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March 2014    

IAIA dedicates newest building on campus;
opens largest alumni biennial show 

Celebrating growth, the future and the breadth and depth of work by alumni, IAIA will open its new two-story building with a ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony and alumni art show from 1 - 3 p.m. March 26.

The 15,000-square-foot addition adjacent to the Science and Technology Building will house the administration offices, as well as Admissions, Financial Aid and other student support services.

The new Welcome Center includes meeting rooms, public art space and a gallery where the first large-scale alumni show, Salutations: 1st IAIA Public Art Biennial, will open on campus featuring more than 40 IAIA graduates, including Chas Jamison Banks, Jeff Kahm, Daniel McCoy, Jr., Melissa Melero, and Charlene Teters.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Alex Shapiro, 505.424.2309 or [email protected].

IAIA applies for re- accreditation from the HLC and NASAD 
IAIA applies for reaccreditation   
IAIA has applied for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The HLC accreditation, given every 10 years, ensures that higher learning institutions are operating properly, credits can transfer to other institutions and students can participate in federal financial aid programs. The NASAD is national accreditation that approves arts programs.

"They verify what we say we do is what we actually do," said Bill Sayre, director of IAIA's Institutional Research, adding that the process is like quality control and assurance. "They don't tell us how to teach or what majors to have - they verify what we say we teach is what we teach and the students are learning what we are teaching."
IAIA is the only college in New Mexico accredited by NASAD. The HLC accredits all institutions of higher education in the U.S. Mountain West and Midwest. The HLC and NASAD teams are faculty and staff from tribal colleges, small liberal arts colleges and art schools.
During the past year, teams of faculty and staff have been working on two separate self-studies, a review of IAIA's programs and improvements over the past 10 years highlighting IAIA's strengths and successes. The public also had a chance to provide input about IAIA's programs. The now completed studies can be viewed online by clicking here.
Both HLC and NASAD teams are set to visit IAIA later this month. For more information about the reaccreditation process or questions about the self-studies, contact Bill Sayre at [email protected] or 505.424.2364. 


Indigenous Liberal Studies conference starts March 13 
ILS hosts first Indigenous intervention

IAIA's Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Program will host the first Indigenous Intervention, an international Indigenous conference on the concept of progress, March 13-15 at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque.

The Indigenous Intervention on Progress is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the idea of progress. The concept, as it applies to art, business, culture, economics, education, health, history, land, literature, music, philosophy, politics and social theory, has many applications. It also has many responses in the Indigenous world, including assimilation, economic development, educational reform, cultural change, artistic expression, evolution/devolution, language revitalization or preservation, and psychology, according to Stephen Wall (White Earth Reservation), conference organizer and chairman of IAIA's ILS Department.

"The idea is simply to bring people together to talk about ideas on issues that affect Indigenous people worldwide," Wall said. "Both in our individual communities and worldwide the dominant society has had mass influence. It's really important to create a forum to share information, create knowledge and learn from each other that there is a real need, in an international sense, for intervention."

The keynote speaker is artist and IAIA alumna Rose B. Simpson. Day rates and a special undergraduate rate for the entire conference at $50 are available. For more information or see a conference schedule, click here.

Students found advice during Flash Mentoring event 

Artist and alumna Rose B. Simpson was the keynote speaker at the Student Success Summit 
Student Success Center motivates students

Looking to provide a welcoming place and support students intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically, IAIA's Student Success Center hosted two big events to motivate and recruit students.

More than 100 people attended the Student Success Summit, an annual campuswide event designed to mentor students. This year staff, faculty and students participated in Flash Mentoring. Described as something similar to speed dating, students moved from table to table to get advice from staff and faculty on balancing work and personal life, staying motivated or getting that first job out of college. Morning classes were canceled and attendance was taken for students who signed up for the event.

IAIA alumna and artist Rose B. Simpson kicked off the Feb. 26 summit with a slideshow presentation of her work and discussion about education, changes and influences in her art.

