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“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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IAIA Annual Open House and Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 9, 2:00 pm6:00 pm

You are invited to explore the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus and programs during our annual open house. Learn more about our exciting opportunities, meet students, faculty, and staff. IAIA Campus Map (click on image to see larger version) The day’s events will feature a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Building at 4:00 pm, hosted by KOAT’s Royale Dá, and will include several celebrity guests and speakers. Additionally, Honey…


IAIA Superhero Antihero Exhibition

October 20November 2

Superhero Antihero is the title of the upcoming exhibition at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Depending on the point of view, what may be a hero to some, may be an antihero to others. IAIA Students, Staff, an Faculty’s artwork from the Superhero Antihero exhibition will be on display from October 20 through November 2, 2016. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 20, 5-7 pm. Light food and refreshments provided, a live DJ delivering soundscapes, plus we…


Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation

October 27October 28

Join the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in a two-day symposium as we present, discuss, and reflect upon the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee). Talented art-historians, educators, and curators will engage in a wide-array of interdisciplinary discussions surrounding the contemporary Native Art Movement, art education, and other issues surrounding Native American art. Register for the Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation today. Admission Fees Non-Student: $75 for both days or $40 per day Non-IAIA Student:…


IAIA Food Day (Food Sharing Theme)

October 27, 11:00 am12:00 pm

More information about this event will be forthcoming, check back soon.


The MoCNA Reader—Monkey Beach

October 28, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) tri-monthly book club, The MoCNA Reader. Inspired by our exhibition, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain—A Retrospective Exhibition, when we take up Monkey Beach by First Nations writer and IAIA MFA fiction mentor Eden Robinson. Monkey Beach is filled with details of Haisla culture and wildlife that surround the village of Kitamaat, Haisla Nation, which sits at the head of the Douglas Channel in British Columbia, Canada. Sasquatch or B’gwus…


IAIA MFA Library Readings—Kyce Bello, Ira Huff, and Jennifer Love

November 1, 4:00 pm5:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) presents readings by noted authors at 4 pm in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus. For questions regarding the MFA Library Readings, please contact IAIA Library Director Valerie Nye at (505) 424-2397 or vnye@iaia.edu. Kyce Bello Kyce Bello is a first-year poetry student in the IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program. She edited The Return of the River: Writers, Scholars, and Citizens Speak on Behalf of the…


IAIA A-i-R: Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble—Farewell Reception

November 3, 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Please join us for dinner with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimbleo on Thursday, November 3, from 5-5:45 pm, and then visit the A-i-R artists’ studios to see the work they accomplished during their residency on campus. Studio visits take place at the Allan Houser Sculpture and Foundry Building and the A-i-R Studio in the Academic Building. Free and open to the public—dinner served. IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble…

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Inuit Artist Annie Pootoogook Passes Away

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) staff is saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected passing of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook. She was a deeply powerful artist who pushed the boundaries of Indigenous arts, and her work will...

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