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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

IAIA Annual Open House

Wed, October 23, 2:00 pm6:00 pm

IAIA is holding its annual Open House on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm—6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments will be provided by Bon Appétit Café.

IAIA A-i-R: Neel, Jones, and Vigil—Open Studios

Wed, October 23, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Visit with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Edwin Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw), Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), and Cougar Vigil (Jicarilla Apache) on the IAIA campus for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

Art by Scarlett Cortez ’19

2019 IAIA 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.

Latest News

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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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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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