IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) has announced the appointment of Dr. Lara M. Evans(Cherokee Nation) as the school's first Associate Dean of Academics, effective August 7, 2017.
Lara M. Evans is an artist, scholar, curator, and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She earned her PhD in Art History at the University of New Mexico in 2005, specialization within Native American art history in contemporary art. Dr. Evans joined the Museum Studies department at IAIA in 2012 after eight years as faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Since 2015, Dr. Evans has also been Program Director for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings 12-14 Native American artists to campus for month-long residency sessions each year. Dr. Evans' curatorial projects at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art have included Now is the Time: Investigating Native Histories and Visions of the Future (2017) and War Department: Selections from MoCNA's Permanent Collection (2015-2016). The re-organization of the Academic Division was first brought forward by the IAIA Faculty Council Chair to address issues of growth in IAIA enrollment. The addition of an Associate Dean who comes from the current faculty addresses succession planning for the Dean's position and provides opportunity for faculty leadership development.
2017 IAIA Scholarship and Dinner Auction
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is proud to present our annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction at La Fonda on the Plaza on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This event helps raise critically needed scholarship funds that assist our students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. Our goal this year is to exceed $200,000. The evening begins at 5:00 pm with a reception and silent auction in La Terraza. Shown are some of the exciting silent auction pieces--please check our event page frequently to see new items.
After the reception, dinner will be served in the Lumpkins Ballroom. A live auction will present the opportunity to bid on amazing art and experiences, including a glass work by Dale Chihuly and a golf weekend for four in Palm Springs, CA, donated by the Agua Caliente Band of Calhuilla Indians Tribe. If you have any questions, please contact us at (505) 428-5931.
IAIA Faculty Member and Renowned Poet James Thomas Stevens Reaches Out to Inmates of New Mexico State Penitentiary (PNM)
IAIA Associate Professor of Creative Writing James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), recently contacted IAIA alumna Roseanna Andrade (Mexica/Nahua) '16, to participate in one of IAIA's community outreach programs--the collection of poems that are posted on the IAIA Health and Wellness Trail. As the poetry instructor in the Creative Writing Program, Stevens is responsible for collecting original poems from invited groups and posting them in wooden display posts along the trail; which is utilized by IAIA students, staff, faculty, and members of the surrounding community. In an effort to reach out to new groups of writers, he wrote to Andrade and requested poems for display on the trail from April 1, 2017 through August 1 2017. Andrade was recently hired to work in the library at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, and Stevens felt that there was an opportunity to invite writers in the incarcerated community to contribute their work.
Andrade received her Associates Degree in Native American Studies and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies from IAIA. During her time at the school, she worked in the library and according to her, "my passion for books and literacy led me to this new position, providing library services for the community at PNM. As the prison librarian at PNM, I provided a program which inspired positive, creative self-expression that inmates could share with others in the larger community."
After receiving permission to participate in the program, poems were submitted by five writers which were displayed on the Health and Wellness Trail. Andrade was excited about the invitation because of the stipulation that "the poem must speak to the theme of 'nature'. This gave writers the opportunity to reflect upon nature and the natural world from their perspective."
Andrade summed up her participation in the program by saying, "Many of the writers were happy to share their work with others. One of the writers explained that there is a stigma in prison that prisoners need to block their feelings and emotions; but writing allows them to express themselves in a real way and that these programs are good for personal growth and a positive way to learn how to communicate with people. I would also like to include projects in which artists have the opportunity to share their work as well. The library is fortunate to have the support of Deputy Warden Olivas and staff that recognize that these types of programs are beneficial to the inmate population."
Stevens, who is also a mentor in the IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, summed up the results of his efforts by saying, "Poetry, which allows us to express what we often believe inexpressible, is born of silence and contemplation. These are things that the incarcerated have plenty of, so it makes sense that there are emotions and feelings pondered and re-pondered that are waiting to spill out on the page. My old professor and mentor, Arthur Sze, used to say, 'Poetry gives us the ability to orchestrate our silences, to give silence the same weight as words.' We see this in the poems that were submitted by writers in the penitentiary, the line breaks, the pauses--the results of thought and silence."
IAIA Alumna Therese Mailhot To Be Published in Canada
Congratulations to 2016 MFA alumna Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band), whose first book, Heart Berries (forthcoming from Counterpoint in the U.S.) will be published in Canada by Doubleday Canada.
