Happenings

Upcoming Happenings

List of Events

Art by Scarlett Cortez ’19

IAIA 2019 Holiday Art Market

Sat, December 14, 9:00 am4:00 pm

Our Annual IAIA Holiday Art Market grows every year with the support of artists and art-enthusiasts alike. The mix of students, alumni, and other artists have made this market truly unique with their original works.

Past Happenings

List of Events

IAIA 2019 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition—Opening Reception

Thu, November 14, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Thirteen, the IAIA 2019 Fall Senior Graduating Exhibition, opens November 14 through December 10.

IAIA Feast Day

Wed, November 6, 11:00 am5:00 pm

The Second Annual IAIA Feast Day on Wed., Nov. 6, 2019 includes dances and food. Free and open to the public.

IAIA A-i-R: Neel, Jones, and Vigil—Open Studios

Wed, October 23, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Visit with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Edwin Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw), Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), and Cougar Vigil (Jicarilla Apache) on the IAIA campus for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

IAIA Annual Open House

Wed, October 23, 2:00 pm6:00 pm

IAIA is holding its annual Open House on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm—6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments will be provided by Bon Appétit Café.

IAIA A-i-R: Jones and Vigil on KSFR

Tue, October 15, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk) and Cougar Vigil (Jicarilla Apache) in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Neel, Jones, and Vigil—Dinner and Studio Tours

Thu, October 10, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Edwin Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw), Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), and Cougar Vigil (Jicarilla Apache) for free dinner followed by tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

IAIA A-i-R: Neel on KSFR

Tue, October 1, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Edwin Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw) in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Neel and Webster—Dinner and Studio Tours

Thu, September 26, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Edwin Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw) and Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation) for free dinner followed by tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium

Fri, September 20

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are co-sponsoring the Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium on September 20, 2019 at the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Where the Dead Sit Talking

Creative Writing Reading: Brandon Hobson

Thu, September 12, 3:00 pm4:30 pm

Brandon Hobson (Cherokee) reading of Where the Dead Sit Talking followed by a Q&A session in the CLE commons.

IAIA A-i-R: Garza, Neel, and Webster—Open Studios

Thu, September 12, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Visit with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists River Tikwi Garza (Tongva), Edwin Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw), and Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation) on the IAIA campus for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

2019 Fall Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Thu, September 12, 11:30 am1:00 pm

IAIA is hosting its Fall 2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in the Performing Arts and Fitness Center Gym. Scholarship recipients, family, donors, staff, faculty, and invited guests will attend a lunch catered by Bon Appétit to recognize scholarship recipients—totaling 379 students—$562,348 in awards.

IAIA A-i-R: Garza and Webster on KSFR

Tue, September 10, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists River Tikwi Garza (Tongva) and Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation) in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Garza, Neel, and Webster—Dinner and Studio Tours

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

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists River Tikwi Garza (Tongva), Edwin Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw), and Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation) for free dinner followed by tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

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.

Native Entrepreneurs and Artists—Panel Discussion

Sun, August 18, 3:30 pm4:30 pm

Native Entrepreneurship is the focus of this panel discussion between innovative and groundbreaking Native business owners.

Joy Harjo: Reading and Reception

Sun, August 18, 1:00 pm3:00 pm

MoCNA and Collected Works Bookstore are co-presenting a reading and performance by Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek Nation), the first Native American to be appointed United States Poet Laureate.

Experimental exPRESSion: Panel Discussion

Sun, August 18, 11:00 am12:00 pm

The subject of this panel is Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980 , a new exhibition curated from a print collection recently donated MoCNA.

Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series: Reconciliation Panel Discussion and Performance

Sat, August 17, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

This panel, moderated by Reconciliation guest curator and former state historian Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, discusses Pueblo and Hispano artists’ responses to the aftermath of last year’s ending of “La Entrada”.

The Blessing: Film and Dialogue

Sat, August 17, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

The Blessing is a vital piece of modern Native storytelling. The film has some of the most unique and intimate views of life today on a reservation we’ve ever seen.

Tiffany Adams Pop-Up Shop

Sat, August 17, 1:00 pm5:00 pm

Artist Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of Lake Havasu) will be featured in the IAIA Museum Store for one day only.

Painting and Driving: Axle Contemporary in Conversation with Steven Yazzie

Sat, August 17, 10:30 am11:30 am

Matthew Chase-Daniel from Axle Contemporary mobile gallery will interview Steven Yazzie (Navajo) about his Drawing and Driving performances.

Tour: Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada

Sat, August 17, 10:00 am10:30 am

Join Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), curator of Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada as she discusses this exhibition.

Gallery Session: Tour with Visual Voices Contemporary Chickasaw Artists

Sat, August 17, 9:00 am10:00 am

Join us for a gallery tour of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art artists Kristen Dorsey, Brenda Kingery, and Dustin Mater.

Live Broadcast: Santa Fe’s Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM

Sat, August 17, 9:00 am5:00 pm

Featuring giveaways and live radio all day from KSFR 101.1 FM, Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) of Indigenous Foundation, will be live from the booth.

2019 IAIA Student and Recent Graduate Art Market

Sat, August 17Sun, August 18

Visitors will be able to purchase artwork by current Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students and recent graduates at this exclusive two-day art happening at MoCNA.

Bison Star Naturals Pop–Up Shop

Sat, August 17Sun, August 18

The IAIA Museum Store is hosting a pop-shop with Bison Star Naturals. Come meet the husband and wife team Angelo and Jacquelene McHorse (Taos Pueblo).

Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980 features fifty-one recently-acquired works on paper from the Tubis Print Collection.

Kristen Dorsey, What Fuels Leadership?, 2017 Series of 2 gorgets, silver, copper, black rhodiumplate, solar panel, leather, plastic, LED lights, batteries, 18 in. cord, 3.5 in. x 6 in. x 1 in.

