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February 2010

Under Contruction: Live PAINT!

Under Contruction: Live PAINT fundraiser at the Museum on February 6 and 7
tired of the same old auctions? so are we!

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE Arts and the Institute of American Indian Arts presents:

Under Construction: LIVE PAINT!

Saturday, February 6, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. - LIVE PAINT! event
Sunday, February 7, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Exhibition of LIVE PAINT! and Silent Auction

We are excited to transform the museum's main gallery into a studio for one day for the IAIA community to paint for the public. Alumni, students, faculty and staff of the Institute of American Indian Arts will take part in this live painting event where they will create original works of art live on site at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Paintings created during the LIVE PAINT! event on Saturday, February 6, will be exhibited in the museum's main gallery on Sunday for sale through a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will be divided between the artist and an Acquisition Fund towards the purchase an artwork from the 2010 bachelor of fine arts graduates exhibition (March 5 - May 13, 2010).

Artists scheduled to appear include Marcus Amerman, David Bradley, Mateo Romero and Michael Roanhorse. Events take place at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, NM, which will replacing its roof and "under construction" through July.

All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available, and a DJ will play music. For more information, contact Samantha Ferguson at sferguson@iaia.edu or 505.428.5900.

DeHaven Solimon Chaffins, Laguna Pueblo, Praying for Rain at Hawikuh, 1999

DeHaven Solimon Chaffins (Laguna Pueblo), Praying for Rain at Hawikuh, 1999
Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"
MoCNA Collection: L-61

collection move offers donors a unique chance to help preserve a national resource

SITUATED NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF the IAIA campus is the new Science & Technology Building. It will soon house offices and classrooms along with an impressive digital dome theater and a state of the art conservation lab.

The new structure is also future home of the Museum's 7,500+ piece permanent art collection, the National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art.

As Museum staff and volunteers prepare for the monumental undertaking of moving the collection, several needs for the new space remain unmet. One of the highest priorities is an art rack system to store the over 2000 paintings. Each rack costs $10,000 and 36 racks are needed, not to mention the $51,000 worth of ceiling work necessary to install the rack system. Unfortunately funds have not yet come through to cover these costs.

Along with heading up the collection relocation effort, Curator of Collections Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer is helping with efforts to raise funds for the fixtures and other resources necessary to complete the move. "It's challenging because the needs are so specific, plus the timeline is so compressed.  But we're optimistic because of the realistic opportunities we now have to properly store, grow and showcase this National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art.

One of these opportunities provides individuals and organizations with their very own art rack in the new collection space acknowledged publicly by name. Lomahaftewa-Singer goes on to say, "I think patrons will be impressed and excited to visibly see the potential and direction that this collection storage will provide to the greater public and community. A named gift sends a strong message that reinforces the Institute's efforts to provide greater awareness of this tremendous National resource, and donors have the chance to help protect and care for it."

For more information about how you can make a named gift, or donate time or materials to help with the collection move, please call 505.428.5909 or 424.5910, or email membership@iaia.edu.

Cougar Vigil (Apache), laughing animals, silver gelatin print/mix media

Cougar Vigil (Apache), Laughing Animals, Silver gelatin print/mixed media, 40"x40"
taking back our image

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE Arts and the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery are pleased to announce The Sovereign Image, a group exhibition focusing on photographic and digital representation of Native life.

Gallery Associate and exhibit curator Bradley Pecore says about the show, "At times, Natives have been portrayed out of context -- or misrepresented entirely. The Sovereign Image is an undertaking which encourages contemporary Native artists who use photography or digital media as a form of expression to push our image forward and articulate our future through the power of the image."

All works will be offered for sale in this exhibition that runs from February 27 through April 10. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 27 from 12 Noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Museum at 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, where many exhibiting artists will be in attendance.

For more information, click here or call the Museum at 505.983.8900.

Blonde Indian by Ernestine Hayes (Lingit)

Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir (University of Arizona Press) by Alaska Native author Ernestine Hayes
american book award winner reads at iaia

"WHEN I WAS A GIRL GROWING up in the village, my grandmother taught me songs. Blonde Indian, Blonde Indian, she sang, while I danced and sang and shook my hands. Blonde Indian, Blonde Indian. I had light-colored hair when I was a girl. She told me about the spiders that lived in our barewood house, that they were friends who carried stories, and if I listened carefully, I would know what my friends had come to tell me. An only child, I had few other friends. She told me about the Taku Wind howling over our heads on dark winter days, that it was my grandfather letting me know I couldn't come outside and play on those days when he sang his song too loud. " --Ernestine Hayes, Alaska Native writer and professor

On February 18 at 7:00 p.m., American Book Award winner Ernestine Hayes (Tlingit), author of Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir (University of Arizona Press) reads at IAIA. Drawing on the special relationship that the Native people of southeastern Alaska have always had with nature, Blonde Indian is a story about returning. The Anchorage Press called it "one of the most important books to come out of Alaska."

