2021 Summer MFASA Residency
Beyond an Indigenous Avant-Garde is the theme for the inaugural MFA in Studio Arts (MFASA) Summer Residency to be held virtually between July 18–23. The programming for the week will include presentations by Master Artist Mentors Charlene Teters (Spokane) , Raven Chacon (Navajo), Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), Jacksons Polys (Tlingit), and Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq). Dr. Ashley Holland (Cherokee Nation), who will be teaching our art history course this year, will introduce us to her scholarly and curatorial practice.
There will also be opportunities for our incoming class to present their work and participate in critiques, seminars, lectures, and engage in writing exercises that address the current state of Indigenous arts within a global context.
Our robust programming will also include public lectures by Brett Graham (Ngāti Korokī Kahukura), Ryan! Feddersen (Colville), and Nolan Dennis. Live stream presentations will be available on this page and on IAIA’s Facebook page.
Public Presentations Schedule
|Date and Time||Presenter|
|Tues, July 20, 2:00–3:30 pm||Brett Graham|
|Wed, July 21, 2:00–3:30 pm||Ryan! Feddersen|
|Fri, July 23, 10:30 am–12:00 pm||Nolan Dennis|
Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts
For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally-acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land-Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures—and is committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of Native communities.
The launch of the Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts (MFASA) in 2021 furthers IAIA’s mission and reach, in that the program’s primary function is to create artists, mentors, leaders, and teachers through an Indigenous-focused professional-level education that fosters the importance of life-long learning and outreach.
The MFASA two-year, low residency curriculum is grounded in Indigenous cultures and reflects the history and challenges of our time. The program provides world-class contemporary arts education and empowers its students to give voice to the Indigenous experience through their art. IAIA’s MFASA department is committed to graduating successful artists whose contributions are recognized nationally and internationally within a global art context.
For more information, please contact [email protected].