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art presents thought provoking, experimental, and critical works by fifteen established and emerging artists whose art confirms a strong continuation of Chickasaw art practices.

Reconciliation—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Reconciliation responds to the transformation and last year's ending of “La Entrada” as part of the Santa Fe Fiestas. Recognizing the power of art to open dialogue toward reconciliation, the exhibition will serve as an expression of “post-entrada” creativity in Santa Fe and surrounding communities.

Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Through video and installation art, this exhibition creates a narrative of visual sovereignty and cultural and intellectual connections with contemporary Sámi, who are Indigenous peoples from parts of Norway, Sweden, and northern Finland.

Mikayla Patton Pop-Up Shop

Fri, August 16, 1:00 pm7:00 pm

For one day only, the IAIA Museum Store is hosting a pop-up shop with recent IAIA Alumna Mikayla Patton (Oglala Lakota).

2019 IAIA Alumni Luncheon at Indian Market

Fri, August 16, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

This year’s IAIA Alumni luncheon during Indian Market will take place on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 12 pm at MoCNA in downtown Santa Fe.

2019 Indian Market at MoCNA (All Happenings)

Fri, August 16Sun, August 18

During the 2019 SWAIA Indian Market weekend, please visit IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) for its own special events Thursday, August 15–Sunday, August 18.

Indigo Arrows Pop-Up Shop

Fri, August 16Sun, August 18

The IAIA Museum Store is hosting an exciting pop-up shop with Native-owned home décor company Indigo Arrows (based in Manitoba, Canada).

2019 IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction

Wed, August 14, 5:30 pm10:00 pm

IAIA continues its tradition to celebrate student imagination and achievement in the arts as we look toward hosting our most important fundraiser. Surrounded by superb Native art open to your bidding, you are invited to enjoy the rooftop reception and mingle with IAIA alumni, students, and faculty.

IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Pam Houston, Chip Livingston, and Kristiana Kahakauwila

Sat, July 27, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Pam Houston, Chip Livingston, and Kristiana Kahakauwila. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Cherie Dimaline and Layli Long Soldier

Fri, July 26, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Cherie Dimaline and Layli Long Soldier. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Santee Frazier and E.C. Osondu

Thu, July 25, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Santee Frazier and E.C. Osondu. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Jennifer Elise Foerster, Brooke Swaney Pepion, and Toni Jensen

Tue, July 23, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Jennifer Elise Foerster, Brooke Swaney Pepion, and Toni Jensen. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Abigail Chabitnoy, Kimberly Blaeser, and Ken White

Mon, July 22, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Abigail Chabitnoy, Kimberly Blaeser, and Ken White. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Ramona Ausubel, Sherwin Bitsui, and Geoff Harris

Sun, July 21, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Ramona Ausubel, Sherwin Bitsui, and Geoff Harris. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Esther Belin, Derek Palacio, and Marie-Helene Bertino

Sat, July 20, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Esther Belin, Derek Palacio, and Marie-Helene Bertino. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

Sum of Shadows—Reception and Artist Talk

Sat, June 8, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Sum of Shadows is an investigation into the memories carried with photographic artist Arista Slater-Sandoval from her childhood into adulthood, and the hidden influences they hold. In this series, cyanotype film stills from her childhood are overlaid with contemporary images to build complex connections between past and present.

Yatika Starr Fields (Osage, Cherokee and Creek), Tent Metaphor #2, 1997, Oil on canvass

Action + Activation: Art for a New Understanding—Panel Discussion

Thu, June 6, 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join us for a dynamic discussion featuring artists from MoCNA’s newest exhibition, Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

2019 IAIA Commencement Ceremony

Sat, May 18, 11:00 am1:00 pm

Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) has been selected to give IAIA’s commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 18, 2019, and in addition to delivering the commencement address, Swentzell will also be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree during the ceremony.

Dwayne Wilcox, Tiffany Adams, #NoFilter Reception, and MFA Reading

Fri, May 17, 4:00 pm7:30 pm

This event includes four components—a Gallery talk with Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), a performance by Tiffany T. Adams (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe), a reading by MFA Creative Writing graduates, and the closing reception for #NoFilter: IAIA 2019 BFA Exhibition.

IAIA 2019 Spring Powwow

Sat, May 11, 10:00 am7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) presents its 2019 Spring Powwow on Saturday, May 11, 2018, from 10 am–7 pm. Cash prizes available.

IAIA Portfolio Day

Sat, May 11, 10:00 am2:00 pm

Portfolio Day has been cancelled for Saturday, May 11. Portfolios will still accepted for faculty critique and review for potential scholarships.

IAIA Alumni Appreciation Dinner

Fri, May 10, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

IAIA Alumni are the foundation of IAIA. Alumni Relations and the Alumni Council invite alumni to be our dinner guests on the second Friday in May.

2019 IAIA Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading: Scribo Ergo Sum

Sat, May 4, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Graduating seniors Debbie Haddow, Damien Moore (Navajo), Chelsea Napper, and Matthew Robeck will be reading from original works in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

IAIA MusicFest

Sat, May 4, 10:00 am6:00 pm

The Third Annual IAIA MusicFest includes various performers and it will be held in the dance circle. This is an all ages show, open to the public, and free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted—rain or shine.

Tearing Down Walls: Voices from the Middle East and Santa Fe

Fri, May 3, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

The one-hour performance of Tearing Down Walls: Voices from the Middle East and Santa Fe is followed by a talkback with the actors and director exploring issues relevant to both the Middle East and New Mexico.

IAIA A-i-R: Craig, Brigman, and Worl—Open Studios

Thu, April 25, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Jordan Ann Craig, Rico Lanáat’ Worl, and Shawn Brigman in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

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.

Jewelry Workshop Remix: Brian Fleetwood

Thu, April 18, 1:00 pm3:30 pm

Due to overwhelming response to this workshop, please join artist Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke Creek) in a second jewelry workshop, in which the artist will discuss his practice and participants will be guided through a creative process.

