Federal Tribes Represented

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“My time here at IAIA has helped me realize that art, in its varied forms, is the most important thing in my life.”

William R. Thoms

(Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation)

“IAIA has helped me open doors to my creative and artistic abilities without boundaries. After I graduate, I want to give back to my community by sharing the knowledge I had gained from IAIA.”

Kristin Kaye


“The courses offered through IAIA and the Studio Arts department have expanded my advancement as a professional artist.”

Amanda Beardsley

(Hopi, Laguna Pueblo, and Choctaw)

Upcoming Events

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IAIA Annual Open House and Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 9, 2:00 pm6:00 pm

You are invited to explore the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus and programs during our annual open house. Learn more about our exciting opportunities, meet students, faculty, and staff. IAIA Campus Map (click on image to see larger version) The day’s events will feature a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Building at 4:00 pm, hosted by KOAT’s Royale Dá, and will include several celebrity guests and speakers. Additionally, Honey…


IAIA Superhero Antihero Exhibition

October 20November 2

Superhero Antihero is the title of the upcoming exhibition at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Depending on the point of view, what may be a hero to some, may be an antihero to others. IAIA Students, Staff, an Faculty’s artwork from the Superhero Antihero exhibition will be on display from October 20 through November 2, 2016. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 20, 5-7 pm. Light food and refreshments provided, a live DJ delivering soundscapes, plus we…


IAIA Food Day (Growing and Acquiring Theme)

October 24, 11:00 am12:00 pm

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IAIA Food Day (Preperation Theme)

October 25, 11:00 am12:00 pm

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IAIA MFA Library Readings—Anne Haven McDonnell and Kim Parko

October 25, 4:00 pm5:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) presents readings by noted authors at 4 pm in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus. For questions regarding the MFA Library Readings, please contact IAIA Library Director Valerie Nye at (505) 424-2397 or vnye@iaia.edu. Anne Haven McDonnell Anne Haven McDonnell is an associate faculty member at IAIA in the Essential Studies department. She holds an interdisciplinary MA degree in Environmental Humanities from Prescott College and she is currently enrolled…


IAIA Food Day (Culture and Health Theme)

October 26, 11:00 am12:00 pm

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Development, Implementation, and Sustainability (Day 1)

October 26, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

Instructor: Francis D. Vigil (Zia Pueblo/Jemez Pueblo/Jicarilla) In the Development, Implementation, and Sustainability of Culturally and Linguistically Native American Education Initiatives—A Step Wise Process course, participants will develop a deeper level of knowledge about Cultural-based Education and how it can be implemented into a learning environment. The following topics will be visited during the duration of the four-session course. Native Self-identity through validating and affirming life experiences Culturally responsive school culture Cultural competencies and assessments Cultural standards and historical trauma…

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Inuit Artist Annie Pootoogook Passes Away

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) staff is saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected passing of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook. She was a deeply powerful artist who pushed the boundaries of Indigenous arts, and her work will...

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