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The pandemic has brought me much sadness, but also blessings. A couple months ago, my family had lost my aunt to Covid-19. When I first heard the news, I cried so many tears for my aunt. I always hoped she was doing well. It had been many years since I've last seen her. The memories of what she looked like, her voice, and smile echoed in my mind and crumbled my heart. I still really miss her as I am writing this. I deeply wish I can see her and hug her. Just seeing my family has brought me so much comfort, and so is living with my boyfriend. Family has never mattered so much more to me during times like this. All I can believe right now is everything will be okay. #iaiatogetherapart ...

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The following letter is a submission from⁣ #IAIATogetherApart, set 50 years from now. To see more submissions or submit your own, visit togetherapart.iaia.edu.⁣

Pandemic Letter—April 9, 2020, 1:42 pm, Anonymous⁣

Dear Reader,⁣

I am writing from a world in which there is no shortage of grotesque heaps of hurt. Assuming that hasn’t gone away, maybe you’re sick of being pat on the head. Maybe you’re sick of being at the receiving end of that hurt. Maybe you’re sick of having to explain why it hurts, or maybe you’re just sick. I take it you’ve heard of COVID-19. Perhaps you’ve been a witness to your grandparent or great-grandparent ranting and reeling about the effect it had on their lives, or maybe told the same stories by your parents. They were stories about how hard they had to work to keep their jobs, or how hard they had to work to educate their children by themselves with countless additional responsibilities. Maybe your elders would say things about how they needed to feel privileged that they had a job at all—from home or at risk. They needed to be grateful that they were slaves to capitalism at the desires of the rich. Maybe your grandparents were children when coronavirus initially began. Maybe your grandparents couldn’t graduate college or high school that initial year. They remember watching their parents struggle to provide, struggle to ration food, some not knowing where their money was coming from after being “guaranteed” their position, but laid off nonetheless. The other side of the coin could be stories of how they remember their parents going out, living as-is, shopping constantly, not wearing masks, or gloves, or caring. Maybe they remember losing someone—a parent, a friend, a child? Maybe they were isolated alone, or without resources. You didn’t live through it, but this is not the depression, 9/11, or the recession of yore. This is different. So much about this disease was unforeseen. It was merciless, fast, suffocating, and unpredictable.⁣

(Continued in the comments)

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Next Thursday, March 4, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, on the iaiamocna Facebook page, there will be a live stream of a Gallery Talk with Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) and Curator of her solo show at MoCNA, Dr. Lara M. Evans (Cherokee).

If you miss the live event, it will be available on the Museum's Facebook page after the event.

"The Moving Land: 60+ Years of Art by Linda Lomahaftewa" allows us to see the ways her work has responded to time and place, shifting with new influences. From the deep and mysterious spaces of her early paintings, to the vibrating intensity of her drawings during her years in San Francisco, to the prints and collages of the last two decades, when the artist moves, the land moves with her, and moves us in turn.

Shown: "Plague Doctor II" 2020, monotype on paper from the Collection of the Artist. Part of "The Moving Land" on display at MoCNA until July 17.

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What are you doing Wednesday nights? How about a free online class?

The IAIA Land-Grant Program has been recently redesigned to further promote and support the mosaic of Traditional Knowledge (TK) systems (ecological and technical) as it nurtures IAIA’s mission, “To empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach.” Join us for our Spring 2021 Webinar Series, “The 4 Directions Projections: Sharing traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge to nurture people, revere places, and promote purpose.”

We will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm via Zoom. Each episode will feature a guest presenter sharing their TK perspective and projects. Here are the topics for March:

March 3, 2021 - The importance of learning how to cook with Andi Murphy (Diné)

March 10, 2021 - Finding Balance in our resilience with Roxanne DeLille (Anishinaabe)

March 17, 2021 - Restoration of Acoma Pueblo Food Systems with Aaron Lowden (Acoma Pueblo)

March 24, 2021 - Pueblo Food Experience with Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo)

March 31, 2021 - Health Sovereignty Addressing Food, Herbalism, Counsel with Tokunboh Obasi (Taino Tribe of the White Lands)

The classes are free, but you need to register. Go to the link in our bio or iaia.edu/cecourses to sign up, and to see all of our Continuing Education courses!

