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May 2010

IAIA Graduation, Kelley Mitchell

IAIA alumna Kelley Mitchell at last year's commencement. Photo by Julien McRoberts, julienmcroberts.com
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THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO attend the Institute of American Indian Arts' 2010 Commencement Ceremony, held Friday, May 14 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) will officially confer all bachelor of fine art's, bachelor's and associate's degrees to over 30 graduates. 

Susan Power (Standing Rock Sioux), will serve as commencement speaker. Power is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the author of two books, The Grass Dancer (a novel) and Roofwalker (a story collection). The Grass Dancer was awarded a PEN/Hemingway prize in 1995 and Roofwalker, a Milkweed National Fiction Prize in 2002.

Commencement will take place at the IAIA Dance Plaza, 83 A Van Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM (click here for a map). Call 505.424.2351 for more information.

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IAIA Spring Homecoming Powwow

IAIA student Mylan Tootoosis at the Spring 2009 Powwow. Photo by Julien McRoberts
powwowsharing an annual tradition: the spring homecoming powwow

IN WHAT HAS BECOME AN annual tradition, the Institute of American Indian Arts is proud to again host its Spring Homecoming Powwow on Saturday, May 8, 2010. The powwow will take place at the center of the IAIA campus located at 83 A Van Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM (click here for a map).

The public is invited to browse arts and crafts booths, purchase items from Native food vendors and watch the spectacular dancing, as well. There is no charge for the general public to attend.

Gourd dancing starts at 11:00 AM, followed by grand entry at 12:00 noon and then again at 6:00 PM. The head man and head lady for the powwow are both IAIA students, Ensley Aguilar and Elizabeth Nevaquaya. Terry Snake will serve as head gourd dancer while Otis Halfmoon will "MC." Red Road Crossing has been invited to be the northern drum, while the Zotigh Singers are the invited southern drum. As this is a contest powwow, all dancers and drums are welcome!

For more information about the powwow, please call 505.424.2339. For information about arts and crafts booth availability, please call 505.424.5704. For more information about IAIA, please visit www.iaia.edu.

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Painting by Kit Julianto

Inside the Heart (detail) by Kit Julianto
close-splashexhibit closes with pomp and circumstance

IN HONOR OF THE 2010 IAIA graduating class, a special closing reception will be held for the BFA exhibit, SPLASH! on Thursday, May 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, NM (click here for a map).

SPLASH! highlights the work of students receiving their bachelor of fine arts degrees from IAIA, including Meagan Begay, Toneh Chuleewah, Sarah Ferber, Taylor Hurley, Amber Johnson, Kit Julianto, Dwayne Manuel, Joanne Morales,
Elizabeth Smith, and Natasha Wagner.

A reading by IAIA creative writing graduates, including Celeste Adame, Vernon Begay, Tiana Finney, Autumn Gomez, and Denise Slater, will take place at 6:00 PM. As well, Grace Jones (IAIA alumna) and her husband Paul will perform traditional flute and drum music throughout the event.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 505.428.5909.

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NMA students on a film shoot

New media arts students Ryan Begay, Jessie Murray and Cameron Martinez on a film shoot
nmanew media arts graduates take a bow with  screenings of their work

IAIA'S NEW MEDIA ARTS GRADUATES' work will be featured at two screenings of their final projects including animations, short films, and experimental videos.

The premiere will take place on Wednesday, May 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the IAIA Library and Technology Center Auditorium, 83 A Van Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM (click here for a map). For more information, call 505.424.5716.

A second screening is on Saturday, May 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, NM (click here for a map).

No reservations are necessary for the May 12 screening; however, space is limited on May 15, so your RSVP is requested, 505.428.5909 or membership@iaia.edu.

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...So Coyote Takes Sherman Alexie into This Gay Bar (detail), James Jordan (Choctaw)
exhibit shows laughter is the best medicine

THE DICTIONARY DEFINES HUMOR AS the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.

On May 28, the Museum Store unleashes First Laugh, a group show that celebrates Native American humor and tricksters. As Will Rogers (Cherokee) said, "We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can."

Native American humor themes are found in tribes all over the US. Embodiments of tricksters, such as Coyote, Weesageechak, Nanabush, Manapoose and Rabbit make an appearance in everyday stories, legends and art.

A special opening reception will be held Saturday, May 29, from 12 noon to 2:00 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' Store and Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, NM (click here for a map).

As with all Museum Store exhibits, all art work is for sale, and the proceeds go to the artists and the Museum. Call 505.983.1666 for more information.

