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November 2011  

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Photo by Norm Johnson

iaia open house  
You are invited to attend the IAIA Open House on Friday, November 4, 2011 on the IAIA Campus. During your guided tour of the campus you will meet students, explore our facilities and see demonstrations along the way. We will have art on display and share some amazing technology being used to create unique art pieces. The Primitive Edge Gallery will be open and the Digital Dome will immerse you in a 360 degree visual experience. 
Come enjoy the fire pit with a roaring fire for s'mores and refreshments for all.  
Open House
IAIA Campus - FREE and open to the Public
Friday, November 4th  from 4:30-6:30pm

Rose Simpson
Reach by Rose B. Simpson
Copyright 2002

a celebration of iaia: 
the art of being human

Learn more about what happens at IAIA and who makes it happen during an hour-long anthology of live performance and media. Experience the blending of an education of contemporary art with the art of education and a push to explore one's human boundaries. Be inspired to build your own creative traditions.


Special guest:  Rose B. Simpson, IAIA Alumna and current adjunct faculty member 



November 1, 2011, 6:30 pm - FREE and open to the public

The Lensic Performing Arts Center

211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM


This event is made possible through a Lensic Community Sponsorship. 

Jesus Barraza piece         by Jesus Barraza


mocna -- jesus barraza  


The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)


The Institute of American Indian Arts Campus (IAIA)


Jesus Barraza is an activist printmaker based in San Leandro, California. Using bold colors and high contrast images, his prints reflect both his local and global community and their resistance in a struggle to create a new world. Printmaking has allowed Barraza to produce relevant images that can be put back into the hands of his community and spread throughout the world.


Jesus Barraza will conduct a hands-on screen-printing workshop with an introduction to the basics of screen-printing. Jesus will create a poster design for the workshop that will focus on local issues. The workshop will also include a slide presentation of prints and posters that Jesus created by himself and art that he has printed with other artists, including his partner Melanie Cervantes.


Lecture: November 12, 2011 from 2-3 pm  

MoCNA Boardroom

Free and Open to the Public   


Workshop: November 14, 2011 from 2-5pm

IAIA Campus Printmaking Studio / Administration Building 

The workshop is currently full                     


For more information Contact:  Hayes A. Locklear, Museum Education Program Coordinator 505-428-5907 or e-mail: hlocklear@iaia.edu 

Halloween Dance
Students attending the Halloween Dance

Student Life - Rappin 2010
Annual Rapping conference hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah 

student life

It's hard to believe that November is approaching so fast. With midterms out of the way, it's time for some Halloween fun. In the CLE-RC the RA's have a door decorating contest planned which will include family housing. The ASG and Activities will be hosting a dance and costume contest. In addition to the costume contest, they will have plenty of pumpkins available for carving. On Halloween day, children of the IAIA community (staff included) will be trick or treating around campus.


Aside from Halloween, RJ Martinez took three RA's to the annual Rapping conference which was hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah. The conference was a success and they were able to connect and exchange ideas with many other colleges. IAIA was one of two tribal colleges that took part, the other being, Dine College.


Activities wrapped up a successful 3 on 3 basketball league, with a tournament. Championship games will be on Thursday, October 27th. There are plans to have another league in the spring.


Oct. 25th-29th Albuquerque hosted the annual NIEA conference, which was attended by Carmen Henan and Alli Moran, ASG Vice President.


In November, ASG has plans to have a Karaoke night and will announce the start of their annual canned food drive. Check your email for upcoming activities in November. 

Dean Ann's book
Growing Paradise is a unique artist collaboration including poems by Dr. Ann Filemyr

Lunch Lecture   Lunchtime Lecture Series
news from the college

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will host poet and Dean of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Dr. Ann Filemyr, for a special celebration of her new Fine Press book. Growing Paradise is a unique artistic collaboration based on nineteen poems utilizing fruit as metaphor. The book is a limited edition of 36 handmade books, signed and numbered, richly illustrated by Piero Fenci and Elizabeth Akamatsu. It is published by master printmaker Charles Jones of LaNana Creek Press in Nacogdoches, Texas. The event is free and open to the public on November 6, 2011 from 2-4 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. 