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Neal Ambrose-Smith (Confederated Salish/Kootenai Nation of Montana), Chair of the IAIA Studio Arts Department, combines cartoon imagery with humor to create a complex reflection on an unstable world in his solo exhibition, through May 24, at 516 Arts in Albuquerque.

“The (Tense) Present” combines a range of imagery and media to create a complex reflection on current events. Ambrose-Smith demonstrates his technical skills, mixing painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking, including monotypes that measure over 10 feet long. His work often includes elements surrounding Indigenous knowledge, bundles, canoes, trailer homes, and the Trickster figure Coyote. In Neal Ambrose-Smith’s visions, the present is overlaid with images from the past since we can only understand where we now are by understanding our cultural influences.

Shown: Neal Ambrose-Smith’s “If I Have to Listen to the News One More Time (detail)", 2019, oil, acrylic and collage, 36 x 36 inches

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Today's Google Doodle is by IAIA Alum Chris Pappan (Osage/Kaw/Cheyenne River Sioux). It celebrates the 145th birthday of Zitkala-Sa, a Native American musician, composer, and suffragist.

Zitkala-Sa — whose name means “Red Bird” in Lakota/Lakȟótiyapi — was born on February 22, 1876, on the Yankton Indian Reserve in South Dakota.

Pappan shared some of the deeper symbolism and meaning that can be found in each part of the artwork.

"All of the elements in the artwork relate to Zitkala-Ša’s life in some way. Her Lakota name translates as “Red Bird,” she wrote an opera relating to the Sun Dance, and she was an accomplished musician—all reflected within the Doodle. She also witnessed great upheaval and change throughout her life, as symbolized by the tipis. The lettering for “Google” is based on a beadwork design from one of her traditional dresses." -- chrispappan

Make sure to go to google.com today to see it!

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Congratulations to IAIA Alum Cannupa Hanska Luger, who received a 2021 United States Artists Fellowship in the craft category.

cannupahanska is one of 60 artists to earn an unrestricted $50,000 USA Fellowship, which honors the artists’ creative accomplishments and supports ongoing artistic and professional development.

A multi-award winning, multidisciplinary artist, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st Century Indigeneity.

You may learn more about his work at his website: www.cannupahanska.com

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Have you ever watched a bronze pour?

The Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building on our 140 acre campus contains high quality equipment to enhance woodworking, welding, forging, casting, ceramics, and large scale metal, stone and glass sculpture.

Go to the link in our bio to watch a video of a bronze pour from our Open House.

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“Bambi Makes Some Extra Bucks Modeling at the Studio” is part of our premier Collection of Contemporary Native Art. IAIA Alumna America Meredith (Cherokee) painted it during her time in Graduate School at the San Francisco Art Institute.

As Meredith states in a January 2014 article in New Mexico Magazine:

“My Bambi painting was not just another piece of Bambi Art, but rather a comment on (Dorthy) Dunn’s influence and the art world’s (critics’, mostly) ignorance about the deer’s important cultural and symbolic meaning. In Huichol cosmology, the blue deer, named Tamatsi Maxayuawi, is the elder brother of humans. Huichol religion influenced that of northern tribes through peyote religion and the Native American Church, to which many of these Flatstyle artists belonged. Non-Native art writers belittled the blue deer and so-called Bambi Art in the late 20th century, oblivious that the blue deer was very significant to Native peoples. Dismissing Bambi Art as a mere stylistic choice was like dismissing a culture’s belief system.”

Meredith is the Editor and Publisher of First American Art Magazine. A portion of our 9,000 piece Permanent Collection is available on line to view, go to the link in our bio and click on MoCNA Collection.

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Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) worked with Dr. George Boyce and others to found the Institute of American Indian Arts, securing funding from the Department of Indian Affairs during the Kennedy Administration. New served as the first Art Director at IAIA, later becoming Director, i.e., President, of the school from 1967 until 1979.

