IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

JoAnn Lynn Balzer

Joann Balzer

Balzer is a Santa Fe community leader and arts advocate, has more than twenty years of non-profit management, museum and fund-raising experience. She has long been a supporter of the contemporary expressions of Native American arts and cultures.

She helped establish the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, the Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, the Code of the West Foundation, and the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She co-founded the Collectors’ Club at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles and Friends of Indian Art at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

Ms. Balzer currently serves on the boards of the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and is an advisory trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Balzer formerly served on the boards of the Southwest Museum and Autry National Center in Los Angeles, Creative Santa Fe, and New Mexico Women in the Arts, and was Executive Director of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Code of the West, and Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership Foundations.

In 2003, she was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to serve as President of the New Mexico Film Museum and in 2009 as a Commissioner of New Mexico Arts, the state arts agency. In addition to her educational experience teaching mathematics at Pepperdine University and Pennsylvania State University, she has twenty-five years of technology and business experience with IBM. Balzer is a magna cum laude graduate of Westminster College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a minor in education, and holds a Master’s of Science in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.