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September 2012   

Please join us as the Institute of American Indian Arts hosts an open house and 50th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the IAIA campus. Several events have been planned, including panel sessions on IAIA's impact on Creative Writing, Indigenous Studies, museum studies, and studio and new media arts. Other events include campus tours, a keynote speech by Dr. Gerald McMaster, a '74 alumnus and co-artistic director for the 2012 Sydney Biennale in Australia, a dedication of IAIA's greenhouse, and food, music and games. 
For a listing of other events, please click here. To view a timeline of IAIA's 50-year history, go to www.iaia.edu/50th. 

Chaos to Creativity:
An artist and scientist series 
museum of contemporary native arts    

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Santa Fe Institute will kick off a series, Chaos to Complexity: Artists & Scientists Share Insights Into the Creative Process, at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 exploring the creative process in art and science at MoCNA's Allan Houser Art Park.

Cochiti Pueblo artist Mateo Romero and SFI Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West discuss their respective disciplines from analysis to collaboration to environment to illumination, and how they inspire their chosen paths. Moderated by SFI's Valerie Plame Wilson. The event is free but RSVP is recommended. Please contact Hayes Locklear, 505.428.5907 or hlocklear@iaia.edu.

The Lensic, IAIA, and the Santa Fe Art Institute co-present Walking at the Edge of 
Water, a contemporary indigenous dance production led by director and internationally known choreographer Rulan Tangen and her performance company, Dancing Earth, Sept. 28-29 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. Included in the performance are jeweler and painter Tony Abeyta and poet Sherwin Bitsui, both IAIA alumni.

For more information about Walking on the Edge of Water, click here. To buy tickets, go to www.TicketsSantaFe.org.

 On New Mexico's ballots Nov. 6 
support for General Obligation Bond C    

IAIA is part of a nearly $120 million bond issue to renovate and upgrade higher education facilities. If approved by New Mexico voters on Nov. 6, IAIA's funding will go toward new classrooms and a visitor's center. Education officials say there will be no tax increases. Help higher education in New Mexico by approving General Obligation Bond C. Early voting starts Oct. 9. Absentee voting starts Oct. 20. The general election is Nov. 6.

For more information about General Obligation Bond C and a listing of projects, go to  educationbondc.com/index.html.

There was no end, Jason Baerg's
interactive installation showing at the Dome during ISEA's Santa Fe Day 
digital dome hosts international art and science symposium on Santa Fe Day   


The Digital Dome at IAIA will host artwork and other entries in the 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), a multi-site exhibition exploring art, science and technology, during Santa Fe Day, Sept. 25.


The six-day conference, which is being hosted for the first time in the U.S. in six years, starts Sept. 19 in Albuquerque. ISEA has included other New Mexico cities, including Santa Fe as host sites. Santa Fe Day will include events at several City Different locations, in addition to exhibitions, discussions and a reception at the Digital Dome, an open house at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, as well as a GPS-guided sound walk around the IAIA campus.  


For a listing of ISEA events at IAIA, click here. For more information about ISEA and Santa Fe Day go to www.isea2012.org.  All ISEA events at IAIA are free. 

associated student government &
constitution day & voter drive Sept. 17 

The Associated Student Government (ASG) meetings are scheduled every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) conference room. 1. Meetings are open to students, faculty and staff. 
Additionally, the ASG would like to say thanks and show appreciation to the artists and individuals who donated items for the 2012 Vital Strides Auction during Indian Market weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. The ASG had an excellent turnout and the organization couldn't have done it without you. Funds raised will go toward ASG activities and events for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Center for Student Life will host Constitution Day Sept. 17 at noon the CLE Commons. The federal government requires all educational institutions to commemorate the September 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution. A voter registration drive will be held and a video about the importance of voting and the Native Vote created by the Santa Clara Pueblo youth and Northern New Mexico College will be shown. And a U.S. Constitution trivia contest will be held - students check your email and Blackboard for details on how to get a U.S. Constitution pocket handbook to help you compete in the contest to win gift certificates. Native Vote 2012 T-shirts & bumper stickers will be also available. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., with events starting at 12:15 p.m. Meal plan students show your ID, non-meal plan students sign-in and lunch for faculty/staff is $5. For more information, contact Jackie Chitto at 424-2337 or jchitto@iaia.edu.

