Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery

The Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, formerly the Primitive Edge Gallery, is a beautiful gallery on the IAIA campus, which grew from humble beginnings. In January 2004 the Library and Technology Center (LTC) opened on the IAIA campus and the library moved from its original site to its permanent location. After the move, the space lay, for the most part, dormant. At times, various classrooms would utilize the space for critiques but it was space that had no permanent purpose.

Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery

Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery

By August 2004 exhibitions were beginning to formulate. The first exhibition was constructed by a group of Maori exchange students and faculty, in collaboration with IAIA Museums Studies Faculty. By December 2004 the space was solidified as the campus gallery. Pedestals were donated by the IAIA Museum and by August of 2005 track lighting had been installed and a false wall installed to create space for gallery storage. At the same time, a call went out to students to develop a name the student gallery. IAIA Alumnus Cory Garcia was the winning candidate. The Primitive Edge Gallery was named—and thrived despite being small in square footage.

In 2014, a generous donation was made by JoAnn and Bob Balzer to renovate the existing gallery space. During the summer of 2014 renovations included 600 sq. ft. of additional gallery space, a larger exhibit preparation lab, new gallery floor, and additional track lighting. Due to the Balzer’s generosity, the gallery was renamed in their honor.

In staying true to its original mission, the gallery doubles as a teaching space for IAIA students to learn all things related to exhibition practice and a space to showcase the artistic nature of the IAIA community.

The Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery is located at the North end of the Academic Building on the beautiful IAIA Campus. Free parking is available for the gallery. During exhibitions the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am–4:30 pm.

Upcoming Happenings

List of Events

2019 Art Rush

Tue, August 27, 12:00 pm8:00 pm

Kick off the school year with a BBQ, listen to music, and make art. Art Rush is an annual IAIA community event hosted in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. IAIA students, alumni, faculty, staff, and their families, are invited to join.


Past Happenings

List of Events

IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition

Fri, April 19, 5:30 pm8:00 pm

In April, seventeen seniors from the Studio Arts and Museum Studies programs will present their senior projects in the IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition.

IAIA 2018 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition—Opening Reception

Fri, November 16, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

In November, eleven seniors from the Studio Arts and Museum Studies programs will present their senior projects in the IAIA 2018 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition.

IAIA 2018 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition

Fri, November 16, 2018Tue, December 11, 2018

In November, eleven seniors from the Studio Arts and Museum Studies programs will present their senior projects in the IAIA 2018 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition.

IAIA 2018 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition “Semblance”—Opening Reception

Fri, April 13, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

In April, ten seniors from the Studio Arts BFA degree program will present their senior projects in “Semblance”—IAIA 2018 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition. The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts seniors.

IAIA 2018 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition “Semblance”

Fri, April 13, 2018Sat, May 12, 2018

In April, ten seniors from the Studio Arts BFA degree program will present their senior projects in “Semblance”—IAIA 2018 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition. The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts seniors.

IAIA 2017 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition—Opening Reception

Fri, November 17, 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Senior exhibitions located at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery. Exhibitions will be on display from November 17–December 5, 2017. Free and open to the public—refreshments served during the opening reception.

IAIA 2017 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition

Fri, November 17, 2017Tue, December 5, 2017

Senior exhibitions located at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery. Exhibitions will be on display from November 17–December 5, 2017. Free and open to the public—refreshments served during the opening reception on November 17, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm. The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of […]

IAIA “Wings” Exhibition—Opening Reception

Mon, October 9, 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Wings is an exhibition showcasing the artistry of IAIA staff, faculty, and students based on the mystery of winged beings through creation stories, legends, poetry, music, dance, and art.

IAIA “Wings” Exhibition

Mon, October 9, 2017Mon, November 6, 2017

Wings is an exhibition showcasing the artistry of IAIA staff, faculty, and students based on the mystery of winged beings through creation stories, legends, poetry, music, dance, and art.