The folks at Doubleday Canada had this to say about Terese's memoir: "From the moment we received the manuscript we were struck by Terese's vitality and towering writing gifts-hers is the most powerful and edifying story we have read in a long time. She generously offers us an intimate and wrenching account of her life, and a perspective that is heard and encouraged far too rarely despite its immense significance. Her contribution to our literary and cultural conversation is essential, and the immediacy and force in her writing matched with the courage, passion and intelligence of its writer sparked a truly unanimous response in our group."
Perseverance Theatre Names IAIA Alumna to Writer's Circle
Perseverance Theatre is pleased to announce the formation of The Writer's Circle. Perseverance Theatre has awarded participation into The Writer's Circle to five playwrights. The award includes commission, including development support, for a two-year period of time to write and develop a new Alaskan play. The goal of the writer's circle is to develop diverse new Alaskan plays in a group that will include Alaska Native writers, emerging writers, and writers who represent underrepresented voices. IAIA Alumna Cathy Tagnak Rexford (Iñupiaq) was one of the five initial members selected. Writer's Circle members will all have a director and/or dramaturg to consult on their scripts, a workshop of their work in progress, and a modest budget for research, workshopping, travel, and supplies. Writers will receive invaluable feedback from industry professionals we well as time and support from the other writers in the circle.
Cathy was born in Alaska and is of Inupiaq, French, German, and English descent. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from IAIA from in 2006.She also earned an MFA from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of A Crane Story (illustrated by Sini Salminen, 2013). Her plays include The Namesake and, with Challen Wilson, The Winter Overture; Rexford also works on short films. She has received fellowships from the First Peoples House of Learning and the Rasmuson Foundation.
Photograph by Bill Hess
Three Recent Visitors for President Dr. Robert Martin
IAIA was pleased to host a tour for Ellen Ferguson, Director of Community Relations at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington at Seattle. Ms. Ferguson, a long-time supporter of the American Indian College Fund (AICF), met IAIA student, Amy Red Horse (Cherokee/Powhatan), while both were attending the AICF Gala in New York City this past April. In an effort to bring awareness of IAIA to the public, Ms. Red Horse extended an invitation to Ms. Ferguson to tour the IAIA campus, which she did on June 13, 2017. Of special interest to Ms. Ferguson, and a highlight of the tour, was a visit to the IAIA Museum's Permanent Collection. Ms. Ferguson is currently co-chairing a $100M campaign for the construction of a new museum which will open summer of 2019. For more information on the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, or to see the construction via live cam, please visit www.burkemuseum.org.
California Tribal College is currently in its strategic planning process and gathering ideas and information about the educational needs of California Tribes. To that end, Crystal Blue (California Valley Miwok Tribe), Operations Director, and Cammeron Hudson (Wilton Rancheria), Executive Director, toured the IAIA campus on Tuesday, June 13. The main focus of the visit was to gather ideas about the student experience at a tribal college and building partnerships with other tribal colleges. With a Mission Statement similar to ours: To provide quality higher education grounded in respect, accountability, integrity, and responsibility to prepare students for positions of leadership in their communities and careers, IAIA was the logical choice.
Emily Peck, a Studio Arts major, led the pair on a thorough tour that included the Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center, the Ells Science and Technology Building, the Balzer Contemporary Art Gallery, the studios in the Academic Building and Allan Haozous Sculpture and Foundry, as well as the Library, cafeteria, garden, and Student Housing. Not only were they impressed by the school's curriculum and student engagement, the layout of the campus, the 360°views, and turquoise skies of New Mexico enhanced their IAIA experience. For information on California Tribal College, please visit their website, www.californiatribalcollege.com.
Noted writer Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), honored us with a surprise visit to the campus to speak with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee).
Noted Family of Artists Exhibit at Santa Fe Botanical Gardens
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden recently opened a sculpture exhibit, Conception, Abstraction, Reduction, featuring the artwork of artists Dan Namingha (Hopi/Tewa), and his two sons Arlo and Michael.
Famed sculptor Dan Namingha received an Honorary Doctorate from IAIA in 2009. He has been showing professionally as an artist for over forty years. His works command unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry, the beautiful heritage that is the heart of his creativity.
Arlo Namingha is also a well-known sculptor. Growing up with his Native culture he started carving Katsina Dolls at an early age. Working from commissions, in his early twenties, he started producing wood sculptures and now works in wood, clay, stone, and fabricated and cast bronze. His focus changed to his art career with recent exhibits in both the Southwest and East coast. His works are included in many museums and private collections along with U.S. Embassies.