In November the Dean's office hosts weekly lunch lectures. On November 16, Kim Parko, poet, artist and teacher of English will present research, artwork and sabbatical experiences. On November 9, Math faculty Belin Tsinnajinnie will present on the findings of his doctoral research in math education for Native American and Hispanic youth. On November 30, a panel of three IAIA scholars: Michelle McGeough, Museum Studies Chair, Ryan Rice, Chief Curator at MoCNA, and James Stevens, poet and Creative Writing faculty, will present on Native/Aboriginal queer identity. The lunch lecture series is free and open to everyone.


The annual "Grad School Day" will be on the morning of Wednesday, November 5 for all IAIA students interested in attending graduate or professional schools following the completion of their Baccalaureate degrees.



In November, our Digital Dome Director, Ethan Bach will participate on a panel at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in Portland, Oregon. The session is entitled, "Advancing Tribal Communities through Participation in the Digital Age". The session will focus on broadband broadcasting and new technologies for disseminating information. The session will be November 1, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Oregon Convention Center.


Advancing Tribes Through Participation in the Digital Age
The country overall has begun its transition from analog to digital media and communications services. In order for Indian Country to be competitive and productive participants in the national and global economies, tribes must actively expand, create, and retain access to broadband services. This session will focus on various forms of funding criteria available to tribes for the establishment of tribally owned and operated telecommunications, and also highlight benefits to healthcare, education, and tribal governance through utilization of broadband services.


Our shared journey toward tribal prosperity

With every step and every action we take as Native people and sovereign nations our footsteps carry us toward a new era of tribal prosperity. The ever-increasing depth of our cultures, strength of our traditions, and diversity of our Native resources serve as a guide on the path to reaching the new meaning of tribal prosperity; defined by the health of our people, the strength of our sovereignty, and the vibrancy of our nations. At NCAI's 68th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon we celebrate together, the journey our ancestors embarked on generations before us. As we step forward together on this path we fulfill our promise to the generations to come.


Students attending the Youth Summit

Outdoor game
Students playing an outdoor native game during the Youth Summit     
the center for lifelong education

The CLE Director and staff continue to support Pueblo tribal educators and leadership through facilitated meetings to strengthen community capacity and self-advocacy to address issues related to federal/state law & application, funding, inequity in services and state educational policy.  


Several educational improvement meetings are being held:

  • Organizational Strengthening Session-Five Sandoval Pueblos Program directors:  November 2
  • Indian Policies & Procedures training with Five Sandoval Pueblo tribal educators: November 2
  • Five Sandoval Pueblos tribal Governor's meeting on state/federal educational policies: November 15

The CLE has been involved with Zuni Pueblo over the past year and a half to strengthen community capacity to address community wide wellness issues and needs.  Zuni Community Empowerment meetings are in November.

  • Facilitation of retreat for Zuni Youth Empowerment Program Advisory Council.  November 12 & 13
  • Presentation at Zuni Board of Education on suicide prevention and curriculum.  November 14

We have also been working with several international entities, including:

  • Centro de Desarrollo Humano Hacia la Comunidad (CEDEHC) and an Indigenous healers and youth leadership conference, held in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. October 27 through November 3
  • Human Rights and Advocacy presentation for 16 Middle Eastern visitors in collaboration with Santa Fe Council on International Relations on November 8th - call Nona Naranjo for more information:  505.424.2387

Alumni photo
IAIA Alumna Kathleen Wall, '95, Koshare titled, "School Spirit" Give me an "I" AYE!"

alumni news 

Calling all alumni!  Let's start the IAIA Alumni Association

- created by alumni for alumni! Alumni play a vital role within IAIA - get involved to establish your Alumni Association! There are a few committed volunteers, but we need more. Won't you be a part of this exciting time? All Alumni interested please contact Marita Hinds at 505-424-5704 or




Saturday, December 3, 2011

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


IAIA Alumni, faculty, staff, students, student clubs and other Native American artists are welcome!  Held on the IAIA campus in the Library and Technology Center, the market will offer one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts, food and other exciting items for sale!   


For application and information contact:

Marita Hinds: 505.424.5704

or email mhinds@iaia.edu


Senior Thesis
primitive edge gallery  

Senior Thesis Exhibition

Nov 3rd - Nov 23rd

  • Gesture of Steel by Adam Maria
  • Connections in Ceramic by Janet Travis
  • "I" is for Indian by Benjamin J. Garza 
  • Honoring Our Elders by Conjotee Chuleewah
  • Opening Reception Nov 3rd 5-7pm


Upcoming Exhibits

Student Winter Exhibit: Money and Wealth

Dec 7th - Jan 20th, 2012

Opening Reception Dec 7th 5-7pm


Submissions are open to all current IAIA students. Deadline to submit is Nov 10th.



