“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)


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List of Events

IAIA 2021 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition “Reemergence 2021”

Wed, November 10Fri, December 10

Reemergence 2021, IAIA’s first in-person senior exhibition since 2019, opens on November 10.

Somebody’s Daughter movie poster

“Somebody’s Daughter (1492–Now)” and “Say Her Name”

Fri, December 3, 3:00 pm7:00 pm

Please join us for the film screening of Somebody’s Daughter (1492–Now) and Say Her Name.

Jazmin Novak (Diné), Be Still, 2021, Bronze, 4.5 x 4.5 x 11 in., photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, IAIA

“We Went Wild”—Panel Discussion

Tue, December 7, 4:00 pm5:00 pm

We Went Wild is an exhibition of emerging students in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) BFA programs.

MoCNA Literary Session with “Exposure” Artists

Thu, December 16, 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Please join MoCNA for a poetry reading featuring current Exposure artists Dan Taulapapa McMullin (Samoan) and No’u Revilla (Kanaka Maoli) as Mā'ohi author and activist Chantal Spitz.

Latest News

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

NBCU Academy Scholarship

NBCU Academy Scholarship

IAIA has been selected by NBC Universal News Group to be a part of the initial cohort of institutions to participate in the launch of NBCU Academy.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, give the gift that empowers Indigenous artists and leaders for the future.

Passing of DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo

Passing of DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo

We are deeply saddened to acknowledge the loss of DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Diné, Taos Pueblo), who tragically passed away last weekend.

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.

DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo MemorialWatch