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September 2010

Nathan Romero at IAIA '80s-themed Gala

Nathan Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) channeled the '80s to help raise scholarship money at IAIA's annual gala. Photo by Julien McRoberts (julienmcroberts.com)
a totally rad revolution a totally awesome success

TWO SUMMERS AGO, IAIA LAUNCHED a five-year initiative to pay tribute to its incredible history while counting down the years to its 50th anniversary in 2012. The countdown began with an annual benefit celebrating IAIA's first decade, The '60s: A Revolution Begins. Even though the economy took a turn for the worse in 2009, The '70s: The Revolution Continues sold out within three weeks of the event raising over $93,000 for student scholarships. In 2010, donors once again proved their commitment to IAIA with tickets being sold out nearly two months before The '80s: a Totally Rad Revolution! While final accounting is still being tallied at press time, the amount raised is anticipated to surpass expectations.

Besides the dazzling array of artwork donated by IAIA alumni, the gala included a special stand up performance by comedian Drew Lacapa. IAIA alumni Denise Wallace and Tony Abeyta served as honorary co-chairs and James McGrath, a founding faculty member of IAIA, was honored with the 2010 IAIA Visionary Award.

All proceeds from the "'80s" event will benefit IAIA's deserving students via scholarship and student program support. If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please contact Kirsten Jasna, Director of Institutional Advancement at 800.804.6423 or kjasna@iaia.edu.

S. Beyale, Old Ones Dog

Shaun Beyale, The Old Ones Dog (detail), Acrylic on canvas

museum store goes to the dogs in september

THE MUSEUM STORE AND LLOYD Kiva New Gallery presents Doggie Dog,a group art show and sale of new work on display from September 17 through October 31, 2010.

The exhibit will celebrate the original beast of burden (before the days of the horse), as well as highlight the important role of the dog in Native American culture. As is always the case with Store shows, sale proceeds will benefit Native artists and the Museum.

A special opening reception will take place in the Museum's Allan Houser Art Park (dogs welcome!) on Saturday, September 18 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Call 505.983.1666 for more information.

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Nicholas Galanin (self portrait)

Image courtesy of Nicholas Galanin

alaska native artist gives free lecture

ACCORDING TO HIS ARTIST STATEMENT, Tlingit/Aleut artist Nicholas Galanin works with concepts, and the medium follows. His work is featured in two exhibits, Dry Ice and Oblique Drift, currently on display at MoCNA, and on Saturday, September 25 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., he will will give an artist talk at the Museum, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Galanin has struck an intriguing balance between his origins and the course of his practice. Having trained extensively in 'traditional' as well as 'contemporary' approaches to art, he pursues them both in parallel paths. His stunning bodies of work simultaneously preserve his culture and explore new perceptual territory.

Galanin's talk is free and open to the public. A complimentary reception will follow. Call 505.428.5922 for more information.

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KiKi Belmonte Schaller

KiKi Belmonte Schaller with her novel, Gray Rainbow Journey. Photo courtesy of the author.
award-winning author to read at the museum

CHEROKEE/CREEK/SEMINOLE AUTHOR KIKI BELMONTE Schaller developed a love for words and their power when she wrote her first short story in grade school. Years later after achieving her masters degree, her love of teaching became evident, and she worked as cultural coordinator and art instructor in a tiny reservation Indian academy and also taught the learning disabled in public school.

However in 2008, Schaller made the decision to leave teaching and return to her first love to complete a novel she began in 2005. It paid off when in 2009 the novel won a coveted USA BookNews National Best Books Award in multicultural fiction, and was finalist in two other categories.

Gray Rainbow Journey is a unique coming-of-age novel set in the Florida Everglades. It tells the story of Dina Youngblood who experiences loss and redemption through a collision of traditional and contemporary worlds and faiths.

Schaller will give a complimentary reading at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. Following the reading, she will sign copies of her book in the Museum Store.

Please call 505.428.5909 for more information.

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Hugh and Barbara Witemeyer, Museum Members

Museum members, Hugh and Barbara Witemeyer at the members appreciation breakfast sponsored by business partner Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Photo courtesy of Julien McRoberts (julienmcroberts.com)
members remain ardent supporters

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE Arts membership program began in 1999. Currently, the museum boasts nearly 1200 members, a robust number considering its niche mission: to present, contemporary Native arts which it has undertaken almost exclusively since its inception in the early seventies.

The extraordinarily high membership retention rate, which annually hovers around 85 percent, is testament to the loyalty of the members as well as the museum's thought-provoking, world-class programming.

In spite of a difficult economy and this year's gallery closure from February through August during which time the museum relocated its permanent collection, replaced the roof and made other improvements, the museum expected membership to fall off, typical in such cases. Surprisingly the opposite happened.

New members came out of the woodwork; moreover, longstanding members stuck by the museum in record numbers, many increasing their support levels.

MoCNA would like to acknowledge its generous members for their tremendous support over the years--support never more crucial than it is now. In addition, the museum proudly recognizes the following members who upgraded their memberships by one or more giving levels this year.

Mr. James A. Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Briggs
Markeeta and John S. Brown
Ms. Hilda Carney
Ms. Chris Christian and Mr. Tim Renick
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Ms. Marilyn M. George
Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Hathaway
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Hubbard, Jr.
Ms. Debora Juarez
Drs. Rosalyn I. and Peter L. Knepell
Ed Reaves and Elizabeth Langston
Mr. David LaPlantz and Ms. Carol Washburn
Phyllis Lehmberg and Stanford Lehmberg
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Maffie
Mr. Ken Margolis and Ms. Rosalie Brandon
Ms. Mary E. McElroy
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ogur
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Osborn
Reverend Robert Park
Mr. and Mrs. George Ramonas
Ms. Elizabeth Raspolic
Ms. Patricia L. Stone and Dr. Robert Samuels
Mr. Roland Tharp and Ms. Stephanie S. Dalton
James K. and Cynthia H. Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Wright

Click here or call Guin White, Membership Director at 505.428.5909 if you would like to join or upgrade your membership with the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

We strive for perfect accuracy, so please contact Guin White at membership@iaia.edu to report any errors or omissions.

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Through 01/02/11
Dry Ice: Alaska Native Artists and the Landscape; Oblique Drift: Nicholas Galanin; Round-UP: Torry Mendoza; It Wasn't a Dream of Golden Cities: PostCommodity; Matterings: Rose Simpson; and Apaches & Angels: Douglas Miles

Through 09/12/10
Annual Denise Wallace Jewelry Showcase

09/17/10 through 10/31/10
Doggie Dog - celebrating the important role of man's best friend in Native culture

09/18/10, 12-3 PM
Doggie Dog exhibit opening reception -- dogs welcome!

09/25/10, 1-2 PM
Nicholas Galanin artist talk

09/25/10, 3-5 PM
KiKi Belmonte Schaller book reading and signing

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09/02/10 through 09/23/10

Art Rush: 3rd Annual 'Art In' Exhibit
09/02, 5:00 PM Opening Reception
Primitive Edge Gallery

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