Almunus dg nanouk okpik's first poetry collection
creative writing

Like the rest of the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Creative Writing Department is looking back and ahead at the same time, looking back at 50 years of producing writers and planning for the Institute's first MFA program.

IAIA alumni have four books of poetry and two books of fiction scheduled for publication in the next year: Corpse Whale by dg nanouk okpik is just out from the University of Arizona Press, Leaving Tulsa by Jennifer Elise Foerster is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in 2013, In Tongues by Kateri Menominee, and Outlaw Neon by Ungelbah Daniel-Davila will be published in the Effigies series from Salt Press in 2013, and two books of fiction, The Crane Story, Parts 1 & 2, by Cathy Tagnak Rexford, will be published in 2012 & 2013 by the North Slope Borough School District.

Four current students will receive 2012-13 Truman Capote Scholarships: Sasha LaPointe, Paige Buffington, Byron Aspaas, and Monty Little. For more information on what's going on with the Creative Writing Department, click here.

emergency management planning

The IAIA staff has started the process to update its Emergency Management Plan to prepare the campus for severe weather, fire or other emergency situations to ensure health and safety for all on campus. IAIA's Emergency Management Plan will help provide a guide for clear decision-making, such as designating staff roles so that there is no overlap in services, outlining the process for internal campus communication and external communication, and recovery.

The process is expected to take about a year and will have some level of involvement from students, faculty and staff. The planning group, which includes the Dean of Students, the Director of Housing, Communications and Marketing, I.T., Facilities and Finance, started the process by attending a three-day Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education course sponsored by Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA last month. The training certifies those involved and also allows for IAIA to apply for FEMA federal funding, with the stipulation that the campus will follow FEMA's guidelines in an emergency.

Live Long and Prosper (Spock
was a half-breed) - IAIA alum Debra Yeppa-Pappan on the Santa Fe New Mexican's arts magazine cover 8.17.12
iaia in the news  

Here's a re-cap of some of the recent news stories about IAIA and its centers:

Earth Notes: In Santa Fe, Creative Conservation Begins at School - KANU Public Radio
Institute of American Indian Arts receives USDA grant - KOB.com

 IAIA: The New School - New Mexico Magazine

MoCNA presents Four Native Artists Solo Exhibitions - Native News Network.com

Student poems by J. Figueroa, K. Montoya, and more - Tribal College Journal

Preview of 50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years exhibition - THE Magazine (page 44)

IAIA's Declaration of Interdependence - Green Fire Times (page 11)

general info

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calendar of events

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

August 17 - December 31   
50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years 
Fifty influential artists and IAIA alumni
exhibit works created at IAIA during the
five decades the institute has been open.

August 17 - December 31

Four Fall Concurrent Solo Exhibitions

Four IAIA alumni will present their work
in solo exhibitions.


MoCNA Store presents:

T.C. Cannon Pops   

August 17 - September 17   

Lloyd Kiva New Gallery  





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IAIA logo     


September 6-20 - IAIA's student Primitive Edge Gallery will showcase the art created during the 5th annual Art Rush event. For public viewing hours or for more information, click here.

September 10-11 - ASG Vice President Election - Voting stations will be set up by the cafeteria for students to cast their votes for a vice-president. Check your email and Blackboard for voting times. Announcement of the election results will be announced on September 12.

September 14
 - A men's and women's  Sweat Lodge Purification Ceremony will start with the fire at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony will follow at 7 p.m., with a potluck dinner immediately after at the Student Success Center kitchen. For more information, contact Greer McSpadden or Carmen Henan.

September 17 - Constitution Day - Activities include voter registration and a Native Vote video. Native Vote 2012  T-shirts & bumper stickers will be available. Lunch will be served.
September 19 - September's Community Gathering featuring the IAIA NASA Internship Program in the CLE Commons. A community lunch will start at 11:45 a.m. Meal plan students show your ID; non-meal plan students sign in. Lunch for faculty and staff is $5.

October 13 - IAIA's 50th Anniversary celebration. Click  here for more information. 

October 6 -25 - Primitive Edge Gallery's annual Art in the Raw exhibition. Click here for more information.  
December 8
- The IAIA Alumni Association will host the 6th Annual Holiday Art Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IAIA campus. The association has put out a call for artists. For more information, contact Gracie Schild at 434-2310 or gschild@iaia.edu.


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