Prior to his work with IAIA, New earned a degree in Art Education from the Art Institute of Chicago and taught painting at the Phoenix Indian School. After serving in the US Navy on the USS Sanborn in the Pacific Theater during WWII, New switched focus and became an acclaimed fashion designer, focusing on clothing, handbags, and printed textiles.

During New’s leadership, IAIA went from being a high school, to a two year college offering associates degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, and Museum Studies.

This President’s Day we thank and honor the leadership and vision of all of IAIA’s Presidents.

Our online store carries "The Sound of Drums, A Memoir Of Lloyd Kiva New” edited by IAIA Archivist Ryan S. Flahive. You may purchase the book from our online Store - link in the bio.

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News about students, alumni, faculty and our campus is plentiful. To ensure you don't miss anything, subscribe to our monthly Newsletter!

To sign up, and to see previous Newletters, please go to: iaia.edu/media/

And please be sure to tag us with your news and updates!

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz.

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Indigenous Storytellers: Are you 18-24 and from New Mexico​, Michigan, or Mississippi?​

Apply now for ​sundanceorg​’s 2021 Full Circle Fellowship supported by kelloggfoundation​ for an opportunity to explore a career as a filmmaker.

Learn more and apply at: sundance.org/indigenous

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Opening today in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, located inside the iaiamocna Museum Store, is a series of works by Anthony Parker (Omaha).

Titled “Against the Current: From Homeless to Artist”, the exhibition highlights the works Parker created during the stay-at-home orders due to the on-going pandemic. The show is inspired by the growth he personally experienced as an artist during hardships and celebrates the results of hard work and perseverance. While his focus is heavily on the contaminating effects of the COVID-19 virus on the natural world, and those who inhabit it (including the continued rise in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, another topic he visits regularly), he has included works that also remind us the world continues, and we do as well, outside this moment in time.

“Against the Current: From Homeless to Artist” will be on display from February 10th, 2021, to May 2nd, 2021.

Purchase inquiries can be directed to MuseumStore@iaia.edu, or call (505) 428-5912. Shipping is available for an additional fee. The Museum Store is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Image credit: Anthony Parker, When the Storm Breaks (2020), oil on unframed canvas, $1200.00

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Michael Namingha's (Tewa/Hopi) "Altered Landscape" series opened this week at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. It runs until May 17.

His art is abstract, photography-based works that juxtapose geometric shapes in bright neon colors against black-and-white aerial landscapes from the Four Corners region. The compositions are mounted to shaped plexiglass, creating the illusion of three-dimensional works.

The Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 - 4:00 pm.

Shown: Namingha’s “Altered Landscape No. 1", 2019, Digital C-Print Face-Mounted to Shaped Acrylic, 35” x 35” x 1”, Edition of 3.

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Our Spring Continuing Education Classes start soon! ...

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Join us as we welcome Sheridan MacKnight (White Earth Chippewa/Hunkpapa Lakota) as a Spring Artist in Residence.

MacKnight is a painter and jeweler who is inspired by her roots. She is based in Los Angeles, California, and whenever possible, spends time in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She began her painting journey with inspiration from the 19th century Native American patriot artists, who are now known as ledger artists. Because their storytelling was illustrated with such passion, MacKnight found this work to be both moving and beautiful. She embraced the art of storytelling with line, paint, and by the use of antique documents.

MacKnight started making jewelry, as a prompting from fellow Native artists. One fellow artists encouraged, little paintings—another suggested small little kinetic dangles. She began making her jewelry using lightweight parfleche (rawhide). MacKnight states, ”It has been a great endeavor, making my designs into little vignettes of my paintings, such a rewarding and wonderful way to create and hopefully adorn.”

MacKnight continues to develop and grow in her work and practice. Again, inspired by the past, she creates pieces that are influenced by the Dorothy Dunn Santa Fe Indian School painting students from the early 20th century. With great intended composition and the balance of shape and color, her pieces are strongly reminiscent of the artists’ past.

