Federal Tribes Represented

Credits Registered


US States Represented

“My time here at IAIA has helped me realize that art, in its varied forms, is the most important thing in my life.”

William R. Thoms

(Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation)

“IAIA has helped me open doors to my creative and artistic abilities without boundaries. After I graduate, I want to give back to my community by sharing the knowledge I had gained from IAIA.”

Kristin Kaye


“The courses offered through IAIA and the Studio Arts department have expanded my advancement as a professional artist.”

Amanda Beardsley

(Hopi, Laguna Pueblo, and Choctaw)

Upcoming Events

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List of Events

2018–2019 Academic Calendar

Mon, January 1, 2018Sat, August 10, 2019

IAIA Academic Calendars are updated on a regular basis. See the following files for up-to-date information and about past, current, and upcoming happenings.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Sat, December 8Sun, December 16

The Monks of Deprung Loseling Monastery will construct a Green Tara mandala sand painting by pouring millions of grains of colored sand over a period of nine days.

2018 IAIA Holiday Art Market

Sat, December 15, 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.

Tonalpohualli: Count of Days—Talk and Pop-up

Sun, December 16, 2:00 pm5:00 pm

The Tonalpohualli: Count of Days exhibition in the Museum Store at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) runs through January 31, 2019 with an artist talk on December 16 at 2 pm, followed by a Pop-up show until 5 pm.

Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium

Fri, September 20, 2019

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are co-sponsoring the Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium on September 20, 2019 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. This symposium honors Suzan Shown Harjo’s (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) contributions to Native arts and cultures.

Latest News

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

American Indian College Fund Featured in The New York Times™

The American Indian College Fund invests in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities. Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native student access to higher education for nearly 30 years, consistently receiving top ratings from national independent charity watchdog organizations.

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2018 Fall/Winter Alumni Magazine

The 2018 Fall/Winter Alumni Magazine is out! This is IAIA’s third Alumni Magazine. It features an inspiring story on Melissa Shaginoff (Ahtna Athabascan/Paiute) ’15 by Christine Trudeau (Prairie Band Potawatomi) ’14, as well as a story on sign language interpreter Tash Terry (Diné) ’91.

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IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume I, October 2018

This inaugural 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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2018 Fall Scholarship Awards Night

Scholarship recipients, President’s List students, Dean’s List students, family, donors, fellow students, staff, and faculty attended a reception catered by Bon Appétit to recognize 307 scholarship recipients, 38 President’s List students, 116 Dean’s List students—503 scholarship awards totaling $529,841.

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Nancy Blomberg Passes Away

It’s with heartfelt condolences that the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) shares the passing of Nancy Blomberg, the Denver Art museum’s Chief Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts.

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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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