Michael Namingha is a multidisciplinary artist with a spare contemporary aesthetic. A keen observer of today's society, he creates a compelling mix of imagery and words commenting on modern interpersonal relations and contemporary culture. His ability to distill everyday conversational statements results in work that surprises and engages the viewer. His current body of work explores the vanishing and changing landscape of the American West.
The exhibit, which will be on display in the Garden until late May 2018, includes powerful sculptures that reflect the Hopi/Tewa culture of the Namingha family. While the sculptural styles of Dan and Arlo Namingha differ, the minimalist aesthetic of these two artists, combined with symbols of their culture, creates the singular and unique body of work included in this remarkable exhibit.
NEA Funds IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program
National Endowment for the Arts has provided more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to IAIA to expand the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program.
Associate Dean and Artist-in-Residence Program Director Dr. Lara M. Evans(Cherokee Nation), explains, "This NEA funding makes it possible to bring an additional 3 artists to our campus in Santa Fe for month-long residencies. Up until now, we have had a geographic emphasis on Native and First Nations artists from just 3 regions of the US and Canada. NEA Art Works allows us to bring in tribally enrolled artists from the entire US."
The Fall 2017 Artists-in-Residence Schedule includes: Janice George (Squamish Nation), Raven's Tail Weaving; Leanne Campbell (Coeur d'Alene), Basketry; Martha Nielsen (Kokhanok Village), Fish skin clothing; Erica Lord (Athabaskan), Photo/mixed media; Peter Williams (Yup'ik), Fur clothing; Ryan Feddersen(Confederated Tribes of Colville), Sculpture; Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe), Painting; Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Printmaking; Jason Brown (Koyukon Athabascan), Sculpture; and Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway), Jewelry.
IAIA Hosted Poetry Workshop with Luci Tapahonso Inaugural Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation
The IAIA Continuing Education Department enlisted noted poet and educator Luci Tapahonso (Navajo) to host a 2-day Poetry Workshop on the IAIA Campus, Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2017.
The participants enjoyed an immersive poetry experience over the two days, and all parties agreed that it was a success. Continuing Education Manager Joannie Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) remarked that the feedback she received was that "Luci enlightened us all."
IAIA Library Receives Large Book Donation from John and Wilson Scanlan of the Verve Gallery
IAIA has recently received a donation of a photography book collection from John and Wilson Scanlan, partners in the recently closed Verve Gallery.
"A good reference library of photography books is a critical asset for a photo gallery business," John remarked during a recent interview. "When we closed the gallery, we wanted the collection to be accessible to the widest audience. We first approached the New Mexico History Museum to donate the collection to the New Mexico Photo Archives. The archives took as many books as they could accommodate to supplement their existing collection; however, they had limited space and couldn't accommodate the bulk of the collection. The archives suggested we contact Valerie Nye at IAIA." As Scanlan explained, Valerie reviewed the extensive list of the books in the Verve collection, and selected the ones which fit in with the IAIA library's collection. "Valerie was superbly organized, fast, and a pleasure to work with," explained Scanlan.
Once the donation was delivered to the IAIA library, John Scanlan was invited to visit. He "couldn't have been more pleased" with the facility and the way in which the donation was handled by the IAIA library team. He also had lunch with IAIA faculty and students during his visit.
"This donation of contemporary photography books is a really important addition to our library's collection. John's donation of books nearly doubled our collection of photography books," said Valerie Nye, Director of the IAIA Library. "Their generous gift will have an impact on student art and research for many years to come."
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition Akunnittinni Travels to the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian in New York
When Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), exhibition curator and membership and program manager at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, NM put together the exhibition Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait in late 2015, she knew that it was something special, but had no idea that it would continue to have a life after the exhibition at MoCNA closed in December 2017.
The exhibition chronicles a visual dialogue between an Inuk grandmother, mother, and daughter - Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983), Napachie Pootoogook (1938-2002), and Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016). Their artworks provide a personal and cultural history of three generations of Inuit women whose art practices included autobiographic narratives and have chronicled intimate and sometimes harsh memories and historically resonant moments. Pitseolak Ashoona, Napachie Pootoogook, and Annie Pootoogook are among the most well-regarded artists from this region.
