2022 IAIA Making History Scholarship Event

Join us on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 6:00–9:00 pm, at La Fonda on the Plaza as the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) celebrates its sixtieth anniversary and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) celebrates its fiftieth year.

Our largest fundraiser, this annual event provides essential scholarship support for our talented students across all disciplines from studio arts and creative writing to cinematography, performing arts, and museum studies. Celebrate with IAIA’s passionate family of supporters, faculty, and other friends—as well as celebrity guests, Indigenous artists, and community leaders—as we mark this historic milestone and begin the next stage in our journey. 

The IAIA Making History Scholarship Event on August 17 is one of many events scheduled in celebration of our sixtieth and fiftieth anniversaries year.

IAIA’s Annual Scholarship Event Returns to La Fonda on the Plaza

IAIA’s annual scholarship event returns for an evening to remember. You’ll enjoy Pueblo-inspired cuisine, extraordinary entertainment featuring Native American hoop dancing, celebrity guests, and a special reading by United States Poet Laureate, author, musician, and IAIA alum, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68.

To mark this special year, generations of talented graduates are giving back through donations of their time, vision, and creativity to commemorate IAIA’s anniversary and support our students. These renowned alumni are collaborating to create extraordinary artworks that respond to the rich history and impact of IAIA—the birthplace of contemporary Native arts.

Our growing list of celebrated live auction artists include:

  • Doug Hyde (Nez Perce, ’64)—Sculpture
  • Tony Abeyta (Navajo, ‘86)—Painting
  • Wendy Ponca (Osage, ’78)—Fashion/Textiles
  • Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo, ’14)—Glasswork
  • Steve LaRance (Hopi/Assiniboine, ’81)—Jewelry
  • Monte Yellowbird (Arikara/Hidatsa, ’78)—Leger Art
  • Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo, ’07 BFA, ’18 MFA)—High Contemporary

These distinctive, one-of-a-kind creations will be auctioned live at the gala with opportunities for collectors everywhere to bid online and by phone.

Download and view the IAIA Making History Menu.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

There are numerous ways to participate in the 2022 Scholarship Event and support student success through scholarships.
Interested in becoming part of this anniversary year of celebrations? Through sponsorship, individuals, organizations, and businesses of all sizes have a tremendous opportunity to show their commitment or align their brands with the work of IAIA and MoCNA.

Many sponsorship levels come with benefits, including opportunities for national recognition and local participation, but the most vital benefits of sponsorship are the educational opportunities afforded IAIA’s Indigenous students, who come from more than 90 Indigenous communities. Sponsorship funds go toward academic scholarships, making higher education a reality for hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, enriching their lives and their communities.

Your generosity matters—now more than ever—as we emerge from the challenging health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic.

Powerful Benefits and Levels of Support

Sponsorship packages range from $1,000 to $75,000. Sponsors not only show their commitment to IAIA’s work but expand business brand awareness through recognition opportunities and receive VIP access to exclusive IAIA Making History events.

To explore all the sponsorship benefits available, download and view the 2022 IAIA Making History Sponsorship Summary. For questions and more information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, contact Tamara Bates, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement, at (505) 424-5712 or [email protected].

Experience Making History Artwork in Person

As our 2022 Scholarship Event approaches, we’ll provide opportunities for you to view the original artworks featured in this year’s live auction of collaborative pieces and the online anniversary auction of works by Native artists. In August, guests can visit the IAIA Making History Auction Art Exhibition in person at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery located on IAIA’s campus. This free exhibition will allow collectors to better experience these works during the weeks leading up to the Scholarship Event.

Suzette Sherman

Suzette Sherman

IAIA Foundation Executive Director
Institutional Advancement Director
P (505) 424-2309
E [email protected]

Tamara Bates

Tamara Bates

Associate Director
Institutional Advancement
P (505) 424-5712
E [email protected]

Photographic Selections from the 2019 Event