This free event will take place at the Learning and Technology Center auditorium at IAIA's Campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Call 505.424.2365 for more information.

Travel program: Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest

Travel program: Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest. Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and Academic Travel Abroad
experience contemporary native arts of the pacific northwest

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE Arts announces a special members' travel program from September 8-13, 2010. The trip, entitled Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest, will treat guests to top notch accommodations at the Westin Seattle, front door to downtown shopping, attractions, dining and the vibrant theater district.

Highlights of this arts excursion will include exclusive access to Native art collections and special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Tacoma Art Museum and at the Museum of Glass where travelers will enjoy an exhibit of work by IAIA alum Preson Singletary (Tlingit) entitled Echoes, Fires and Shadows along with Dale Chihuly's 500 foot Bridge of Glass.

Also included are visits to several galleries representing the contemporary masters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Featured are private tours at the Stonington Gallery, the Longhouse at Evergreen College, Pilchuk Glass School, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. Evenings events include special receptions with curators and artists and dinners at some of Seattle's hot spots.

A portion of the Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest trip registration fees benefit the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. For more information, contact Guin White, Membership Director at 505.428.5909 or membership@iaia.edu, or for registration details, contact IAIA's travel partner, Academic Travel Abroad at 1-800-556-7896 ext. 7357 or travel@academic-travel.com.

Southwest Photographic Tour, image by Julien McRoberts

Southwest Photographic Tour, image by Julien McRoberts (julienmcroberts.com)
photo tour promises to capture the essence of the desert southwest

EXPERIENCE THE RICH TRADITIONS OF Native America and the Southwest Desert on an exclusive photographic journey arranged by Seven Directions Custom Tours owner and Museum of Contemporary Native Arts member Patrizia Antonicellii, and featuring noted Santa Fe photographer Julien McRoberts (julienmcroberts.com).

Get immersed in Native culture from the ancient civilizations and ruins, to the artistic traditions of the local Native artisans. Photograph the stunning beauty of ancient dwellings; listen to contemporary Navajo history and life and create images of the amazing people that inhabit these regions. End your trip in the magical city of Santa Fe, the first US city designated by UNESCO a world creative city, capped off with a gallery visit where Ryan Rice, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts will give a special presentation on contemporary Native art.

New Mexico residents get a 5% discount, and a portion of the tour fee will benefit the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Space is limited to six participants, so book your spot early.

For more information visit the Seven Directions Custom Tours website at www.sevendirections.net or to reserve your spot today, call 505.820.3305 or email  info@sevendirections.net.

Will Wilson (Navajo), Auto Immune Response #6 (detail)

Will Wilson (Navajo), Auto Immune Response #6 (detail), archival pigment print, 44x107. Wilson is a recipient of the 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors grant
museum staffer receives prestigious mitchell award

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE Arts is pleased to announce that Will Wilson, the Museum's Vision Project manager, is a recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant. Wilson was one of 25 artists in the country to receive this prestigious award.
Wilson said, "It's an honor to receive the Mitchell Award. Looking at its history and the remarkable artists it has supported verifies that Joan Mitchell was a true visionary and it's amazing to be included in this group. For me, the award reinforces that I am an artist who is creating sensory experience through sensual spaces."
The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in April 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following the death of Joan Mitchell in October 1992. The Foundation strives to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to assist the needs of contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. The Painters and Sculptors Grant Program was established by the foundation in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality. Grant nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators.
For more information on the Joan Mitchell Foundation and its recipients, please visit www.joanmitchellfoundation.org. For more information about the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts, please visit www.iaiamuseum.org.

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Through 02/21/10
Somewhere Between Warp and Weft
Native basket show

02/27/10 - 04/10/10
The Sovereign Image
Featuring photography and digital imagery
Feb 27, 12 Noon: Public opening reception

03/05/10 - 05/13/10

IAIA Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates Exhibit
Guest curated by SAR Fellow, Sherry Farrell Racette
More details coming soon!

02/06 and 02/07/10
Under Construction: Live PAINT!
Feb 6, 12 Noon - 7:00 PM: Original works of art created live on site, DJ to play music, and refreshments available
Feb 7, 12 Noon - 4:00 PM: Live PAINT works available for purchase at a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the artists and a BFA art acquisition fund. Call 505.428.5900 for more info.

02/07/10  2:00 PM
IAIA New Media Arts Student Film Screening
RSVP, 505.428.5909 or membership@iaia.edu

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02/08/10 7:00 PM
Reading by author Greg Glazner

02/18/10  7:00 PM
Reading by Alaska Native author, Ernestine Hayes, winner of the American Book Award

03/25/10  7:00 PM
Reading by fiction writer Brian Evenson

Call 505.424.2365 for more information about the IAIA reading series


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