IAIA A-i-R: Worl and Brigman on KSFR

Tue, April 16, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Rico Lanáat’ Worl and Shawn Brigman in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Youngbird, Craig, and Worl—Open Studios

Wed, April 10, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Laura Youngbird, Jordan Ann Craig, and Rico Lanáat’ Worl in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

The Art and Aesthetics of Flies: A Seminar with Norman Maktima

Thu, April 4, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

Join world class fisherman Norman Maktima (San Felipe/Laguna/Hopi) in a demonstration in the art and aesthetics of fly fish tying, in which Maktima will discuss his practice and participants will be guided through a creative process.

IAIA Annual Career Fair

Wed, April 3, 10:00 am2:00 pm

You and your organization are invited to the Institute of American Indian Arts 2019 Career Fair on Wednesday, April 3. It will be held on IAIA’s beautiful campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 10 am–2 pm in the Center for Lifelong Education building—registration is free.

IAIA A-i-R: Youngbird and Craig on KSFR

Tue, April 2, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Laura Youngbird and Jordan Ann Craig in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Youngbird, Craig, and Worl—Dinner and Studio Tours

Tue, March 26, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Laura Youngbird, Jordan Ann Craig, and Rico Lanáat’ Worl 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.

Dr. Bina Sengar, photograph courtesy Research Gate

Jangarh School and Gond Art—Talk by Dr. Bina Sengar

Mon, March 25, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

The Jangarh School and Gond Art: The Ecological Reflections of Societies talk by Dr. Bina Sengar is presented through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF).

MoCNA Social Engagement Artist-in-Residence Talk

Wed, March 20, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join artists Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq and Athabascan) and Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) as they discuss their practice and their current Social Engagement Art Residency at MoCNA.

IAIA A-i-R: Gray and Sonoquie—Open Studios

Wed, March 13, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Darren Vigil Gray, and Monique Sonoquie in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

Kids’ Day at the Museum Store

Sat, March 9, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) book club as we welcome children (K-5) to the Museum. Join us for this fun-filled family event.

Monique Sol Sonoquie

IAIA A-i-R: Monique Sol Sonoquie—Brown Bag it with MoCNA

Thu, March 7, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Monique Sol Sonoquie (Chumash, Apache, Yaqui, Zapotec, Irish) as she discusses her art practice.

IAIA A-i-R: Gray, Sonoquie, and Davids—Dinner and Studio Tours

Wed, February 27, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Darren Vigil Gray, Monique Sonoquie, and Brent Michael Davids 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.

IAIA A-i-R: Gray, Davids, and Sonoquie on KSFR

Tue, February 19, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Darren Vigil Gray, Brent Michael Davids, and Monique Sonoquie in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA 2019 BFA Exhibition #NoFilter—Opening Reception

Fri, February 15, 4:00 pm6:00 pm

#NoFilter: IAIA 2019 BFA Exhibition showcases the diversity of work being created by IAIA seniors trained in studio and cinematic arts. The selected works by these artists are grounded in ideas of personal, political, social, cultural, or historical import—and reflect an earnest exploration of the artists’s chosen media.

2019 IAIA Student Success Summit

Thu, February 14, 8:30 am3:30 pm

IAIA students, faculty, and staff will gather on Thursday, February 14, 2019 for IAIA’s 8th Annual Student Success Summit. This year’s topic is centered around Love and the day includes workshops, presentations, and activities—IAIA loves its students. IAIA is excited to welcome the keynote speaker for the event, Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) ’96.

IAIA A-i-R: Romero, Sonoquie, Gendron, Davids, and Romero—Open Studios

Wed, February 13, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Visit with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Cara Romero, Diego Romero, Monique Sonoquie, Brent Michael Davids, and Ric Gendron in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces.

IAIA Creative Writing Reading—Hangry for Love

Sat, February 9, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join IAIA Creative Writing faculty and students as they celebrate the month of love with a reading on Saturday, February 9, 2-4 pm in the MoCNA Project Lab. The event is free and open to the public.

Image courtesy of Brian Fleetwood

Jewelry Workshop: Brian Fleetwood

Thu, January 31, 1:00 pm3:30 pm

Join artist Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke Creek) in a jewelry workshop, in which the artist will discuss his practice and participants will be guided through a creative process. This event is limited to 10 participants with a fee of $25 for materials.

IAIA A-i-R: Romero, Gendron, and Romero on KSFR

Tue, January 29, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Cara Romero, Diego Romero, and Ric Gendron in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now—Curators + Coffee

Sat, January 26, 10:30 am12:00 pm

Please join Curators Dr. Mindy N. Besaw, Candice Hopkins, and Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man for coffee and a dynamic discussion about MoCNA’s newest exhibition Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now.

Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now—Opening Reception

Fri, January 25, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now seeks to expand and reposition art in the U.S. and Canada since 1950. It is the first exhibition to chart the development of contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada.

IAIA A-i-R: Romero, Sonoquie, Gendron, and Romero—Dinner and Studio Tours

Tue, January 22, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Cara RomeroMonique Sol Sonoquie, Ric Gendron, and Diego Romero 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.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Jennifer Foerster, Sherwin Bitsui, and Pam Houston

Sat, January 12, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Jennifer Foerster, Sherwin Bitsui, and Pam Houston. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—James Thomas Stevens, Brandon Hobson, and IndigieFemme

Fri, January 11, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include James Thomas Stevens, Brandon Hobson, and IndigieFemme. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Jamie Figueroa, Ken White, and Cedar Sigo

Thu, January 10, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Jamie Figueroa, Ken White, and Cedar Sigo. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Chip Livingston, Kim Blaeser, and Geoff Harris

Wed, January 9, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Chip Livingston, Kim Blaeser, and Geoff Harris. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Marie-Helene Bertino and Toni Jensen

Tue, January 8, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Marie-Helene Bertino and Toni Jensen. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Darlene Naponse and Joan Kane

Mon, January 7, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Darlene Naponse and Joan Kane. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Santee Frazier and Faith Adiele

Sun, January 6, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Santee Frazier and Faith Adiele. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Tommy Orange and Luci Tapahonso

Sat, January 5, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Readers include Tommy Orange and Luci Tapahonso. The Readers Gathering takes place in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Building. Free and open to the public.

