“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 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition “A Retrospective of Change”

Fri, April 23, 2021Wed, January 1, 2025

A Retrospective of Change, the IAIA 2021 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition, is available to view virtually.

Lyndon Jeffery Kahmakoatayo “Jeff Kahm”: In Loving Memory

Mon, May 3Wed, December 1

This exhibition honors the art of esteemed IAIA Alumnus and Associate Professor Lyndon Jeffery Kahmakoatayo “Jeff Kahm” (Plains Cree, 1968–2021).

Darby Raymond-Overstreet

Darby Raymond-Overstreet: Instagram Takeover

Fri, May 14

Artist Darby Raymond-Overstreet (Diné) will be taking over MoCNA’s Instagram platform for one day to share some of her work and artistic background with us.

IAIA 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Sat, May 15, 11:00 am12:00 pm

The 2021 IAIA Commencement will be presented virtually.

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2021 Spring MFACW Thesis Residency

2021 Spring MFACW Thesis Residency

The SP21 MFACW Thesis Residency happens May 10–13, 2021. Craft talks and readings will be live streamed during the residency.

IAIA Walk to Graduation

IAIA Walk to Graduation

“Walk to Graduation” is a fundraising initiative created by the IAIA Alumni Association and Alumni Council.

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.

MoCNA’s Reopening Plan

MoCNA’s Reopening Plan

MoCNA is reopening to the public at a limited capacity as per the Governor’s approval.

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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.