IAIA Receives $20,000 Award to Expand Artist in Residence Program


 Photo © Eric Davis Courtesy of IAIA
Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center IAIA Campus 

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chuhas approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to IAIA to expand the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

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IAIA Poet James Thomas Stevens Reaches Out to Inmates of New Mexico State Penitentiary

By Eric Davis



Roseanna Andrade and poet Jose Gamez in the MRU library at PNM

Five Incarcerated Poets Have their Works Displayed on the IAIA Campus.

IAIA Associate Professor of Creative Writing James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), recently contacted IAIA alumna Roseanna Andrade (Mexica/Nahua) ’16, to participate in one of IAIA’s community outreach programs — the collection of poems that are posted on the IAIA Health and Wellness Trail. As the poetry instructor in the Creative Writing Program, Stevens is responsible for collecting original poems from invited groups and posting them in wooden display posts along the IAIA Health and Wellness trail, utilized by IAIA students, staff, faculty, and members of the surrounding community. In the past, works from IAIA undergrad writers, graduate students, and students from local Native high schools were utilized; but Stevens recognized that not all writers come from educational institutions. In an effort to reach out to other groups, he wrote to Andrade and requested poems for display on the trail from April 1, 2017 through August 1 2017.

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History Museum Explores Turn-of-the-Century Syria in a Post-ISIS World

By Jennifer Padilla



As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll, and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the Palace of the Governors will display seven albums of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909. Entitled Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat, the exhibition will include multi-functional information kiosks with insights into Syrian people and culture. The exhibition opens Friday, June 23 and runs through December 2017.

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Native American Art, Food and Dance at Red Rocks


This May marks the 27th year of the Annual Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show during Memorial Day Weekend. This event is a time-honored tradition that brings hundreds of people to the Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks to celebrate and honor the brave few that have died while serving in the United States Military. “This is why we have a holiday; it is to honor and remember those that have passed on during times of conflict and war,” says Marlon Magdalena, Vice President of theJemez Arts and Crafts Association. We celebrate this American Holiday the best way we can, with Authentic Native American Art, Food, and Dance.
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Institute of American Indian Arts IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts June 2017 Exhibitions + Public Programs

Ongoing Exhibitions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) 


Kieve Family Gallery, 2nd Floor, MoCNA’s new permanent collections wing

Visions and Visionaries

August 21, 2015-July 31, 2017


The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ new permanent collection gallery highlights the exhibition Visions and Visionaries. Drawing from the strength and diversity of the permanent collection, the works focus on the role of the visionaries in IAIA’s history who forged new paths that IAIA continues to follow to this day. The exhibition explores the themes Abstraction, Ways of Seeing, Politics and Perception, and Realism and the Documentary. 

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Free Concerts Coming to Jemez and Coronado Historic Sites on Memorial Day Weekend

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager,  


and Janey Potts, Program Manager,


DDAT will perform at the Jemez Historic Site.

Coronado and Jemez Historic Site are hosting free concerts on Memorial Day Weekend. Festivities begin at Coronado Historic Site on Saturday May 27 with “Reggae on the River” and continue at Jemez Historic Site on Sunday May 28 with “Jammin’ in Jemez.”

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“Radical Southwest: A Film Series” Easy Riders, Courthouse Raids, Civil Rights Heroes, the Summer of Love and Much More


In celebration of the landmark exhibition Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, on display at the New Mexico History Museum from May 14, 2017 to February 11, 2018, the CCA Cinematheque presents an eight-month film series, exploring elements including the Summer of Love, Chicano resistance and avant-garde Southwest storytelling experiments.