The works in the exhibition were on loan to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts from Edward J. Guarino, a retired public-school teacher from Yonkers, New York. Guarino is an author, educator, lecturer, and collector specializing in Native American and Inuit Art. Other works have been loaned by Dorset Fine Arts, the marketing division of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Hanley's Exhibition "Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait" (featuring 18 total works, six from each artist), opened Saturday, June 10, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York. The exhibition runs through Jan. 8, 2018.
"To me this exhibition serves as a reflection on the role of narrative between three generations of indigenous women-all from one family-which started in 1904 and ended in 2016 with the passing of Annie Pootoogook," said Hanley. "I was drawn to this very strong family voice within a tribal context. Coming from a matriarchal tribe myself, I feel this exhibition accurately represents contemporary indigenous feminist discourse. Standing in the gallery allows the visitor to feel the conversation between these women and what was vital to them--the love, the heartache, the survival, and most importantly the family."
Once the exhibition closes in New York, it is scheduled to travel to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) in February 2018.
IAIA Storyboard Workshop
George RR Martin's newly opened non-profit Stagecoach Foundation hosted a storyboard educational event, with noted artist J. Todd Anderson, on the IAIA campus, July 1 and 2, 2017 for Native children, ages 10-21, to learn storyboard making and creating.
The Stagecoach Foundation recognizes the impact of film, education and technology (FET) and the ways in which it can grow, strengthen, and empower our communities in this modern world. It will ensure the same significant impact on the Santa Fe community and the State of New Mexico. Marisa Xochtl Jimenez will serve as Executive Director of the Foundation, and she will manage, execute and oversee operations and community outreach.
The Stagecoach Foundation's primary purpose is to help attract businesses and individuals to Santa Fe and New Mexico to advance economic development, job creation, job training and job stability through its promotion and support of film, education and technology. For more information visit www.stagecoachfdn.org.
Hotel Chaco Partners with IAIA Alumna Patricia Michaels
In case you didn't know, the newest boutique hotel in Albuquerque teamed up with designer Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) for their uniforms. The hotel and famed fashion designer collaborated on a limited-edition collection of signature uniforms just for the Hotel Chaco staff, which are inspired by the beautiful pottery of Chaco Canyon.
Taking her cue from the beauty of Chaco Canyon, the designs feature striking white and black geometric patterns and clay-colored creations, in which all the garments transition from day to night, season to season.
Michaels is known for her one-of-a-kind couture that defies fashion trends. Most recently, she garnered national recognition for her Peabody Essex Museum show, "Native Fashion Now" in 2015 and garnered international attention after receiving the highly prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Arts and Design Award. She is the very first recipient of this award, a historic achievement.
Photos by Heritage Hotels and Resorts
Jenni James Retirement Party
After 20 years of service to IAIA, Librarian Jenni James recently retired. Library Director Valerie Nye had this to say: "Jenni has been a great colleague both on the IAIA campus and in her service to library organizations through her career. There are two things that stand out specifically about Jenni's work at IAIA. Jenni understands that students come first at IAIA, and she provided 20 years of high-quality research assistance to students either in the library or in the many library instruction classes she taught over the years. She has a genuine interest in the artwork and writing that students create at IAIA, and has endlessly supported their pursuits; in their research, presentations, and gallery openings."
Jenni's work building the library's book collection has been critical. Her work selecting art books for the library has been especially important. Jenni keep up-to-date on art publications, and she has a deep knowledge of the kind of art books students need for their classes. The books she selected provide a solid foundation for the IAIA library, and her work selecting books will be a long-lasting mark on the library's collection and students' art research for many, many years to come.
AIHEC Weekly Update Features President Martin
"Great new IAIA video/TV segment: Please take a few minutes to watch and share this short video tribute to the wonderful work of President Robert Martin and IAIA! During IAIA's commencement week in May, the Osiyo.TV film crew was on the campus and produced the video, which you can view on the IAIA Website."
Two Members of IAIA Community Graduate from the AICF Mellon Faculty Master's Degree Program
Waylon Baker and Mary Deleary both participated in the AICF Mellon Faculty Master's Degree Program. The program provides financial assistance to tribal college and university faculty and staff with teaching responsibilities who are likely to become faculty and who are pursuing a master's degree. Candidates may qualify for up to $20,000 in assistance under the program, with preference given to individuals studying the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
Waylon Baker graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing from IAIA. He is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and the Vice President of Academics at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) in New Town, North Dakota. Baker pursued his degree with a focus on screenwriting to teach creative writing and screenwriting courses at NHSC. Prior to earning his MFA degree, he completed a PhD in Communication and Public Discourse.