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IAIA Summer Courses

Summer semester at IAIA offers something for everyone. Photo by Wendy McEahern
get smart: iaia premieres summer courses

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE its founding, the college at the Institute of American Indian Arts will offer summer classes. Courses are being offered in three convenient sessions so one can get smart while still enjoying a summer "staycation" or fitting in time for a super summer cruise.

The first session kicks off June 1 and runs through June 18, immediately followed by session two from June 21 to July 9. Wrapping up the summer series is session three beginning on July 12 and ending on July 30.

Students and community members alike will be able to choose from an array of offerings in museum studies, creative writing, studio arts, new media arts, Indigenous liberal studies and both pre-college and college level English and math. Gain insight into the practical elements of preparing art work for exhibitions with a class in museum studies.

Learn to write a screenplay, produce a chapbook or do podcast journalism in creative writing. Become familiar with digital video production, filmmaking or producing a personal documentary in new media arts. One-credit weekend courses will be offered as well, with topics like doing hair and makeup for film.

To apply and register, or for more information on this exciting new opportunity to experience IAIA's summer semester, please go to www.iaia.edu/summer2010,  download a copy of the course catalog by clicking here, or call Mae Austin at 505.424.2334.

IAIA 5/1/10 Art Sale

Photo by Jessica Metcalfe
art-saleart, art supplies and more for sale on saturday

PLEASE JOIN US AT IAIA  on Saturday, May 1 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for a special sale that includes student art work, gently used art supplies and more.

Food and beverages will be available, and all are welcome. The sale will take place in the student life building (the former cafeteria) at the IAIA campus, 83 A Van Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM.

Click here for a campus map of IAIA. Following are directions to campus.

From I-25, take exit 278A to merge onto Cerrillos Rd/NM-14 S toward Madrid  (0.9 mile)
Turn left at the traffic light at Rancho Viejo Blvd and continue (1.7 miles)
At the four-way stop sign, turn right at Ave Del Sur and continue (.9 mile)
Turn left at A Van Nu Po and follow the signs to IAIA (1.1 miles)

For more information, call 505.424.2339.

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Santa Fe Reporter, Best of Santa Fe 2010
the museum needs your vote

THE SANTA FE REPORTER'S BEST of Santa Fe Readers' Poll is an annual contest in which readers and fans choose the best Santa Fe has to offer-from politicians to musicians to restaurants and more.

Once again, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts has been nominated for Best Museum and Best Art Space. As well, for 2010 the Museum is up for Best Art Events.

As a friend of the Museum,  we are counting on your support, so please click here to vote for the Museum in these categories, along with your other Santa Fe favorites. Thank you!
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calendar of events

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Through 05/13/10
SPLASH! 2010 IAIA Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates' Exhibit
May 13, 4:00-7:00 PM: Closing reception

Through 05/23/10
I Didn't Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me explores arbitrary national borders' effect on Native communities

05/28/10 through 07/11/10
First Laugh, celebrating Native American humor and tricksters
May 29, 12 noon-2:00PM: Opening reception

05/13/10 4:00-7:00PM
Closing reception for SPLASH! IAIA BFA Graduates' Exhibit

05/15/10  2:00-4:00 PM

New Media Arts graduates' film screening
RSVP, 505.428.5909 or membership@iaia.edu

05/29/10 12 noon-2:00PM
Opening reception for First Laugh exhibition

09/08/10 - 09/12/10
Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest Click here to download the registration form, or contact 1.800.556.7896 ext. 7357 or travel@academic-travel.com for more information

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Through 05/14/10
Spring Senior Thesis Exhibit, call 505.424.2361 for more info

05/01/10 9:00AM-4:00PM
Art, Art Supplies and More! Sale, call 505.424.2339 for more info

05/08/10 11:00AM-11:00PM

IAIA's Spring Homecoming Powwow
Grand entry at 12 noon and 6:00PM, call 505.424.2339 or 424.2337 for more info

05/12/10 7:00-9:00PM
New Media Arts graduates' film premiere, call 505.424.5716 for more info

05/14/10 11:00AM-1:00PM

IAIA's 2010 Commencement, call 505.424.2351 for more info

SAVE THE DATE: 08/19/10
The '80s: A Totally Rad Revolution, Annual benefit dinner and art auction, Call 1.800.804.6423 for more info or to purchase tickets

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06/02/10 though 06/04/10

Cultural Tourism Workshop: New Strategies for Tribal Tourism in an Economic Downturn. Call 505.424.2308 to register