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December 2011  

mocna store    
For one of a kind holiday gifts, visit the MoCNA Store this December. Our "Indigenous Bling" jewelry show features work by esteemed alums, Wanesia Misquadace, Fritz Casuse and Anthony Lovato. In addition, our selection of contemporary and traditional pottery will be on sale for 20% off until the end of December. We have a huge selection of books, including the Museum's brand new publication on contemporary Native art, Manifestations. For the younger set, we have Native American Night Before Christmas and Native American 12 Days of Christmas. The store also has Pendleton blankets, t-shirts, stuffed animals, body lotions, DVD's, tankabars from South Dakota and maple syrup candy from Minnesota. If you don't want to buy, come visit us anyway. Take a look at the 3-D paintings of alum, Ishtoken Dougi as well as other exciting works by graduates of IAIA.

alumni news

Please join the IAIA community on Saturday December 3, 2011 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for the 5th Annual IAIA Holiday Market. There will be fabulous jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, holiday crafts, baked goods and holiday gifts made by IAIA alumni, faculty, staff, students and other Native American artisans. The IAIA Culture Club will provide frito pies and snacks and live entertainment will highlight this annual holiday event. The Holiday Market is located in the Library and Technology building. Buy local and support the IAIA community! This is a free event and free parking!

IAIA Alumni are invited to attend our first annual IAIA Holiday Mixer, Friday December 9, 2011 at the Traders Collection Gallery on 219 Galisteo St. from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Learn about IAIA news from President Dr. Martin, meet new alumni and old friends, stay connected and be involved. Come and celebrate the holiday at this festive event.

For more information regarding Alumni News, Contact Marita Hinds at 505-424-5704 or mhinds@iaia.edu

Courtney M. Leonard 

Frank Buffalo Hyde



Artist Talk: Courtney M. Leonard
Cultural Continuity: Tradition as Contemporary Context
December 10, 2011, 2:00 - 3:00 pm MoCNA Boardroom

In conjunction with MoCNA's exhibition Counting Coup, Courtney M. Leonard will present on her practice. Leonard (Shinnecock), and IAIA alumna, is a multimedia artist who explores the evolution of language, image, and culture through mixed media pieces of clay, video, audio, and tangible objects. Her lecture will focus on the aspect that "tradition is not stagnant: through the continuity of her work, which lies within the carrying of tradition through cross cultural connections and material adaptation.

(Courtney M. Leonard's artist talk is supported through the Ford Foundation.)

December 10, 2011
MoCNA Artist in Residence
Open Studio with Frank Buffalo Hyde
1:00 - 4:00 pm

MoCNA's Artist In Resident Frank Buffalo Hyde opens his studio to the public. Buffalo Hyde, (Nez Perce/Onondaga), also and IAIA alum, draws upon imagery from popular culture to present alternative perspectives on contemporary Native experiences. Come visit to see what he has been working on.   

 IAIA Digital Dome 2011

Here at the Institute of American Indian Arts, our students work on Macintosh work stations to create their art. When creating the Digital Dome Production course we ran into a major obstacle, how to run PC based software on a Mac. In the dome we run Sky-Skan's DigitalSky 2 software, but Sky-Skan does not offer support for running the software on a Macintosh.

We had our trusty student intern, Joseph "Seph" Turnipseed at the helm of this task. After several attempts, Seph was able to successfully install Windows 95 using Bootcamp and install DigitalSky 2. A couple of tweaks later and now our students can preview their files before going into the dome to test. It's a great way to get to know the software and learn scripting.


primitive edge gallery

Money and Wealth
Student Winter Exhibit from December 7th - January 20th Join us for the Opening Reception: December 7th 5-7pm

This exhibition is brought to you by the MUSM 190.02: Art and Exhibit Prep class as part of their final project. Please come out and support the wonderful works of our students.

