Student Life

Message from the Interim Dean of Student Life

I would like to welcome you to the Institute of American Indian Arts. As Interim Dean of Students, I want to extend to you an invitation to stop by my office on the first floor in the CLE building. I look forward to meeting you and hope you have an incredible school year. I encourage you to take the opportunity to expand your horizons and try new sports, new arts, and activities here on campus and in the Santa Fe community.

Specific policies can be found in the IAIA Student Handbook on the following:

We welcome you to join our community in honoring the following:

  • We respect and value cultural & individual diversity.
  • We honor honesty, integrity, creativity, originality, knowledge; skill and excellence.
  • We encourage personal expression and communal dialogue.
  • We promote self-determination as innovative individuals and members of an international indigenous community.
Paul Moore

Paul Moore

(Chickasaw)

Interim Dean
Student Life
P (505) 424-5704
E pmoore@iaia.edu

Giorgio Fulgenzi

Giorgio Fulgenzi

Housing Area Coordinator
Student Life
P (505) 428-5808
E giorgio.fulgenzi@iaia.edu

Melissa Peters

Melissa Peters

(Navajo)

Student Activities Coordinator
Student Life
P (505) 424-2339
E melissa.peters@iaia.edu

Jacqueline Chitto

Jacqueline Chitto

(Laguna Pueblo)

Assistant to the Dean
Student Life
P (505) 424-2337
E jchitto@iaia.edu

Toney Johnson

Toney Johnson

(Diné)

Prevention Specialist
Student Life
P (505) 424-5793
E toney.johnson@iaia.edu

Leslie Romero

Leslie Romero

(Cochiti Pueblo/Hidatsa)

Housing Director
Student Life
P (505) 424-2380
E leslie.romero@iaia.edu

Eliza Combs, MA, LPCC, ATR

Eliza Combs, MA, LPCC, ATR

Mental Health Counselor & Registered Art Therapist
Student Life
P (505) 424-5758
E eliza.combs@iaia.edu

Dane Koponen

Dane Koponen

(Gwich’in)

Housing Area Coordinator
Student Life
P (505) 428-5808
E dkoponen@iaia.edu

Madge Duus, MA, LMHC

Madge Duus, MA, LMHC

(Navajo/Danish)

Mental Health Counselor
Specializing in Art Therapy
Student Life
P (505) 424-2339
E mduus@iaia.edu

Peggy Lomay

Peggy Lomay

(Hopi)

Housing Area Coordinator
Student Life
P (505) 428-5808
E plomay@iaia.edu

About

The IAIA campus is an architecturally significant, contemporary facility in a breathtaking physical environment. IAIA is easily accessible at the southern end of Santa Fe, one of the most art-conscious cities and important art markets in the world. Santa Fe is home to numerous art galleries and art museums including our own. Art is all around you.

Attending IAIA is a rewarding academic and education experience, but it’s more. It’s a life experience that will forever change yours. You’ll be part of a community of talented students, faculty, staff and physical facilities dedicated to stretching your talents and increasing your skills. Part of a community who shares your cultural values and experiences. Who believe in the path of creativity. Are you ready?

At IAIA, art is not the only thing you’ll learn, but the business of art as well. You’ll learn entrepreneurship. How to achieve a career that is satisfying both artistically and economically. The practical and real world side of art as a career path, and much more. They are the skills you need to succeed as an artist and in life.

Our beautiful 140 acre campus is easily accessible. It’s part of Santa Fe, a city known for generations as a mecca for art and artists. Our diverse and stimulating student body, our many extracurricular activities, our student and civic clubs, even our holistic and gourmet on-campus cafeteria make being part of IAIA stimulating and enriching, and just as important, fun.

At IAIA, we believe in involvement while you’re here and after you graduate. Our alumni, many with well-known names in the art world, continue to stay involved with IAIA, bringing with them the opportunities for real world guidance, insight and interaction.

Subscribe to IAIA’s Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from IAIA.

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.