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IAIA Receives $50,000 USDA Grant for Student Research

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has received a $50,000 USDA grant for student research in agriculture and nutrition.    


The funding will also host a visiting scholar from New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde, N.M., to help students study agriculture. Students will learn about soil preparation, irrigation methods in dry climates, and nutritional benefits of organically produced foods. They will also measure family participation in a farming or gardening and healthy eating program.

Lettuce seedlings in IAIA's greenhouse


In 1994, Congress approved IAIA land grant status, a provision given to tribally-controlled colleges and universities to better help serve their consumers through higher education programs involving teaching, community outreach and research. The 1994 Land Grant Institutions primarily serve Native American populations typically located in remote, underserved communities that lack access to higher education. Relevant culturally sensitive curriculum is included so that Native American students and communities can incorporate their cultural and historical identity. The USDA Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service provides the funds to support the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program.


In the past two years, IAIA’s Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) has developed a campus demonstration garden, growing peaches, lettuce, onions and other fruits and vegetables to increase awareness of traditional foods production, as well as provide work-study and internships to students interested in learning about or enhancing their knowledge of regional tribal farming and alternative methodologies in agriculture. A greenhouse has been built on campus with a USDA Extension grant to serve as an alternative and experiential classroom.  


Although faculty have integrated agricultural curriculum and outreach opportunities in the Indigenous Liberal Studies and Museum Studies departments, student agriculture and scientific research has been lacking. Some students have stated that they want to grow their own foods in IAIA’s garden and monitor their families’ financial and health benefits.


R. Edmund Gomez, NMSU visiting scholar who has worked with tribal communities, will mentor IAIA students in a study of small-scale traditional food crop production and the nutritional benefits and outcomes. The scholar in turn will learn about the tribal college system, including outreach and community-based programs, as well as share his/her knowledge of research in regional small family farming.


The research team will also provide mentoring to Native high school students in agriscience and culinary arts at the Santa Fe Indian School as part of IAIA’s dual-credit and integrated curriculum program in the two-year project starting in September.


Campus demonstration garden 

Results of the student research will be presented at the annual CLE Health and Wellness conference, and students will be encouraged to co-write and publish their findings in scholarly journals, such as the Tribal College Journal, and agricultural and health-related publications. The students and families will also generate a cookbook, which will be available for sale to the campus, tribal and Santa Fe communities.


IAIA is one of several tribal colleges across the nation engaging in programs to revitalize traditional food cultivation, harvesting and cooking. According to participants at a previous FALCON (what is FALCON) conference, more work needs to be done in the area of food security and affordability.


“For 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has served as a premier institution whose efforts are critical to protecting the heritage and culture of Native American communities, not only across New Mexico, but across the country, while exploring the latest influences that are reflected in the contemporary work of incredible artists,” said U.S. House Rep. Ben Ray Luján D- N.M., who announced the grant Friday. “IAIA is instrumental in nurturing the next generation of artists in Indian Country, as well as promoting and protecting the work of its students. Federal grants like this one are critical to bolster their efforts and ensure that IAIA has the resources it needs to continue to provide its students with the opportunity to inspire the community with their art work.”


For more information about IAIA’s visiting scholar and student agriculture and nutrition research program, contact Luke Reed at 505-424-5950 or lreed@iaia.edu. For more information about IAIA’s Center for Lifelong Learning, go to www.iaia.edu/cle/.   

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IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin Interviewed on “Issues and Answers”

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin will appear on KCHF TV’s “Issues and Answers,” a public affairs show airing on Channel 11 in New Mexico. Dr. Martin discusses the campus and its 50-year history.

Dr. Robert Martin with Host Diane Kinderwater

“Issues and Answers” with Dr. Martin will air at 6:30p.m. June 13. Other air times inlcude:

  • 10 a.m. June 22
  • 7:30 p.m. June 23
  • 2 p.m. June 24
  • 10 p.m. June 30

Winter Exhibition Schedule 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts                







Wendy Ortega 

O (505) 424-2351



Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Winter Exhibition Schedule 2012


Santa Fe, NM – Five decades of art education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has produced a large body of thought-provoking work. Beginning in January, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) offers five exhibitions in its Winter line-up featuring art from its vast national collection. 

“MoCNA rings in the New Year with new exhibitions showcasing IAIA alumni’s talent and contributions to the art world. Through these thoughtful and informative exhibitions, MoCNA challenges pre-conceived notions of what is expected from Native arts,” said Patsy Phillips, Director, MoCNA. “First up is an impressive collection of the work of Iroquois artists who attended the Institute from its beginnings in 1962. We hope the public will begin a journey with us through 50 years of IAIA and the unique perspectives of its students.” 


Jan 21 – July 31 

Joey David — Keeper of the Eastern Door
Under The Influence: Iroquois Artists at IAIA (1962-2012)

Curators: Ryan Rice and Colette Lemmon 

The Institute of American Indian Arts plays an important role in contributing to a growing Indigenous diaspora specifically through the creative process, instilling the spirit of a contemporary community while at the same time maintaining a deeper attachment to autonomy, home and nation each student arrives with. 

More than 150 Iroquois artists have attended IAIA since 1962. Many of these individuals have built distinguished careers upon the creative foundations provided by the Institute, bringing forth imaginative, articulate and eloquent visions. Under the Influence: Iroquois Artists at IAIA is a visual testament to the stimulating atmosphere of interchange and experimentation generated by the Institute on one of the most visible and cohesive indigenous groups in the northeast.

