IAIA 50th Anniversary

IAIA 50th Anniversary

  • paolo soleri

    IAIA Performance at the Paolo Soleri Theatre

    Originally constructed for contemporary American Indian theatre, the Paolo Soleri theatre was commissioned in 1965 and opened in 1971.

  • Grand Opening

    IAIA Campus Grand Opening

    Dignitaries and community members celebrate the grand opening of the Administration Building on the new IAIA campus in Rancho Viejo.

  • lecture

    Southwestern Indian Art Project

    The Southwestern Indian Art Project at the University of Arizona, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, was a direct precursor to the innovative program at IAIA. Courtesy of The Rockefeller Archive Center

  • White House Performance

    IAIA White House Performance

    IAIA students perform a traditional Apache dance in the White House for President Lyndon B. Johnson and foreign dignitaries.

  • IAIA faculty

    IAIA Arts Faculty

    Lloyd ‘Kiva’ New, Fritz Scholder, Charles Loloma and Allan Houser were among the many talented art faculty members who taught at IAIA during the 1960s.

  • IAIA Painting Students

    IAIA Painting Students

    Outside of the main administration building on the old campus of the Santa Fe Indian School, IAIA painting students arrange their work.

A Continuum of Legacy: Celebrating 50 Years of Educating and Supporting American Indian Art and Artists

The story of the Institute of American Indian Arts is a rich continuum of those who believed in and developed what became the nation’s first and only higher educational institution dedicated to promoting the indigenous arts and cultures of North America. Here we share the milestones from its visionary beginnings to its inception, to its leaders to national recognition, and expansion of the institution it is today. We invite alumni, students, faculty and friends to share in these milestones and bountiful history as we celebrate and evolve in the next 50 years.