Artists: Heidi Brandow, Lauren Frank, Upton Ethelbah, Bryan Akipa, August Walker, Anna Nelson, Monty Little, Veronica Jourdain, Judith Vicenti, Rachel Kuc', Azizah Muhammad, Carlo Ray Martinez, Sydney Davis, Joanne Morales, Dylan Iron Shirt

Student curators: Dedric Lupe, Brian Shemayme, Keith Secola, Rylan Bourke, Mildred Raphaelito, Rose Marie Cutropia, Sydney Davis, Jasmine Lorentz, Genea Vallo, Azizah Muhammad
Open and free to the public - Refreshments will be served

2nd Annual IAIA Art Competition
YES! It is that time again! The IAIA Art competition will be taking place in the Primitive Edge Gallery in February 2012. More details on submission and categories will be coming soon through IAIA email, so keep on the look out!

Questions? primitiveedge@iaia.edu/ 428 - 5813  

Basketball League
3 on 3 Basketball League Champs: Joshua Hunter, Blue Tarpalechee & Sara Beckstrom
student life


The 2011 Fall Semester is coming to an end and the students are busy with finals and critiques.  The following are some activities and events that are happening in the Student Life area:  

Dec. 1: Community Holiday Lunch at the Bon Appétit Cafe
Dec. 2: ASG Christmas Party at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center 
             from 4-8pm   
Dec. 2: Men's & Women's Sweatlodge Ceremony at the sweatlodge area 
             from 5-9pm
Dec. 3: Snow Sledding - meet at 1pm at the Recreation Center 
Dec. 4: Ping Pong Tournament at the  Recreation Center beginning at 7pm 
Dec. 7: UA North Movies at 7pm 
Dec. 8: Bonfire with marshmallows & hot chocolate at the fire circle in Family Housing

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

The last of November and first of December, Jaime Gaskin and Hayes A. Lewis attended the W. K. Kellog Grantee Convening at Tamaya Resort. The CLE is one of 50 grantees in the State of New Mexico. This convening provided an opportunity to interact directly with Program Officers and to strengthen collaborations. In December the CLE staff continued with direct involvement to support the Pueblos of Cochiti, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Sandia and Zia to plan ways to strengthen tribal involvement with Bernalillo Public Schools. The CLE staff have facilitated meetings with the tribal educators and Governors to enhance their understanding of PL 81-874 Impact Aid, The NM Indian Education Act and the Indian Policies and Procedures associated with Impact Aid funding so the tribes will be able to renegotiate relations and more effectively influence policy & support the needs of children. The CLE staff have been assisting the Laguna tribe to plan a Tribal Youth Summit for December 14 at the Laguna Middle School. On December 28 & 29, the CLE staff will provide a team building facilitation for the Zuni Board of Education, school administrators, tribal council, and parents in the Zuni Public Schools.  

Shanna Serawop is a senior this year graduating in Spring 2012.She is a member of the Northern Ute and Hopi Tribes.
student thoughts  

Experiment as much as possible especially with different mediums and take advantage of the studios offered. Even if you mess up, like with these panels, I cut them wrong, a mistake can be cool art. Don't try to impress instructors or other people but impress yourself with your dedication. Practice and master your technique - stay true to who you are. Don't get down about critiques, everyone is entitled to an opinion. They are trying to help you improve yourself as an artist!


-- Shanna Serawop

general info

IAIA's mission is to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach.

Wendy Ortega - Editor 
IAIA Director of Communications and Marketing

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505.424.2300 | iaia.edu

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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


MoCNA Store  presents:

Indigenous Bling - December 2-31, 2011

Open Reception - December 3rd, 2-4 PM



12/10/11 Open Studio, 1 PM- 4 PM 

Frank Buffalo Hyde

MoCNA Studio 


12/10/11 Artist Talk, 2 PM - 3 PM

Courtney M. Leonard

MoCNA Boardroom


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12/3/11, 9 AM - 4 PM 
IAIA Holiday Art Market Library & Technology Center

12/7/11 - 1/20/11 Student Winter Exhibit
Primitive Edge Gallery 12/7/11 Reception, 5 PM - 7 PM

2/11 - IAIA Art Competition  
Information coming soon!  










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