Photos provided by the Artist.

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Did you know that over 1,100 items in the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Arts Collection are available to view online?

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) holds the premier collection of Contemporary Native American art in the world from Native American, First Nations, and other Indigenous peoples. This unique collection documents the art movements of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and its impact on the Native American fine art movement. There are close to 9,000 artworks in the total collection which is comprised of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, contemporary apparel, textiles, cultural arts, new media, and installations. This important collection, one of the largest in the world, is housed at the IAIA campus in a state-of-the-art storage facility.

To view a portion of the collection please to to the following link in our bio and click on “MoCNA Collection.” Once there, click on “Digital Collection” to view online works.

Included in the Collection is "Endangered Species", Judson Cranston (Tlingit-Haida), Lithograph on Paper, 1996, 28 x 37.

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As part of the celebration of the new documentary “Earl Biss, The Spirit Who Walks Among His People", American Design's Paul Züeger has offered Earl Biss giclées to anyone who donates $400 or more to an IAIA scholarship.

Earl Biss (Crow) was an early student of IAIA in the mid 60s, and one of the original group of Native Artists who birthed the Contemporary Native American Art Movement.

Those who donate $400 or more to this Biss IAIA scholarship will receive a giclée donated by Galerie Züger Santa Fe.

The giclée, normally sold at $800, is a high quality reproduction on canvas of the original Earl Biss oil painting "Winter Camp at the Headwaters of Yellowstone".
Biss painted the piece in the last year of his life at his studio in Montana.

All donations will go to a scholarship fund for the Institute of American Indian Arts.

To make a donation and register for the giclée, please go to the link in our bio. Go to “Donate.” On the "Designate My Gift" pull-down menu, select "other", and in the remarks field type in "Earl Biss Scholarship."

Photo: Rodrigo Tactaquin , Associate Producer of the Biss movie, and Danyelle Means (Oglala Dakota), IAIA Director of Institutional Development.

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Are you a Member of the President’s Circle?

Members of the President’s Circle are cordially invited to our first-ever Virtual President’s Circle Event. Join IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), and special guest, retired Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) as we explore the artwork of recent and upcoming IAIA graduates.

The event takes place on Wednesday, February 10, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The President’s Circle is comprised of donors whose individual annual support is $2,500 or more. Annual gifts from contributors in the President’s Circle help to fund the most urgent priorities established by the President and Board of Trustees. To join our President’s Circle or for more information, please contact IAIA Institutional Advancement Director Danyelle Means by email at danyelle.means@iaia.edu

Shown: Suni Sonqu Vizcarra Wood (Quechua Nation), photograph courtesy the artist.

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““Virtual Reservation” is the second completely virtual graduating senior exhibition at IAIA due to the continued closure of our campus and shift to online learning due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Graduating seniors, from the Spring 2020 and Fall 2021 semesters, did a brilliant job transforming their physical works to digital representations to fill a virtual Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery.

“Using a digital exhibition design software, we’re exploring what it means to present artworks virtually and the impact it might have on the future of art creation, curation, installation, and exhibition.” -- Mattie Reynolds (Choctaw), Assistant Professor in Museum Studies, and Balzer Gallery Director.

To view "Virtual Reservation" go to the link in our bio.

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Opening tomorrow at iaiamocna is "The Moving Land: 60+ Years of Art by Linda Lomahaftewa" which gathers together more than sixty years of Lomahaftewa’s (Hopi/Choctaw) artistic production, making it possible to see the ways her work has responded to time and place, shifting with new influences.

Lomahaftewa is a printmaker, painter, and mixed media artist, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has traveled and exhibited internationally and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Arts and twice in Who’s Who in American Indian Arts.

In 2001 she won the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Power of Art Award. After earning her high school diploma from IAIA Lomahaftewa received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to teaching at IAIA for more than forty years, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sonoma State University.

For information on visiting the museum go
to their Instagram page: iaiamocna

Shown: Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), “Cerro Grande Fire IV”, 2001. From the collection of the Artist.

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View the COVID-19 resource page on the IAIA website.