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“There is no other experience like being at a tribal art school—being amongst your peers, being taught by people who are from your heritage.”

Alica J. Mteuzi

(Caddo Nation, Cheyenne-Arapaho)

“IAIA has really pushed me further to keep enduring in my art. We’re all just one big family. We all support each other.”

Derrell Lopez


“The IAIA Community—faculty, staff, peers—were really supportive. But I have to say that the Learning Lab tutors were instrumental. The tutors were good listeners, and they helped me—daily. ”

Nami Okuzono ’16









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IAIA A-i-R: Beams, Patton, Pruitt, and Riley—Open Studio

Tue, November 29, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA A-i-R artists David Beams (Choctaw), Mikayla Patton (Oglala Lakota), Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo and Chiricahua Apache), and Anne Riley (Fort Nelson First Nation) for an open studio tour.

Holiday Art Market design by IAIA Student Tiara Yazzie (Diné) ’22

IAIA’s Holiday Art Market and SFCC’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

Sat, December 10, 9:00 am4:00 pm

Over one hundred of the finest artists and craftspeople from across New Mexico will be setting up shop at IAIA and SFCC.

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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.

IAIA Making History Symposium

IAIA Making History Symposium

Join the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) for the Making History Symposium, a day-long symposium about the history of IAIA.