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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

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.

IAIA A-i-R: Craig, Brigman, and Worl—Open Studios

Thu, April 25, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Jordan Ann Craig, Rico Lanáat’ Worl, and Shawn Brigman in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

Tearing Down Walls: Voices from the Middle East and Santa Fe

Fri, May 3, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

The one-hour performance of Tearing Down Walls: Voices from the Middle East and Santa Fe is followed by a talkback with the actors and director exploring issues relevant to both the Middle East and New Mexico.

IAIA MusicFest

Sat, May 4, 10:00 am6:00 pm

The Third Annual IAIA MusicFest includes various performers and it will be held in the dance circle. This is an all ages show, open to the public, and free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted—rain or shine.

2019 IAIA Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading: Scribo Ergo Sum

Sat, May 4, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Graduating seniors Debbie Haddow, Damien Moore (Navajo), Chelsea Napper, and Matthew Robeck will be reading from original works in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

IAIA Alumni Appreciation Dinner

Fri, May 10, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

IAIA Alumni are the foundation of IAIA. Alumni Relations and the Alumni Council invite alumni to be our dinner guests on the second Friday in May.

IAIA Portfolio Day

Sat, May 11, 10:00 am2:00 pm

IAIA Portfolio Day is a first step to exploring art school opportunities or a perfect way for prospective students to introduce themselves and their work to the Institute of American Indian Arts.

IAIA 2019 Spring Powwow

Sat, May 11, 10:00 am7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) presents its 2019 Spring Powwow on Saturday, May 11, 2018, from 10 am–7 pm. Cash prizes available.

2019 IAIA Commencement Ceremony

Sat, May 18, 11:00 am1:00 pm

Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) has been selected to give IAIA’s commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 18, 2019, and in addition to delivering the commencement address, Swentzell will also be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree during the ceremony.

2019 IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction

Wed, August 14, 5:30 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.

Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium

Fri, September 20

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.

Latest News

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IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume III, April 2019

This third 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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2019 AIHEC Winners

18 IAIA Students and several staff and faculty traveled to Billing, Montana, to compete at the 2019 American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Conference, March 16–19.

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MoCNA Celebrates Women’s History Month

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 2018.

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2019 Spring Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Scholarship recipients, family, donors, staff, faculty, and invited guests attended a lunch catered by Bon Appétit to recognize scholarship recipients—totaling 379 students—$562,348 in awards.

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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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