Mary Deleary graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She is an enrolled member of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the Gallery Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor in the Museum Studies department at IAIA. She earned a bachelor degree in Museum Studies in 2010 from IAIA and was awarded the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Native American Fellowship in Salem, Massachusetts. In 2013 she served as the Governance Coordinator for her First Nation. Deleary plans to share her education and experience to help her students understand the vast and complicated networks tribal governments operate in and that impact on local cultural institutions.
IAIA Visits documenta
Funded by the Ford Foundation, the IAIA Museum Director Patsy Phillips, Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man, and IAIA students, Jonathan Loretto (Walatowa and Kotyi-tiˈ) and Carmen Selam (Yakama/Comanche) traveled to Kassel, Germany to attend documenta's Professional Days, June 8 and 9, 2017. Also funded by the Ford Foundation, MoCNA held a competition among IAIA students and a committee selected Jonathan and Carmen to attend this year's documenta. Founded in 1955, the first documenta featured artists who had a significant influence on modern art such as Picasso and Kandinsky. This important exhibition is held every five years and is limited to 100 days, which is why it is often referred to as the "museum of 100 days." IAIA Associate Dean Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation) was sponsored by her department and IAIA student James Rutherfordsubsidized his trip to attend this exhibition. Former MoCNA Chief Curator, Candice Hopkins, curator to this year's documenta 14, selected Native American artists from the U.S. and Canada, as well as other indigenous artists from around the world to participate in this major exhibition. Opportunities like documenta inspire students and staff to engage with Indigenous communities world-wide and to contribute to the dialogue on Indigenous arts and culture (IAIA Strategic Plan 2020).
Et cetera contains photographs of happenings related to IAIA--be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site.
Angela C. Trudell Vasquez MFA '17 and Rebecca F Reuter MFA '18 both had pieces published in the latest edition of Raven Chronicles. Find their work at www.ravenchronicles.org.
Daniel Montaño with Peshawn Bread (Comanche/Blackfeet/Kiowa) and IAIA Student Terrance Clifford (Cheyenne River Sioux), interviewing noted writer and recipient of an IAIA Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) for a documentary on his life and career.
The IAIA Wellness Committee recently organized a hike at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.Fourteen IAIA staff participated, and according to Health, Wellness, and Fitness Director JoAnn Bishop"we all had a wonderful time!"
Everyone enjoyed the inaugural IAIA Fitness Walk. Shown are participants coming through the IAIA campus, walking with their loud music and enjoying the work-out. They were an inspiration to us all. Shown (L to R) is MoCNA Collections Curator Tatiana Lomahaftewa Singer (Hopi/Choctaw), Associate Dean Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation), Assistant to the Dean, Delight Talawepi (Hopi), Faculty Assistant Doris Hernandez, and Fitness Director JoAnn Bishop.
A representative from PNM recently visited the IAIA Campus for a short video shoot. A number of our staff and faculty were filmed wishing PNM a happy 100th birthday. The video will soon be shown on PNM's Facebook page.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Exhibitions
Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies, and a graduate degree in Creative Writing, the Institute of American India Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and it's the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Newsletter writer, editor, and contributing photographer: Eric Davis
Contributing editor and photographer: Jason S. Ordaz
IAIA Radio Shows
The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes on Tuesdays from 4-4:30 pm, KSFR, 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio, is an IAIA-produced show examining a wide variety of issues relating to the Native American community. Hosted by IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis, the show features conversations with Native American Scholars, Artists, Tribal Leaders, and more. You can listen to the show on the radio or stream it on your computer at KSFR.org. Past shows are podcast on their website, so you can listen any time you'd like at the following link:
KVSF-FM Radio Show Coffee and Culture launched on February 22, 2017, and it's the second radio show highlighting the school and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). Coffee and Culture airs every fourth Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12 noon on KVSF, 101.5, The Voice of Santa Fe and streams live on www.santafe.com. You can listen to podcasts of previous shows at www.santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/.
Hosted by IAIA Marketing and Communications Director Eric Davis, the show is part of a series which highlights the art, culture, and museums in Santa Fe. Each month, Davis, along with a member of MoCNA or the school's Museum Studies or Studio Arts Department, will feature guests discussing current and upcoming exhibitions at MoCNA, the IAIA Artist-in-Residence programs, and other key IAIA cultural programs and initiatives.