"I fill (my studio) with stuff and fill it with that energy that I am excited about and the things that I love to see, I love to portray and I love to convey. And I hope people can find that kind of passion and be excited about it and share it with other people," she said, adding that she recently heard a story about a woman who came out of one of her exhibitions crying.

"Success! I moved her to tears," Simpson said.

In addition to a summit, the center hosted the New Mexico TRIO group, a nonprofit organization made up of educational professionals that work in TRIO programs around the state. The federal programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to college. Upward Bound is one example of a TRIO program.

More than five-dozen staff and students from TRIO programs came to IAIA Feb. 14 get pumped up before heading to the state Roundhouse for National TRIO Day, including those from Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State and University of New Mexico. They were given a tour of campus and led through an exercise by Diane Reyna to create flags with pictures of words encouragement.

According to Student Success Center staff, the event exposed potential students to IAIA, some who didn't know this art school existed.

alumni gather in New Zealand

ight IAIA alumni and an IAIA associate were invited to attend
Kokiri Putahi, the 7th International Indigenous Visual Arts Gathering, hosted by Toi Māori in the Ngapuhi community at the Kohewhata Marae, Kiakohe in Aotearoa (the Māori word for New Zealand).

Marwin Begaye (Din�), Erin Genia (Lakota), Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock), Linley B. Logan (Seneca), Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit), Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara), Denise Wallace (Aleut), and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Din�) participated in the Kokiri Putahi. G. Peter Jemison (Seneca), an IAIA associate, also was invited.

Kokiri Putahi encourages artistic creativity for a two-week period. From January 14 - 26, artists engaged in carving & sculpture, fiber arts, clay, painting, printmaking, jewelry & adornment, glass, mixed-media, photography & multimedia, and ta moko (traditional Māori tattooing). International Indigenous visual artists from Australia, Samoa and Canada attended the gathering, which included 27 Indigenous artists from the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.     - Linley B. Logan, Class of '85

The Facilities Department warns people to watch out for dangerous critters when outdoors
watch out for dangerous critters when outdoors


With spring time approaching, I thought it appropriate to send out a campus reminder about the desert wildlife that we often see on and around our campus.


We have seen coyotes, scorpions, tarantulas, and on occasion, snakes, but usually of the non-poisonous varieties. None of these are known for aggression toward humans, but if cornered, or in the case of coyotes, if their offspring is somehow threatened, they may resort to aggressive behaviors to protect their families.


When out on campus or on the walking trail, be aware of you and your children's surroundings, and if you come across any wildlife, give them a wide berth. Depending on the situation, notify IAIA Campus Security at 505.577.1660.                                        - James Mason, Facilities Director  

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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: [email protected]

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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
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calendar of events

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Ongoing - July 31 

The exhibition series features "articulations" by several artists and prints from the MoCNA collection.

The Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program presents five short films in the Helen Hardin Gallery.




March 26 - Sharing the Creative: Indigenous Community Art Projects  


March 30 - Local Artist in Residence Talk & Open Studio: Courtney Leonard  


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March 13 -15: The Indigenous Liberal Studies Department will sponsor a conference, Indigenous Intervention into the Concept of Progress, at the Nativo Hotel in Albuquerque. For more info, contact Stephen Wall, 505.42.3030 or [email protected].

March 26 - A 1 p.m. dedication will be held for the new Welcome Center. For more info, contact James Mason, 505.424.2326 or [email protected]

March 27 - IAIA's Creative Writing Department will host Lannan Writer In Residence Andrew Schelling at 7 p.m. in IAIA's CLE Commons. Contact Evelina Zuni-Lucero at 505.424.5708 or [email protected] for more information.

April 4 - Core Faculty Dana Chodzko's instillation class will host a collaborative, interdisciplinary student designed and built instillation exhibition inspired by environment, sustainability and recycled materials through a Native lens. The event will take place in the IAIA sculpture gallery April 4 - 18. Opening night will be from 4 - 7 p.m. April 4. For more info, contact Katharina Deiter, [email protected].  
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