Tonalpohualli: Count of Days—Talk and Pop-up

Sun, December 16, 2018, 2:00 pm5:00 pm

The Tonalpohualli: Count of Days exhibition in the Museum Store at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) runs through January 31, 2019 with an artist talk on December 16 at 2 pm, followed by a Pop-up show until 5 pm.

2018 IAIA Holiday Art Market

Sat, December 15, 2018, 9:00 am4:00 pm

Our Annual IAIA Holiday Art Market grows every year with the support of artists and art-enthusiasts alike. The mix of students, alumni, and other artists have made this market truly unique with their original works.

Darren Vigil Gray

Darren Vigil Gray—Artist Talk and Performance

Sat, December 8, 2018, 1:30 pm4:00 pm

Join MoCNA exhibition artist Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla Apache/Kiowa Apache) for a special holiday event. Gray will discuss his art practice and perform with his band the Righteous Renegades, an experimental jam band, as they bring in the holidays with a bang—Don’t miss the fun!

2018 Museum Store Holiday Sale

Sat, December 8, 2018Sun, December 9, 2018

Holiday shopping all weekend long at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store, which is offering discounts on the finest Native and Indigenous art. Museum members receive 20% off and non-members receive 10% off store purchases. Complimentary gift-wrapping, refreshments, and more—don’t miss this annual shopping event!

The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Sat, December 8, 2018Sun, December 16, 2018

The Monks of Deprung Loseling Monastery will construct a Green Tara mandala sand painting by pouring millions of grains of colored sand over a period of nine days.

IAIA A-i-R: Sainz, Wall, Naataanii, Johnson—Open Studios

Wed, December 5, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Last chance this year to visit with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Melanie Sainz, Adrian Wall, TahNibaa Naataanii, and Kenneth Johnson in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces. Free and open to the public.

Shawna Shandiin Sunrise, photograph courtesy the artist

Nizhónígo Anílééh (Make it Beautiful)—Autumn Harvest Arrangement Workshop

Wed, December 5, 2018, 1:00 pm3:00 pm

Fall is here and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) has partnered with well-known Indigenous floral designer Shawna Shandiin Sunrise for a seasonal workshop. The workshop is limited to 10 participants with a fee of $25 for materials.

MoCNA/Skype™ with Artist Holly Wilson

Wed, November 28, 2018, 10:30 am11:30 am

Join MoCNA and artist Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee) currently featured in the MoCNA exhibition, Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back. This discussion will happen via Skype™.

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 A-i-R: Sainz, Wall, Naataanii, Johnson—Open Studios

Thu, November 15, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Melanie Sainz, Adrian Wall, TahNibaa Naataanii, and Kenneth Johnson in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 5:00 pm–7:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces. Free and open to the public.

Tonalpohualli: Count of Days—Opening Reception

Sun, November 11, 2018, 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Tonalpohualli: Count of Days, by IAIA Alumna and former Adjunct Professor Moira Garcia, opens on November 11, 2018 in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store.

IAIA Annual Open House

Thu, November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm6:00 pm

IAIA is holding its annual Open House on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm—6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments will be provided by Bon Appétit Café.

IAIA A-i-R: Wall, Naataanii, Johnson, Redeye, and Little—Open Studios

Wed, October 31, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Adrian Wall, TahNibaa Naataanii, Luanne Redeye, Kenneth Johnson, and Monty Little in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces. Free and open to the public.

IAIA Continuing Ed: Deaf Awareness in Native Communities

Fri, October 19, 2018, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

Free course—earn CEUs. Terry Vinson (Comanche) and James Wooden Legs (Cheyenne) will lead a three-hour exploration in Deaf Awareness in Native communities including introductory information on Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL), American Sign Language (ASL), and Deaf Culture.

IAIA A-i-R: Marcus, Dorame, Little, and Redeye—Open Studios

Wed, October 17, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Robert “Spooner” Marcus, Katie Dorame, Monty Little, and Luanne Redeye in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm for tours of the artists’ studio spaces. Free and open to the public.

IAIA A-i-R: Dorame and Little on KSFR

Tue, October 9, 2018, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Katie Dorame and Monty Little in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Marcus, Dorame, Little, and Redeye—Dinner and Open Studios

Thu, October 4, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Robert “Spooner” Marcus, Katie Dorame, Monty Little, and Luanne Redeye for dinner 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.

Lillian Pitt, image courtesy the artist

IAIA A-i-R: Lillian Pitt—Brown Bag It at MoCNA

Wed, September 26, 2018, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs Wasco/Yakama) as she discusses her art practice. Pitt is known internationally for her masks of clay, bronze, and cast glass, along with her sculpture, jewelry, and prints—which honor her ancestors from the Columbia River Gorge.

IAIA A-i-R: Bobby Wilson Mural and Pop-Up Celebration

Sun, September 23, 2018, 3:00 pm4:00 pm

IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) is nearing completion of the mural on the East side of the Academic Building. We think it will be done Sunday afternoon and we’ll have a pop-up celebration with free “travel food,” in keeping with the mural’s theme.

IAIA A-i-R: Marcus, Wilson, Redeye, Thompson, and Pitt—Open Studio

Wed, September 19, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Robert “Spooner” Marcus (Ohkay Owingeh), Luanne Redeye (Seneca), Catherine “Maggie” Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), and Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Warm Springs/Yakama) for open studios.

