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May 2012   

IAIA graduating class of 1971. Click on photo to see larger view.  


celebrating 50 Years! 


In 1962, a high school for Native Americans opened its doors in Santa Fe. The school has now grown into a four-year college serving nearly 400 students and remains the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts.


As we celebrate five decades on this very special commencement week, I'd also like to congratulate the 48 graduates who will begin a new a journey. Forty-six of them will receive baccalaureate degrees. We wish you joy, strength and all the wonderful gifts the Creator has bestowed upon us as you go forth on your new journey. For those of us who cannot be at the commencement ceremony, the event will be streamed live online starting at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11. Please check www.iaia.edu for streaming information. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams will also join us to highlight our ceremony on the news show's annual commencement segment broadcasting the first week in June.

As the year continues, we will have many exciting events to celebrate our milestone, including the annual benefit dinner and auction August 15 and our 50th celebration on October 13. Our archivist, Ryan Flahive, has also created an interactive time line of IAIA's journey through the years.

-Dr. Robert Martin

center for lifelong education   

The Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) has received a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide facilitation and training to create safer communities in the Pueblo of Zuni and some chapters of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. The grant will also fund a two-year project to strengthen parent and community leader advocacy in public schools in McKinley and San Juan counties.

"Due to depressed economies and other factors, tribes in rural New Mexico have faced persistently diminishing economic, educational, social, and health conditions because of fragmented and ineffective tribal, state and federal approaches to address local needs," CLE Director Hayes Lewis said. "...The development of these community-initiated, culturally-derived and sustainable solutions will enable achievement and support for the most vulnerable population--the children."

Created in 2009, the CLE is dedicated to preserving and strengthening tribal communities, and enhancing sovereignty. The CLE is the primary outreach and extension center of IAIA, and works directly in support of Pueblo communities and tribes throughout the Southwest.

Benjamin Ridgeway

The Digital Dome at IAIA is bringing currents 2012, the third annual Santa Fe international new media art festival, to the campus June 22 - July 8. This citywide festival explores the role of technology and the diverse applications of new media arts, and includes exhibitions, multimedia performances, workshops and panel discussions. The Digital Dome will host several screenings, including a film by IAIA and UNM students at 5 p.m. July 6.   


This is the second year that the Digital Dome will host the currents festival in partnership with Parallel Studios, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe University of Art and Design and others. This year will be an expanded show by seven artists from across the nation and Canada who created films or experimental art specially designed for the spherical-shaped Dome.  The  first opening at the Dome is set for 4 p.m. June 23. Check currents 2012 for a listing of films at the Digital Dome, as well as other festival events across Santa Fe.  

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Self Portrait, 1969 
museum of contemporary Native arts

Spend Memorial Day weekend with MoCNA as the museum has many events planned during the holiday weekend:

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Opening reception 5 p.m. May 25

Nearly 40 IAIA alumni working in all disciplines were invited for this self-portraiture show. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of IAIA and gives face to those who have passed through its doors.

2nd Annual Art Market

May 26-28

Nearly a dozen artists, IAIA alumni working in pottery, photography, painting and other mediums, will sell their art outside the museum's portal. A listing of artists can be seen here.

Read more museum news.

Gerald Cournoyer 
mocna store    


Vision Quest
Lloyd Kiva New Gallery in the MoCNA Store
Opening reception 3 p.m. May 26

Drawing from his Oglala ancestry, Gerald Cournoyer "Mato Ta Ota" (His Many Bears) uses symbolism of geometric shapes, vibrant color and repetitive motif in his upcoming show, Vision Quest. Initially inspired by Fritz Scholder, Allan Houser, T.C. Cannon, and others, Cournoyer, an IAIA alumnus, amalgamates images of raven interpreters with quillwork symbolism or depicts a series of Indian Drinking Coffee in satire but never a departure from his South Dakota surroundings and heritage.

Alumnae Katheen Wall and Penny Singer at the 2011 benefit dinner and auction at the LaFonda Hotel
alumni news 

The $50 for the 50th Alumni Appeal has had a good response, and it is never too late to donate!  The donations have been divided between the Alumni Scholarship and the Alumni Fund, but you can designate a specific fund, if you prefer.  If $50 doesn't fit in your budget, any amount is welcome. And if $50 seems a very small amount to commemorate your time at IAIA, then by all means gives more!  Please donate online here, or contact Gracie Schild, Advancement Services Coordinator, at 505-424-2310 or gschild@iaia.edu.

Thanks for helping current and future students with their educational dreams.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin, Laurie Logan Brayshaw, IAIA Office of Sponsored Programs and Institutional Research Director, and USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner  
other news

IAIA has received a $215,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development's Tribal College Initiative Community Facility Grant program, which provides support to tribal colleges for infrastructure projects. The funding will be used toward a new $2 million, two-story welcome center that will include human resources, student recruitment, financial administration and other IAIA support services. The building will be a wing of the current Science and Technology Building on the north side of campus. Ground-breaking is tentatively scheduled for next year.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented IAIA a certificate of congratulations and obligation on May 10.

general info

IAIA's mission is to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach.
We welcome your inquiries iaiacommunications@iaia.edu

Institute of American Indian Arts
505.424.2300 | iaia.edu

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
505.983.1666 | iaia.edu/museum

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calendar of events

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Ongoing until July 31  
Under the Influence: Iroquois Artists at IAIA
Ladies and Gentlemen:
This is the Buffalo Show


Click here for upcoming shows. 


MoCNA Store presents:

Gerald Cournoyer  

Open Reception - 3 p.m. May 26 

Lloyd Kiva New Gallery



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May 9- 11 

Cultural Tourism Conference

Moenkopi, Ariz.
Click here for information. 















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11 a.m., May 11
The event will be streamed live online. Check www.iaia.edu for details.










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