menominee, David Tromblay, Anna Osceola, and Lauren Monroe.


IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

May 10, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Arianne True, Allison Deegan, Boderra Joe, Marlena Gates, Trevino Brings Plenty, and Erin Singer.


IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

May 10, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Kate O’Neill, Rowena Alegria, Anna Osceola, Arielle Robbins, Brendan Basham, and Rose Simpson.

2018 IAIA Commencement Ceremony

May 12, 11:00 am1:00 pm

Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota Nation) ’09 has been selected to give IAIA’s commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 12, 2018, and in addition to the distinguished speaker, IAIA will award an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree to noted artist and IAIA Alumnus George Rivera (Pojoaque Pueblo) AFA ’84 as part of the Commencement Ceremony.

2018 IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction

August 15, 5:00 pm10:00 pm

IAIA continues its tradition to celebrate student imagination and achievement in the arts as we look toward hosting our most important fundraiser. Surrounded by superb Native art open to your bidding, you are invited to enjoy the rooftop reception and mingle with IAIA alumni, students, and faculty.

Latest News

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

MoCNA Celebrates Women’s History Month

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) recognizes Women’s History Month and honors contemporary Native and non-Native women artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, curators, art professionals, academics, and students who worked, exhibited, or presented at MoCNA in 2017.

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2018 Spring Scholarship Awards Night

Scholarship recipients, family, donors, and invited guests attended a dinner catered by Bon Appétit to recognize 285 scholarship recipients—totaling 530 awards—$519,773 in awards.

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IAIA 2018 ArtSpace Auction

Thank you for participating in the Institute of American Indian Arts ArtSpace online auction. The ArtSpace online auction closes March 12, 2018.

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2017–2018 MoCNA Social Engagement Art Residency

MoCNA announces its 2017–2018 first and second round of Social Engagement Arts Residents, and currently, it is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Previously, this program was funded by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

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IAIA 2018 Student of the Year Announced

Charlie Cuny (Oglala Lakota) has been selected as IAIA’s 2018 Student of the Year (an award that is sponsored by the American Indian College Fund). Cuny, a Junior, who is majoring in Studio Arts with a concentration in painting and has maintained a high academic grade point average.

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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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