2018 Fall Scholarship Awards Night

Thu, September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm11:00 pm

IAIA Students, Staff, and Faculty—Please join us for a special recognition reception to celebrate our students' success! The IAIA Café will be open from 5–6 pm before the event, light refreshments will be served at the reception, and after the event, an all IAIA Community dance will be hosted by Student Life in the Performing Arts and Fitness Center Gym.

IAIA A-i-R: Bobby Wilson, Catherine Thompson, and Luanne Redeye on KSFR

Tue, September 11, 2018, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Bobby Wilson, Catherine Thompson, and Luanne Redeye in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Robert Marcus, Bobby Wilson, Catherine Thompson, and Luanne Redeye—Dinner and Studio Tours

Tue, September 4, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Robert Marcus, Bobby Wilson, Catherine Thompson, and Luanne Redeye for dinner 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.

IAIA A-i-R: Janet Rogers and Robert Marcus on KSFR

Tue, August 28, 2018, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Janet Rogers and Robert Marcus in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Janet Rogers and Robert Marcus—Dinner and Studio Tours

Tue, August 21, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Janet Rogers and Robert Marcus for dinner 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.

Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland

The Sea of Grass—Book Reading and Dialogue

Sun, August 19, 2018, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Join Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma citizens, author Walter Echo-Hawk and Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, in a lively discussion on historical fiction novel The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland.

Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series: Resilience and Rights—Panel

Sat, August 18, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series in Partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) + Creative Santa Fe—Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights recognizes the increasing importance and relevance of the cultural community and art within a national and international platform. An introductory poem will be read by Navajo Nation Poet laureate Luci Tapahonso.

Sense of the Sacred-A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice

N. Scott Momaday and the Sense of the Sacred: A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice—Book Reading + Discussion

Sat, August 18, 2018, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Please join author N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) and W. Richard West (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West, Dr. Joëlle Rostkowski, and Jill Momaday (Kiowa) in a dynamic discussion about N. Scott Momaday and the Sense of the Sacred-A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice written by Dr. Joëlle Rostkowski.

Expanding Horizons: Darren Vigil Gray

Gallery Sessions with Artists Terrol Dew Johnson, Holly Wilson, Darren Vigil Gray, and Ian Kuali’i

Sat, August 18, 2018, 9:00 am11:30 pm

Located in the Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery and Allan Houser Art Park. Artists Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham), Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee), Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla Apache/Kiowa Apache) and Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Mescalero Apache) will discuss current exhibitions and participate in a panel discussion on their respective art practices with introductions by MoCNA Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man.

Santa Fe’s Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM—Live Broadcast

Sat, August 18, 2018, 9:00 am5:00 pm

Located in the South Courtyard. Santa Fe Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM will have a live radio feed at the Museum. Featuring giveaways and live radio all day. Radio personality Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) of Indigenous Foundation will be live from the booth from 2–5 pm.

CineDoom: Narratives of Native Film and Beyond—Film Screening

Sat, August 18, 2018Sun, August 19, 2018

Located in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery. MoCNA is pleased to present six innovative films made by Southwestern based American directors and their teams of writers, producers, editors, and actors in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery. Run Time is 55:30 minutes

CineDoom: Narratives of Native Film and Beyond—Panel

Fri, August 17, 2018, 5:00 pm6:15 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. MoCNA is pleased to present six innovative films made by Southwestern based American directors and their teams of writers, producers, editors, and actors in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery.

Terran Kipp Last Gun

Terran Last Gun—Artist Talk

Fri, August 17, 2018, 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Please join us as Terran Last Gun (Piikani) discusses his art practice and current solo exhibition at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 4–5 pm.

IAIA Alumni Luncheon at Indian Market

Fri, August 17, 2018, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

This year’s IAIA Alumni luncheon during Indian Market will take place on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12 pm at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in downtown Santa Fe.

Indian Market at the Museum Store

Fri, August 17, 2018Sun, August 19, 2018

During the 2018 SWAIA Indian Market, please visit the Museum Store for its own special events. Here’s a listing of events from Thursday, August 16–Sunday, August 19, 2018. All events are free and open to the public.

Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back

2018 Summer Exhibitions—Opening Reception

Thu, August 16, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Three new exhibitions will open on the first floor including Meeting the Clouds Halfway: Terrol Dew Johnson and Aranda\Lasch, Expanding Horizons: Darren Vigil Gray, and Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back. Featuring DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit) during the opening reception.

Clouds Halfway: Terrol Dew Johnson and Aranda\Lasch

Indian Market at MoCNA (All Happenings)

Thu, August 16, 2018Sun, August 19, 2018

During the 2018 SWAIA Indian Market please visit IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) for its own special events. Here’s a listing of events from Thursday, August 16–Sunday, August 19, 2018. All events are free and open to the public.

2018 IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction

Wed, August 15, 2018, 5:00 pm10:00 pm

IAIA continues its tradition to celebrate student imagination and achievement in the arts as we look toward hosting our most important fundraiser. Surrounded by superb Native art open to your bidding, you are invited to enjoy the rooftop reception and mingle with IAIA alumni, students, and faculty.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Foerster, Graham Jones, White

Sat, July 28, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Readers include Jennifer Elise Foerster, Stephen Graham Jones, and Ken White.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Dimaline, Stevens

Fri, July 27, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Readers include Cherie Dimaline and James Thomas Stevens.

