Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Journal

The IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program hosts artists for variable-length residencies taking place on the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the Academic year. Each A-i-R program provides opportunities for Native and First Nations artists to travel to the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a meaningful period of art-making and interaction with IAIA students, staff and faculty, and the Santa Fe arts community.

This journal is a forum for IAIA students to write about contemporary Native American and First Nations artists participating in the A-i-R programs.

A-i-R Journal—Orlando Dugi

Aaniin! My name is Neebinnaukzhik Southall. I am a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts. When I heard Diné fashion designer Orlando Dugi was going to be one of the artists-in-residence at IAIA for Spring 2018, I was excited to see his latest direction.

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A-i-R Journal—Micheal Two Bulls

Aaniin! My name is Neebinnaukzhik Southall. I am a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts. IAIA’s Artist-in-Residence programs bring Native artists from a range of cultures and practices to the IAIA campus, benefiting artists, students, and the wider Santa Fe community.

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Lara Evans

Lara Evans


Associate Dean
P (505) 424-2389


Lara M. Evans is an artist, scholar, curator, and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She earned her PhD in art history at the University of New Mexico in 2005, specialization within Native American art history is contemporary art. Dr. Evans joined the Museum Studies department at IAIA in 2012 after eight years as faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Since 2015, Dr. Evans has also been Program Director for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program (A-i-R), which brings 12-14 Native American artists to campus for month-long residency sessions each year. Dr. Evans’ curatorial projects at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art have included Now is the Time: Investigating Native Histories and Visions of the Future (2017) and War Department: Selections from MoCNA’s Permanent Collection (2015–2016).

About IAIA

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts.

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Creative Writing, Museum Studies and Indigenous Liberal Studies, and graduate degrees in Creative Writing, IAIA has graduated more than 3,800 students, and welcomes students from the 567 federally-recognized tribes and non-Native Americans looking to obtain a world-class arts education. In any given year, as many as 112 tribes are represented on campus, with about 20 percent of its student body non-Native American, adding to the vibrant cultural mix of IAIA’s diverse and welcoming students, faculty and staff.

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