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“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)

Upcoming Events

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List of Events

Art by Scarlett Cortez ’19

IAIA 2019 Holiday Art Market

Sat, December 14, 9:00 am4:00 pm

Our Annual IAIA Holiday Art Market grows every year with the support of artists and art-enthusiasts alike. The mix of students, alumni, and other artists have made this market truly unique with their original works.

G. Peter Jemison: Iroquois Creation Story—Reception

Thu, February 13, 2020, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

This exhibition features colored pencil drawings and 3-D works by renowned contemporary Native artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) created in preparation for his film Iroquois Creation Story.

IAIA Shadow Program

Sun, February 16, 2020Mon, February 17, 2020

High School seniors who are interested in art-related college majors will be able to shadow a current IAIA student for a two-day overnight program. Selected participants will be matched with an IAIA student.

Latest News

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2019 Alumni Council Election

The Alumni Council will hold elections in November for three open seats. The Alumni Council is the principal representative of IAIA alumni and the primary forum for the exchange of alumni sentiment. The Council consists of 7 members who serve two-year terms. The Council meets four times a year with Councilors attending either by conference call or in person.

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2019 IAIA Website Survey

We’re conducting a survey about the website—its functionality, ability to find pertinent information, and its ease of use, whether it be in its navigational components or how it performs and looks on mobile or desktops systems. Won’t you assist us by providing valuable feedback and submit an anonymous survey?

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IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume IV, July 2019

This fourth issue of the IAIA MFA Quarterly, to be published four times a year, highlights the publications and writing-related news from our MFA community. Read more to find out how the IAIA MFA students and alumni are transforming the literary landscape.

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IAIA Summer Readers Gathering

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program presents the 2019 Summer Readers Gathering—July 20–27, 2019. Readings will take place each night beginning at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus. All readings are free and open to the public.

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IAIA 2019–2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Application

IAIA was established in 1962 as a high school with an innovated approach to arts education. In 1984, IAIA gained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and North Central Association of College of Art and Design (NASAD) to offer college degrees. IAIA currently serves over 629 students from various national and international communities.

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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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