IAIA A-i-R: Janet Rogers—Book Launch and Reading

Fri, July 27, 2018, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

MoCNA will host a book launch and public reading of the spring edition of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora) is the guest editor of the Yellow Medicine Review and she will do a public reading.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Freeland

Thu, July 26, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Reader includes Sydney Freeland.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Kahakauwila, Bitsui, Geller

Wed, July 25, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Readers include Kristiana Kahakauwila, Sherwin Bitsui, and Danielle Geller.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Bertino, Blaeser, Ausubel

Tue, July 24, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Readers include Marie-Helene Bertino, Kimberly Blaeser, and Ramona Ausubel.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Prcic, Frazier, Jensen

Mon, July 23, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Readers include Ismet Prcic, Santee Frazier, and Toni Jensen.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Livingston, Robidoux, Houston

Sun, July 22, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Readers include Chip Livingston, Barbara Robidoux, and Pam Houston.

IAIA Readers Gathering—Palacio and Harjo

Sat, July 21, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Readers include Derek Palacio and Joy Harjo.

IAIA A-i-R: Janet Rogers on “Through Our Eyes” KSFR Radio Show

Tue, July 17, 2018, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Janet Rogers and Mara Bouvier (General Manager of Sunrise Springs Spa Resort) in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

5th Annual Family Day—Celebrate your Family at MoCNA

Sat, June 2, 2018, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) welcomes families and children of all ages to participate in unique artist-designed and hands-on art-making activities that highlight contemporary Native arts. Programs during the event are geared towards K–5.

The Time is Now—IAIA Exhibition at Shidoni Gallery

Fri, May 18, 2018, 4:00 pm6:00 pm

The IAIA exhibition The Time is Now is a glimpse into the IAIA Studio Arts Program and the work being created by the diverse and talented students.

2018 IAIA Commencement Ceremony

Sat, May 12, 2018, 11:00 am1:00 pm

Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota Nation) ’09 has been selected to give IAIA’s commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 12, 2018, and in addition to the distinguished speaker, IAIA will award an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree to noted artist and IAIA Alumnus George Rivera (Pojoaque Pueblo) AFA ’84 as part of the Commencement Ceremony.

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IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

Thu, May 10, 2018, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Kate O’Neill, Rowena Alegria, Anna Osceola, Arielle Robbins, Brendan Basham, and Rose Simpson.

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IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

Thu, May 10, 2018, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Arianne True, Allison Deegan, Boderra Joe, Marlena Gates, Trevino Brings Plenty, and Erin Singer.

2018 IAIA Student Filmmaker Showcase

Thu, May 10, 2018, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

This screening presents a mix of new films and award-winning past work from current students and recent graduates which span the storytelling spectrum of live action drama, documentary, and animation. Two of the IAIA Student films have been featured at the Santa Fe Film Festival, The Phoenix Film Festival, and NM Filmmakers Showcase.

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IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

Wed, May 9, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Readers include Dennis Staples, Andrea Rogers-Henry, Kateri Menominee, David Tromblay, Anna Osceola, and Lauren Monroe.

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IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

Tue, May 8, 2018, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Trevor Duplessis, Leah Lemm, Melanie Archuleta, Dave Weiden, Austin Eichelberger, and Jake Skeets.

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IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Readings

Mon, May 7, 2018, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Readers include Rebecca Reuter, Lemanuel Loley, Ishmael Hope, Kathy Olson, Adrian Quintanar, and Eric Davis.

IAIA 2018 Spring Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading—Tuff Gurlz

Sat, May 5, 2018, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

IAIA 2018 Spring Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading—Tuff Gurlz on Saturday, May 5, 2-4 pm at the Allan Houser Art Park at MoCNA. Graduating seniors from the IAIA BFA Creative Writing Program will be reading from their original works in poetry and fiction. The event is free and open to the public.

IAIA 2018 Spring Powwow

Sat, May 5, 2018, 10:00 am7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) presents its 2018 Spring Powwow on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 10 am–7 pm. Cash prizes are available.

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IAIA 2018 ILS Senior Project Presentations

Wed, May 2, 2018, 6:00 pm8:30 pm

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Department will be having Senior Project Presentations in the CLE Commons. The event will showcase the capstone requirements for students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies.

IAIA A-i-R: Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Meghann O’Brien, and Ian Kuali’i—Dinner and Studio Tours

Thu, April 26, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join the IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Ian Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. for dinner 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.

IAIA MusicFest

Sat, April 21, 2018, 10:00 am6:00 pm

The Second Annual IAIA MusicFest includes various performers and it will be held in the dance circle. The headlining act for the event is Nataanii Means. This is an all ages show, open to the public, and free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted—rain or shine.

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 A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin—Dinner and Studio Tours

Thu, April 12, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Marwin Begaye, Ian Kuali’i, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Meghann O’Brien, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin for dinner 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.

IAIA A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., and Ian Kuali’i—Brown Bag It at MoCNA

Wed, April 11, 2018, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Monte Yellow Bird Sr, (Arikara and Hidatsa, Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota) and Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Apache) as they discuss their artistic practice.

IAIA Disc Golf Amateur Classic 2.0

Sat, April 7, 2018, 8:00 am5:00 pm

The IAIA Amateur Classic (IAC) is a two-round, amateur-only PDGA C-Tier event at the IAIA Disc Golf Course on Saturday, April 7, 2018. This unique amateur event provides players with an exceptional tournament experience. The event is sold out.

Shawna Shandiin Sunrise, photograph courtesy the artist

Nizhónígo Anílééh (Make it Beautiful)—Flower Arranging Workshop

Fri, April 6, 2018, 1:00 pm3:00 pm

Just in time for Spring! The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) partnered with well-known floral designer Shawna Shandiin Sunrise for a workshop on creating Santa Fe-inspired flower arrangements. This event is limited to 10 participants with a fee of $20 for materials.

IAIA Annual Career Fair

Fri, April 6, 2018, 11:00 am2:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is hosting its annual career fair on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 11 am to 2 pm. We invite you and your organization to join us as a vendor, free of charge. The event will take place at IAIA in the Center for Lifelong Education building.

IAIA A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin—Open Studios

Wed, April 4, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Drop-in to visit IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Marwin Begaye, Ian Kuali’i, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Meghann O’Brien, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin in their studios. Learn about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences.