2017 Art Rush

Thu, August 31, 2017, 11:00 am10:00 pm

Get your creative ideas ready! Art Rush is an annual IAIA community event hosted in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. IAIA students, alumni, faculty, staff, and their families, are invited to join in on Art Rush to create a work of art that will be displayed during the Art Rush Exhibition September 13–21, 2017.

IAIA 2017 Staff and Faculty Exhibition “Forever Young”—Closing Reception

Thu, August 24, 2017, 3:00 pm6:00 pm

Closing reception for Forever Young, an exhibition showcasing the artistry of IAIA staff and faculty based on the concepts of memory, emotion, imagination, freedom, and exploration. The works on display take the viewer backstage to get a glimpse of the artist and their process and how they work with these concepts.

IAIA 2017 Staff and Faculty Exhibition “Forever Young”

Mon, June 26, 2017Fri, August 25, 2017

Forever Young is an exhibition showcasing the artistry of IAIA staff and faculty based on the concepts of memory, emotion, imagination, freedom, and exploration. The works on display take the viewer backstage to get a glimpse of the artist and their process and how they work with these concepts.

IAIA 2017 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition—Opening Reception

Thu, April 13, 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Senior exhibitions located at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery. Exhibitions will be on display from April 13–May 13, 2017. Free and open to the public—refreshments served during the opening reception.

IAIA 2017 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition

Thu, April 13, 2017Sat, May 13, 2017

Senior exhibitions located at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery. Exhibitions will be on display from April 13–May 13, 2017. Free and open to the public—refreshments served during the opening reception on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 6 pm.

IAIA 2017 Studio Arts Showcase

Fri, March 3, 2017Wed, March 22, 2017

Elements of Art and Principles of Design brings together a cross section of work from the IAIA Studio Arts foundations program. The classes from which this show was curated are where Studio Arts students gain the foundational knowledge and skills upon which they can build a successful art practice. Comprised of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital […]

2016 IAIA Holiday Art Market

Sat, December 10, 2016, 9:00 am4:00 pm

The 2016 IAIA Holiday Art Market will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 9 am–4 pm at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). The market will feature works of art by over 60 artists including: “Piikani Lodge Near Rockies” by Terran Kipp Last Gun ’16 (Piikani) Ron Martinez Looking Elk ’90 (Isleta […]

IAIA 2016 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition—Opening Reception

Fri, November 18, 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Senior exhibitions located at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery. Exhibitions will be on display from November 18–December 7, 2016. Free and open to the public—refreshments served. The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, […]

IAIA 2016 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition

Fri, November 18, 2016Wed, December 7, 2016

Senior exhibitions located at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery and the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery. Exhibitions will be on display from November 18–December 7, 2016. The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, the seniors develop exhibitions and work closely […]

IAIA Superhero Antihero Exhibition—Opening Reception

Thu, October 20, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

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, […]

IAIA Superhero Antihero Exhibition

Thu, October 20, 2016Wed, November 2, 2016

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, […]

IAIA A-i-R: Jason Garcia, Gerry Quotskuyva, and Luke Parnell—Opening Reception

Thu, September 8, 2016, 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Jason Garcia (Okuu Pín-Turtle Mountain), Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi), and Luke Parnell (Nisga’a and Haida Nations). A complimentary dinner will be served in the Academic Building from 5–5:45 pm, followed by studio tours in the artists’s studios. Jason Garcia Jason Garcia Jason Garcia (Okuu Pín-Turtle Mountain) uses […]

2016 Art Rush Exhibition—Opening

Thu, September 8, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

136 paintings were created during the ten-hour Art Rush event on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Music was provided by DJ Ben Calabaza and Dj FXTRO throughout the day while participants of all ages gathered their supplies, mingled, and created works of art. Participants were provided lunch and snacks which were sponsored by ASG, Student Life, […]

2016 Art Rush Exhibition

Thu, September 8, 2016Wed, September 28, 2016

136 paintings were created during the ten-hour Art Rush event on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Music was provided by DJ Ben Calabaza and Dj FXTRO throughout the day while participants of all ages gathered their supplies, mingled, and created works of art. Participants were provided lunch and snacks which were sponsored by ASG, Student Life, […]

