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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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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.

Yatika Starr Fields (Osage, Cherokee and Creek), Tent Metaphor #2, 1997, Oil on canvass

Action + Activation: Art for a New Understanding—Panel Discussion

Thu, June 6, 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join us for a dynamic discussion featuring artists from MoCNA’s newest exhibition, Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Sum of Shadows—Reception

Sat, June 8, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Sum of Shadows is an investigation into the memories carried with photographic artist Arista Slater-Sandoval from her childhood into adulthood, and the hidden influences they hold. In this series, cyanotype film stills from her childhood are overlaid with contemporary images to build complex connections between past and present.

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.

Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Through video and installation art, this exhibition creates a narrative of visual sovereignty and cultural and intellectual connections with contemporary Sámi, who are Indigenous peoples from parts of Norway, Sweden, and northern Finland.

Reconciliation—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Reconciliation responds to the transformation and last year's ending of “La Entrada” as part of the Santa Fe Fiestas. Recognizing the power of art to open dialogue toward reconciliation, the exhibition will serve as an expression of “post-entrada” creativity in Santa Fe and surrounding communities.

Kristen Dorsey, What Fuels Leadership?, 2017 Series of 2 gorgets, silver, copper, black rhodiumplate, solar panel, leather, plastic, LED lights, batteries, 18 in. cord, 3.5 in. x 6 in. x 1 in.

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art presents thought provoking, experimental, and critical works by fifteen established and emerging artists whose art confirms a strong continuation of Chickasaw art practices.

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

Tuition and general information about fees.

Housing

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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