MoCNA Social Engagement Artist-in-Residence Talk

Wed, March 28, 2018, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join artists Anita Fields (Osage Nation/Muscogee Creek) and Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) as they discuss their practice and their current Social Engagement Art Residency at MoCNA.

IAIA A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin—Dinner and Studio Tours

Mon, March 26, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join newly-arrived IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Ian Kuali’i, Meghann O’Brien, and continuing artist, Wayne Nez Gaussoin for dinner in the Academic Building on the IAIA Campus from 5:00-5:45 pm, followed by studio tours.

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Luna

Thu, March 22, 2018, 6:15 pm7:30 pm

IAIA and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) present a celebration of the life and legacy of internationally-renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Payómkawichum (Luiseño)/Ipi (Diegueño and Mexican-American). The tribute will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6:15 pm–7:30 pm in the LTC Auditorium on the IAIA Campus.

MoCNA Skype™ with Artist Emily Johnson

Fri, March 16, 2018, 10:30 am11:30 am

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) and artist Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) currently featured in MoCNA exhibition Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations. This discussion will happen via Skype™.

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The MoCNA Reader—2018 Kids’ Day

Sat, March 10, 2018, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) book club, the MoCNA Reader as we welcome children (K-5) to the museum. The museum store will highlight Native children’s book author Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia from the Pueblos of Tamaya (Santa Ana) and Walatowa (Jemez).

IAIA A-i-R: Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Meghann O’Brien, and Orlando Dugi—Open Studios

Wed, March 7, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Drop-in to visit IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists Wayne Nez Gaussoin and Orlando Dugi in their studios. Learn about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences.

2018 IAIA Student Success Summit

Thu, March 1, 2018, 8:30 am3:30 pm

IAIA students, faculty, and staff will gather on Thursday, March 1, 2018 for IAIA’s 7th Annual Student Success Summit. This year’s topic is centered around student success and the day includes workshops, presentations, and activities. IAIA is excited to welcome the keynote speaker for the event, AIHEC President Carrie Billy (Navajo).

IAIA A-i-R: Wayne Nez Gaussoin, and Orlando Dugi—Open Studios

Wed, February 28, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Drop-in to visit IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists Wayne Nez Gaussoin and Orlando Dugi in their studios. Learn about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences.

IAIA A-i-R: Wayne Nez Gaussoin and Christa Cassano—Workshop

Fri, February 23, 2018, 9:30 am3:30 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence artist Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo) and Christa Cassano (Confederated Tribes of Colville, Arrow Lakes Band) for workshops on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

IAIA A-i-R: Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Christa Cassano, and Orlando Dugi—Dinner and Studio Tours

Mon, February 19, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join newly-arrived IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Christa Cassano, and continuing artist Orlando Dugi for dinner in the Academic Building on the IAIA Campus from 5:00-5:40 pm, followed by studio tours.

2018 Spring Exhibitions—Opening Reception

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

Opening receptions for Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations, Art & Activism: Selections from The Harjo Family Collection, IAIA 2018 BFA Exhibition—Breaking Ground, Rolande Souliere: Form and Content, and The Abundant North: Alaska Native Films of Influence.

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IAIA BFA Creative Writing Reading—Listen to the H(ear)t

Sat, February 10, 2018, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join the IAIA faculty and students as they celebrate February—the month of love—with a reading. The Museum Store is offering special valentine-inspired activities in coordination with the IAIA BFA Creative Writing Reading event.

IAIA A-i-R: Orlando Dugi, Wade Patton, and Micheal Two Bulls—Farewell Reception

Thu, February 8, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Say farewell to IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Wade Patton and Micheal Two Bulls and find out more about continuing Artist-in-Residence Orlando Dugi as he enters the second month of his residency. Dinner in the Academic Building from 5:00-5:45 pm.

2018 IAIA Alumni Council Meeting

Mon, February 5, 2018, 10:00 am12:00 pm

The 2018 IAIA Alumni Council Meeting on Monday, February 5, 10–12 pm will be held in the Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) Conference Room 1. The meeting is open to the public.

IAIA A-i-R: Orlando Dugi, Wade Patton, and Micheal Two Bulls—Open Studio

Wed, January 24, 2018, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Drop-in to visit IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Orlando Dugi, Wade Patton, and Micheal Two Bulls in their studios. Learn about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences. Free and open to the public.

Brown Bag it with MoCNA: Collaborative Mural Discussion with Eliza Naranjo Morse and Terran Kipp Last Gun

Fri, January 19, 2018, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join Eliza Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Terran Kipp Last Gun (Piikani Nation) as they discuss their artistic practice and current collaborative mural, entitled, Home is a Life Journey.

IAIA A-i-R: Orlando Dugi, Wade Patton, and Micheal Two Bulls—Welcome Reception

Tue, January 16, 2018, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join newly-arrived IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Orlando Dugi, Wade Patton, and Micheal Two Bulls for dinner in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 5:00–5:45 pm, followed by artist studio tours from 5:45–7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

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IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Blaeser, Orange, and Torres

Sat, January 13, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

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IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Frazier, Ausubel, and HolyWhiteMountain

Fri, January 12, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

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IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Stevens, Prcic, and Smoker

Thu, January 11, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

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IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Palacio, Kane, and Mailhot

Wed, January 10, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

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IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Pensoneau, Swaney, and Freeland

Tue, January 9, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

IAIA MFA

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—White, Jensen, and Bitsui

Mon, January 8, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

IAIA MFA

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Livingston, Bertino, and Foerster

Sun, January 7, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

IAIA MFA

IAIA Winter Readers Gathering—Davis, Dimaline, and Houston

Sat, January 6, 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 6–13, 2018. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus.

2018–2019 Academic Calendar

Mon, January 1, 2018Sat, August 10, 2019

IAIA Academic Calendars are updated on a regular basis. See the following files for up-to-date information and about past, current, and upcoming happenings.

