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IAIA A-i-R: Nielsen and Pourier—Dinner and Studio Tours (Cancelled)

Thu, March 26, 2020, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

| Free

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Marlene Ann Nielsen (Yup’ik Kokhanok Tribe) and Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota) for free dinner in the Balzer Gallery in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 5:00-5:45 pm, followed by tours of the artists’ studio spaces from 5:45-7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

Marlene Ann Nielsen

Marlene Ann Nielsen

Marlene Ann Nielsen

March 20–April 18, 2020

Marlene Ann Nielsen (Yup’ik Kokhanok Tribe) is from Kokhanok, Alaska, located on the south shore of Lake Iliamna. This is the largest lake in Alaska and contains several species of fish that spawn yearly. From a young age she has helped to preserve, smoke, and salt sockeye salmon for winter use. Nielsen is self-taught in the art of making baskets, wallets, and jewelry with sockeye salmon skin. She experienced (trial and error) on learning how to preserve fish skin. Salmon skin art was seen as a lost skill in her area which inspired her to reintroduce the rare technique by teaching students. Nielsen has been creating art with fish skin since 2002.

Kevin Pourier

Kevin Pourier

Kevin Pourier

March 20–April 29, 2020

Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota) has been carving Buffalo horn on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for 20 years. Pourier is one of the only artists in the country working in the medium of incised buffalo horn. The works he produces carry forward Lakota artistic practices for creating spoons, vessels, and other everyday items of sublime beauty from the horns of the revered animal. His carvings reveal the beauty he sees in the world around us, utilizing imagery intent on inspiring thought, growth, and creating the opportunity for education.
Pourier’s award-winning art has been collected by major museums and private collections worldwide. His work has been shown in Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, and Kansas City. He is the recent recipient of the prestigious Best of Show Award (2018) at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts show held annually at Santa Fe, NM.

Partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of any type of auxiliary aid or service to attend this event, please contact IAIA’s ADA Office at least seven calendar days prior to the event or as soon as possible at or (505) 424-5707.


Thu, March 26, 2020
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program
(505) 424-2369


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508 United States
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(505) 428-5813