2019 MoCNA Social Engagement Art Residents Announced

Jul 2, 2019

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) announces its 2019 next round of Social Engagement Arts Residents—Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner and Marie Watt—who will be coming to Santa Fe in July 2019. The residency, currently funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, will bring in two more residents later in 2019. Previously, this program was funded by NMAI. Both partnerships have offered flexibility to mold a program based on Native artists’s leadership, and support MoCNA’s goals of activating contemporary Native artists’s capacity, community building, and the Native American Fine Art Movement.


July 11, 12–4 pmDa-Ka-Xeen-Mehner401 Grant Ave #365, Santa Fe, NM 87501
July 12, 1–4 pmDa-Ka-Xeen-MehnerState Road 68 #blg 854 , Alcalde, NM 87511
July 13, 12–4 pmDa-Ka-Xeen-MehnerCathedral Park, Santa Fe NM 87501
July 14, 12–4 pmDa-Ka-Xeen-MehnerPlaza, Santa Fe NM 87501
July 15, 12–4 pmDa-Ka-Xeen-MehnerTBA
July 16, 4:30–7:30pmMarie Watt1590 Pacheco St, Santa Fe NM, 87505
July 17, 4:30–7:30pmMarie Watt1415 W Alameda St, Santa Fe NM 87501

For more information, please contact MoCNA Membership and Program Manager Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) at (505) 428-5907 or ahanley@iaia.edu.

“We are delighted that MoCNA’s Social Engagement Art residency has been awarded $50,000 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This grant recognizes the impact and significance of this program and allows us to continue to extend our reach to Native artists and to the field of contemporary art.”
Patsy Phillips

MoCNA Director



Da-Ka-Xeen-Mehner (Tlingit) is a multimedia artist that roots his work in the Tlingit artistic tradition. His work stems from an examination of a multicultural heritage and social expectations and definitions. In particular his work focuses on the constructs of Native American identity, and an attempt to define “self” outside these constructs. Mehner has received a number of awards including a 2015 United States Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, and 2014 Native Arts and Culture Foundation Artist Fellowship. Mehner is currently the Director of the Native Art Center and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Marie Watt

Marie Watt

Marie Watt (Seneca Nation) is a contemporary installation and fiber artist. Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois proto-feminism, and Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory. Blankets, one of her primary materials, are everyday objects that can carry extraordinary histories of use. Selected collections include the National Gallery of Canada, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery of American Art, The Albright-Knox Gallery, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Facebook, The Seattle Art Museum; and The United States Library of Congress.

For more information please contact MoCNA Membership and Program Manager Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) at (505) 428-5907 or ahanley@iaia.edu.