Writing workshop with Russel Stolins

Learn to write effective artist statements and bios

Thursday December 3rd 12-1 pm

Distance learning Lab, CLE


Contact: primitiveedge@iaia.edu / 505.428.5813

Nasa Group
IAIA students at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.
students visit nasa 

Instructor J. Craig Tompkins took a group of IAIA students to NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida as part of their summer internship program. These students spent two and a half months in Florida working at NASA and exploring the area surrounding Cape Canaveral. Students are continuing work on several projects in a group independent study during the fall semester. One project is a 3D animation debuting in Orlando, Florida during a simulation conference hosted by SISO (Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization).


The students are also part of a NASA internship working with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) on their e-Humanity Portal. This internship was a first for both IAIA and NASA. The paid internship runs from early June to mid August. If you have any interest in this opportunity please feel free to contact Craig (jtompkins@iaia.edu) or see Internship positions on NASA's SOLAR site:https://intern.nasa.gov/solar/web/public/main/ 

Student - Melanie
Melanie Ellis is a senior this year in the Creative Writing Department.She is a member of the Oneida tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
student thoughts  

"Creative writing comes out from the heart of despair, creating something positive out of something negative."


-- Melanie Ellis






Rad Jewelry
IAIA students creating new jewelry from old jewelry for the Radical Jewelry Makeover.

around IAIA...

We have had tremendous success with the Ethical Metalsmith's Organization's Radical Jewelry Makeover. This is a traveling community mining and recycling project that uses donated jewelry to create an alternative to mining and manufactured jewelry. IAIA students, local jewelers and Alumni have taken donated jewelry and created new jewelry pieces!


IAIA had 20 Students and Alumni participate and the finished "Madeover" jewelry will be exhibited and auctioned at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian October 28-November 27, 2011. There will be an opening reception October 28.


Visit the Wheelwright Museum to see the exhibit! 


Images of Indians From Reel to Reel

Presentation by Victoria Mudd

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 2:30 - 5:00pm, LTC Auditorium and Lobby 


Images Matter! Since the invention of the motion picture camera, thousands of films and TV shows have been made on the subject of the American Indian.  In this presentation, clips from such films as Stagecoach, Little Big Man, Dances with Wolves and Smoke Signals are interspersed with commentary on their historical and social implications.



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For detailed information about how your gift makes a difference, please contact Kirsten Jasna at 505.424.2309 or kjasna@iaia.edu. 

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IAIA Director of Communications and Marketing

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calendar of events

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Through 12/31/11
Counting Coup 


MoCNA's Vision Project Gallery presents:

Rock & Roll Photo Coup - James Luna

and Last Supper - C.Maxx Stevens


Through Our Eyes:  A Mother and Son Perspective

The Lloyd Kiva New Gallery @ MoCNA

October 7 - November 27, 2011

Opening Reception October 7th

5:00 - 7:00 pm 



11/6/11 Book Launch, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Growing Paradise, by Dean Ann Filemyer, College of Contemporary Native Arts

Reception to follow reading


11/12/11 Lecture, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jesus Barraza, "The History and Future Xican @ Political Graphics" 


11/13/11, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jesus Barraza Screen Printing Workshop at the Santa Fe Art Institute


11/14/11, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Jesus Barraza Political Poster Workshop

IAIA Printmaking Studio 


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11/1/11, 6:30 PM
The Art of Being Human at the Lensic

11/4/11, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Campus Open House

Primitive Edge Gallery
Senior Thesis Exhibition

11/9/11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  
        Lunch Lecture Series: Belin Tsinnajinnie - "Developing Indigenous and Latino Students' Mathematical Identities"
CLE Commons Area

11/10/11, 7:00 pm
Visiting Writer - Ana Castillo
Public Reading in the CLE Commons Area

11/16/11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm       
Lunch Lecture Series:  Kim Parko - The Sabbatical Experience CLE Commons Area

11/30/11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch Lecture Series:  Panel Discussion "AlterNative:  Queer Identity and Issues in Indigenous Arts"
With Michelle McGeough (Museum Studies Faculty), James Stevens (Creative Writing Faculty), and Ryan Rice (Chief Curator, MoCNA)
 CLE Commons Area










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