2016 Art Rush Event

Wed, August 24, 2016, 12:00 pm10:00 pm

Get your creative ideas ready! Art Rush is an annual Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) community event hosted in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. IAIA students, alumni, faculty, staff, and their families, are invited to join in on Art Rush to create a work of art that will be displayed during the Art Rush […]

IAIA 2016 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition—Opening Reception

Fri, April 22, 2016, 5:30 pm7:30 pm

The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, the seniors develop final exhibitions and work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students, to realize their artistic visions. IAIA Seniors Amanda Beardsley (Hopi, Laguna Pueblo, and Choctaw) Terrance Clifford (Lakota, Cheyenne […]

IAIA 2016 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition

Fri, April 22, 2016Sat, May 14, 2016

The senior graduating exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, the seniors develop final exhibitions and work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students, to realize their artistic visions. IAIA Seniors Amanda Beardsley (Hopi, Laguna Pueblo, and Choctaw) Terrance Clifford (Lakota, Cheyenne […]

IAIA 2016 Spring Senior Thesis Exhibition: “Transforming Landscapes”—Closing Reception

Fri, April 1, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

IAIA Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, curated by Terran Kipp Last Gun (Piikani), BFA Museum Studies. Terran Kipp Last Gun (Piikani) Often, for people, both personal and cultural narratives and the surrounding landscape run parallel to, and are interconnected with, the past, present and future. Throughout human existence, landscapes have been […]

IAIA 2016 Spring Senior Thesis Exhibition—“Transforming Landscapes”

Thu, March 10, 2016Fri, April 1, 2016

IAIA Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, curated by Terran Kipp Last Gun (Piikani), BFA Museum Studies. Often, for people, both personal and cultural narratives and the surrounding landscape run parallel to, and are interconnected with, the past, present and future. Throughout human existence, landscapes have been constantly changing and transforming for […]

IAIA 2015 Fall Graduating Senior Exhibition—Opening Reception

Fri, November 20, 2015, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

The Senior Graduating Exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, the seniors develop final exhibitions and work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students, to realize their artistic visions. IAIA Seniors George Alexander (Muscogee Creek) Melissa Shaginoff (Chickaloon Village/Pyramid Lake) Tazbah Gaussoin […]

IAIA 2015 Fall Graduating Senior Exhibition

Fri, November 20, 2015Tue, December 8, 2015

The Senior Graduating Exhibition showcases the final projects of studio arts and museum studies seniors. In their final semester, the seniors develop final exhibitions and work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty and students, to realize their artistic visions. IAIA Seniors George Alexander (Muscogee Creek) Melissa Shaginoff (Chickaloon Village/Pyramid Lake) Tazbah Gaussoin […]

IAIA 2016 Art Rush

Fri, August 28, 2015, 12:00 pm10:00 pm

Art Rush is an annual IAIA community event hosted by the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families are invited to join in on this event to create a masterpiece that will be displayed during the Art Rush Exhibit. Art Rush is a community-building event where all those who are affiliated […]

IAIA 2015 Staff and Faculty Exhibition “em‘a‘nate”—Opening Reception

Thu, February 26, 2015, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Em’a’nate offers a glimpse into the artistic talents of IAIA’s astounding staff and faculty. Curated by IAIA Students Angelica Gallegos and Keena Numkena, this exhibition honors and highlights the artistic nature of leading artists and individuals who work diligently with IAIA students to provide quality education. Participating Staff and Faculty Alex Shapiro, Director of Institutional […]

IAIA 2015 Staff and Faculty Exhibition “em‘a‘nate”

Thu, February 26, 2015Thu, March 26, 2015

Em’a’nate offers a glimpse into the artistic talents of IAIA’s astounding staff and faculty. Curated by IAIA Students Angelica Gallegos and Keena Numkena, this exhibition honors and highlights the artistic nature of leading artists and individuals who work diligently with IAIA students to provide quality education. Participating Staff and Faculty Alex Shapiro, Director of Institutional […]

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