Highlights include the only New Mexico screening of Long Strange Trip, a new Grateful Dead film; a presentation exploring the 50th anniversary of La Alanazia’s raid at the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse; restored classic and a rare New Mexico appearance of the legendary photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon. Support for the film series is provided by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Commencement Address Presented by Noted Actress Irene Bedard



Irene Bedard

Irene Bedard  has been selected to give the Institute of American Indian Arts’ 2017 commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  The Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Dance Circle on the IAIA Campus, — 83 Avan Nu Po Road, on the South Side of Santa Fe — just minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Chaco First 2017 Artist in Residence Offers Free Arts Program

Cecilia Wainright
National Parks Arts Foundation


Chaco Culture National Historical Park’s FIRST 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE for March/April is Brenda Brown, an International Artist in Residence from Canada, originally from the U.S. She pursues contemporary interpretations of past and present cultural and architectural subjects through site-specific concepts during her month-long residency on the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
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Reduce Time and Cost Incentives Offered by IAIA




IAIA announced today that it will begin a Financial Incentive Program for incoming Freshmen for the Fall 2017 semester that will reward students for attaining their Bachelor’s Degree in four years (eight semesters) or less.  Students who accomplish this will be rebated tuition for their Senior year, earning a 25% savings on their tuition. (Because IAIA includes books in tuition costs, the books required for their senior year classes will also be free if they meet the criteria of the program.) To qualify, full-time, degree-seeking Freshmen students will need to take a minimum of 15 college credit hours each semester, meet the program requirements, and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing–along with signing an agreement for admission into the program.

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Invitation From Jemez Artisans Gallery



                               Jemez Artisans 8th Anniversary Reception

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating our 8th Anniversary on Saturday, April 8 from 1–4pm.

Come in and enjoy refreshments while you browse our newest creations 

–there’s always something creative happening at Jemez Artisans Gallery!

Retablos and Bultos in Walatowa High

Story and Photos by Troy Meek, Art Teacher


Walatowa High Charter School held a very successful workshop attended by 9th, 10th and 11th graders, presented by Rhonda Crespin. A resident of Jemez Springs for many years, she is well known and collected for her Bultos, or round 3D hand carved devotional artworks, and for her Retablos, which are flat paintings on wood.

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Jemez Contributions to Native American Easel Art


By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager



Deborah Ellis, Docent


Painting by Vidal Casiquito Jr.


In the early twentieth century, a group of Native American artists gained recognition for producing portable paintings depicting traditional cultural practices and life experiences. Known as “easel paintings,” these works reflected a new form of artistic expression for Native Americans in New Mexico. The paintings were illustrated in a distinct two-dimensional graphic style, primarily using opaque water colors. The works of two artists from Jemez Pueblo are on display before you.

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Pictorial Traditions of the Kiowa

MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE                                                               

 Deer, man and stream by Silver Horn (Haungooah).


Around the turn of the century, the Kiowa people experienced a radical shift from a buffalo hunting society to resettlement in individual family allotments in southwest Oklahoma. Silver Horn (1860-1940), a ledger artist of exceptional talent, illustrated Kiowa life and culture during this time of change.

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Artists Wanted for Spring Show in Bernalillo’s El Zócalo Plaza


El Zócalo in Bernalillo.

Sara’s Southwest Gallery in Bernalillo is seeking local artists for an outdoor show in the courtyard of the county’s El Zócalo Plaza in Bernalillo this spring.

While all artists are welcome, a special invitation is being extended to young emerging artists who may have had trouble finding venues to show their work, says Sara Chadwick, the event organizer and owner of Sara’s Southwest Gallery.

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The modern poster was a unique invention using color lithography when it was still a new medium for creative design and responding to the needs of a burgeoning consumer culture that spurred the development of modern advertising. Inspired by the freedom from constraining traditions of art, the modern poster has entered history as art, design, and advertising. Dr. Ruth Iskin, Professor Emeritus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, acclaimed author and scholar of modern and contemporary art, will discuss the unique convergence of art, advertising, and design in the modern poster.

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Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists. MoCNA is dedicated solely to advancing the scholarship, discourse and interpretation of contemporary Native art for regional, national and international audiences. As such, it stewards the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art, 7,500 artworks in all media created in 1962 or later. MoCNA is at the forefront of contemporary Native art presentation and strives to be flexible, foresighted and risk-taking in its exhibitions and programs. MoCNA is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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