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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)


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List of Events

IAIA A-i-R: Jones and Hoover—Open Studios

Thu, February 27, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Visit with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Topaz Jones (Shoshone, Kalapuya, Molalla, Lummi) and Anna Hoover (Norwegian, Unangax̂) on the IAIA campus for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

2020 IAIA Art Competition

Fri, February 28, 4:00 pm5:30 pm

The Balzer Gallery is proud to host the annual IAIA Art Competition, a precursor to the 2020 American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s (AIHEC) annual conference, which includes a very competitive art competition

Eve Picher, Kali, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

IAIA 2020 BFA Exhibition “Resistance Through Existence”—Reception

Fri, March 6, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

The exhibition tackles a wide variety of topics ranging from the revitalization of tribal regalia and mask making to healing from traumatic events that happened as a result of European colonization.

Momentousness: Avis Charley–Reception

Fri, March 6, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

This exhibition, in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery in the Museum Store, features Avis Charley’s (Spirit Lake Tribe, Diné) new ledger art painted on antique ledger paper.

IAIA Spring Visit Day

Fri, March 13, 10:00 am2:00 pm

We invite New Mexico high school students interested in pursuing art-related programs to visit and learn about the opportunities IAIA provides in the areas of art, film, creative writing, performing arts, museum studies, and Indigenous studies.

2020 AIHEC National Basketball Tournament

Wed, March 25Sat, March 28

IAIA is hosting the AIHEC National Basketball Championship Tournament from March 25–28, 2020. Basketball teams from across the country will compete, including women‘s and men’s teams.

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2020 Alumni Council Election

2020 Alumni Council Election

The Alumni Council will hold elections in January for three open seats. The Alumni Council is the principal representative of IAIA alumni and the primary forum for the exchange of alumni sentiment.

2020 IAIA MusicFest Survey

2020 IAIA MusicFest Survey

We’re conducting a survey about MusicFest—from the time of year the event is held, the performances, and how the community feels about continuing MusicFest. Won’t you assist us by providing valuable feedback and submit an anonymous survey?

MoCNA Spring 2020 Exhibitions—Opening Reception

MoCNA Spring 2020 Exhibitions—Opening Reception

Join us on Thursday, February 13, from 4–7 pm for the MoCNA’s Spring 2020 Exhibitions opening and reception. Exhibitions include G. Peter Jemison: Iroquois Creation Story, Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future, and Charlene Teters: Way of Sorrows.

IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume V, January 2020

IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume V, January 2020

This fifth 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.

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.