Selected works will map 50 years of artistic cultivation related to the IAIA. Together as members of the Iroquois Confederacy, a collective history continues to be affirmed and reexamined through symbolism, narrative, color, and form (contemporary and traditional) which situates this broad range of art in relation to an Iroquois worldview that includes themes shared by many Indigenous nations. Drawing from a rich expressive vocabulary, the exhibition is comprised of pottery, stone sculpture, photography, jewelry, painting, printmaking, installation, mixed and multi media works that convey strong visual statements on identity, as well as society, tradition, and survival — a stance both initiated and nurtured by the IAIA. 

Artists: Coleen Bins, Natasha Smoke Santiago, Brenda Hill, Tom Huff, Judy Jourdan, Sue Ellen Herne, alex Jacobs, Katsitsionni Fox, Beverly DeCouteau, Rose Kerstetter, Kenneth Metoxen, Ralph Cornelius, Preston Hill, Peter B. Jones, Fred Gonyea, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Dwayne Sylvester, Joey David, Steven Chrisjohn Sr., Julie Chrisjon Bush, Roger Perkins, Linley Logan, Randle Charles, Kenneth Williams, Dennis Williams, Jamison Chas Banks, Hoka Skenadore, Bruce King.


Jan 21 – March 31

Peter B. Jones–Last Dance

Peter B Jones: Prophecy

Peter B. Jones, an Onondaga master potter who works with both traditional and contemporary aesthetics, will present Prophecy, a timely exhibition pertaining to 2012 Indigenous prophecies and incorporating themes of ecology, creation, demise and the future according to Iroquois traditional teachings and other cultural beliefs. As one of IAIA’s first graduates, Jones will also initiate, through his exhibition, IAIA’s 50th Anniversary. 

The exhibition Prophecy is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


VISION Projections

The VISION Projections is a program of 4 short films by emerging directors Carey Tully,Dylan McLaughlinRyan Begay and Marcella Ernest, all of who have attended the IAIA. Artists bring to the screen, their interpretation of the concept “vision”. This project culminates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Vision Project, a Ford Foundation supported initiative to advance the dialogue on contemporary native art. 

The VISION Projections are generously supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.


Wendy Red Star–Rez Car
Wendy Red Star: Rez Car

Having grown up on the Crow Indian Reservation, artist Wendy Red Star always had a fondness for the broken down reservation cars that litter the landscape. Often these cars are viewed as blemishes that indicate laziness, poverty, and a deficiency in education. However, Red Star has come to recognize the abandoned vehicles as objects of beauty that represent a resilient and proud community that overcomes obstacles to keep its culture alive.




 Richard Glazer-Danay
Shake, Rattle & Roll

Richard Glazer Danay: Shake, Rattle & Roll

In the exhibition Shake, Rattle & Roll, Mohawk artist Richard Glazer Danay reflects upon traditional material culture and sources new materials to make rattles and its relevancy to culture and ceremony in the 21st century.  Rattles are instruments still employed in scared rituals among Native Americans and are commonly made from natural materials such as animal horns, bark, shell, bones, stones and gourds. At the beginning of the 19th century, man-made materials were integrated into the rattles — like the Calumet baking powder tin can that sometimes replaced traditional materials in function, not spirituality.  Glazer Danay mines discount stores and other places for ready-made objects he transforms into contemporary rattles as a means to recognize and revitalize tradition.  

Opening Reception for all exhibitions will take place on Friday, January 20, 2012 from 5pm-7pm. Artist talks with Richard Glazer Danay and Peter B Jones will take place on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2012. Time TBA. 



Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

108 Cathedral Place

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Info- 505-983-1666



Wednesday – Saturday 10 – 5 / Sunday 12 – 5 / Monday 10 – 5 / Closed on Tuesday

MoCNA galleries are closed from January 1-19; MoCNA store is open. MoCNA is located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico at 108 Cathedral Place. 


For more information about the exhibitions, please call 505.424.2351 or emailwortega@iaia.edu. For more information about IAIA, please visit www.iaia.edu.




The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection, acquisition, preservation, and interpretation. TheMoCNA is the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions devoted exclusively to the display of dynamic and diverse arts practices representative of Native North America.





 83 A Van Nu Po Road. Santa Fe, NM 87508  



For 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a leading role in the direction and shape of Native expression. As it has grown and evolved into an internationally acclaimed College, MoCNA and Center for Lifelong Education, IAIA’s dedication to the study and advancement of Native Arts and Cultures is matched only by its commitment to student achievement and the preservation and progress of the communities they represent. 

Institute of American Indian Arts Archives Acquires Lloyd H. New Papers

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Ryan Flahive, 505.424.5743 (ph)

The archives of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is proud to announce the acquisition of the Lloyd H. New Papers. New’s widow, Aysen New of Santa Fe, New Mexico, generously donated the collection to IAIA on November 12, 2010. Lloyd H. New, known professionally as Lloyd “Kiva” New, was hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1961 as the first art director of IAIA and held the position of president of the Institute from 1968 until his retirement in 1978. The Lloyd H. New Papers will reshape the written history of IAIA and of Indian education in the post-termination period of U.S. Indian affairs. (more…)