View from previous IAIA Holiday Art Market

2017 IAIA Holiday Art Market

Sat, December 9, 2017, 9:00 am4:00 pm

Our Annual IAIA Holiday Art Market grows every year with the support of artists and art-enthusiasts alike. The mix of students, alumni, and other artists have made this market truly unique with their original works.

2017 MoCNA Holiday Sale and Performance Weekend

Sat, December 9, 2017Sun, December 10, 2017

Holiday shopping all weekend long at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store, which is offering discounts on the finest American Indian artwork. Museum members receive 20% or more off store purchases.

Athena LaTocha

IAIA A-i-R: Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace—Brown Bag It at MoCNA

Fri, December 8, 2017, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in a lunchtime discussion. Bring your lunch and hear from the artists about their work.

Indigenous Liberal Studies Senior Presentation

Thu, December 7, 2017, 5:30 pm6:30 pm

Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Senior Ozawa Bineshi Albert (Yuchi and Chippewa) will be presenting her Senior Project Methodology of Story: Indigenous Community Transformation and Action to fulfill her requirements for completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies. Albert will also be presenting her Creative Writing Minor Thesis on Wednesday, December 6 at 4pm in the CLE Commons.

Jason Reed Brown

IAIA A-i-R: Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace—Radio Broadcast

Tue, December 5, 2017, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

Cacti are Cool

Cacti are Cool: Celebrating Indigenous Ecological Practices with DIY Terrariums—Workshop

Fri, December 1, 2017, 10:00 am12:00 pm

Take a moment to stop and smell....the cactus! Spend a morning learning about Indigenous dryland and desert ecological practices through our current exhibition Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance and then put that knowledge to use by building your own cactus terrarium.

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.

Misquadace

IAIA A-i-R: Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace—Open Studio

Wed, November 15, 2017, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace for an open studio session.

Indigenous Comic Con Master Workshops at MoCNA

Thu, November 9, 2017, 9:30 am3:00 pm

The Indigenous Comic Con is the first-ever pop culture convention dedicated to exploring and showcasing Indigenous peoples in the worlds of mass media and popular culture. The workshops will cover aspects of inspiration, process, and publication.

Frank Buffalo Hyde

IAIA A-i-R: Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace—Welcome Reception

Mon, November 6, 2017, 2:00 pm6:00 pm

Please join us in welcoming IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace to the IAIA campus. Meet the artists between 2–6 pm and visit the new Performing Arts and Fitness Center building dedication from 3:30–4 pm.

IAIA Annual Open House and Building Dedication Ceremony

Mon, November 6, 2017, 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. A highlight of the event will be the dedication of the new Performing Arts and Fitness Center.

IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces

Thu, November 2, 2017, 5:30 pm7:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in a special evening with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen.

IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Open Studio

Wed, October 18, 2017, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Please join our current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen for an open studio session. Free and open to the public—refreshments served.

IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Radio Broadcast

Tue, October 17, 2017, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Tune into KSFR 101.1 FM to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen in a conversation with IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis on “Through Our Eyes.”

IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Welcome Reception

Mon, October 9, 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Please join us in welcoming IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen to the IAIA campus. Dinner will be served in the Academic Building from 6:00-6:45 pm, followed by a tour of the artists’ studios. Free and open to the public—dinner served.

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.

Polar Bear Curl, 2017, acrylic, polymer, reindeer and polar bear fur, nylon thread, ca. 15" x 160 in., Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabaskan)

The MoCNA Reader—Connective Tissue

Fri, October 6, 2017, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art’s (MoCNA) tri-monthly book club called, The MoCNA Reader. Inspired by our exhibition, Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art, we take up the accompanying catalog recently published by IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Jason Begay, photograph from the Native News Project

IAIA Lecture and Conversation with Jason Begay ’96

Thu, September 28, 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

In the wake of Standing Rock and the recent closure of Indian Country Today, journalist Jason Begay (Diné) ’96 will be visiting IAIA to talk about the importance of Native American Journalism. “We need Native journalists now more than ever,” says Begay.

IAIA A-i-R: Janice George, Leanne Campbell, and Marlene Nielsen—Farewell Reception

Thu, September 28, 2017, 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Please join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Janice George, Leanne Campbell, and Marlene Nielsen for dinner. After dinner stop by the artists’s studios to see the work they’ve accomplished during their residency. Free and open to the public—dinner served.

Recent News

2019 AIHEC Winners

18 IAIA Students and several staff and faculty traveled to Billing, Montana, to compete at the 2019 American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Conference, March 16–19.

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MoCNA Celebrates Women’s History Month

MoCNA recognizes Women’s History Month and honors contemporary Native and non-Native women artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, curators, art professionals, academics, and students who worked, exhibited, or presented at MoCNA in 2018.

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2019 Spring Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Scholarship recipients, family, donors, staff, faculty, and invited guests attended a lunch catered by Bon Appétit to recognize scholarship recipients—totaling 379 students—$562,348 in awards.

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New Mexico Lottery Scholarships

New Mexico awards higher-education scholarships that are funded by proceeds from the NM lottery—the scholarships are awarded at 25 state colleges and universities.

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IAIA MFA Quarterly, Volume II, January 2019

This second issue of the IAIA MFA Quarterly, to be published four times a year, highlights the publications and writing-related news from our MFA community. Read more to find out how the IAIA MFA students and alumni are transforming the literary landscape.

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IAIA Winter Readers Gathering

The IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing presents the Winter Readers Gathering January 5–12, 2019. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC). All readings are free and open to the public.

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Shan Goshorn Passes Away

The contemporary art world lost an important artist over the weekend to cancer and many people lost a good friend. Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee) was an exceptional person deeply loved by many. Shan was an Eastern Band Cherokee artist, who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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