Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

FAQs

VISITOR SERVICES

What does it cost to see the exhibits?

MoCNA’s admission rates are $10 for adults; half-price for seniors (62+), students w/ valid ID, and NM residents; and free for members, Native people, veterans and their families, youth (16 & under), and NM residents visiting on Sunday. Admission rates are subject to change. Call 1.888.922.IAIA for more information.

How can I get on the mailing list to receive MoCNA program information?

Become a member to receive Newswinds, a quarterly publication highlighting events and happenings at MoCNA and IAIA, as well as a preview copy of museum gallery guides featuring exhibitions, programs and special member events happening at MoCNA throughout the year. As well, Members are automatically signed up to receive a free monthly enewsletter, which provides you with the most up-to-date information on what is happening at MoCNA. When you become a member, please be sure to provide us with your email address to ensure that you get access to special member events and benefits. For more information, please inquire at membership@iaia.edu.

What kind of tours do you offer?

When you pay admission, you will receive an in-depth printed gallery guide; feel free to use it as a narrative guide for your self-guided tour. Individual guided tours of most exhibits are available on request and based on availability of tour guides; please inquire at the admissions desk. MoCNA offers group tours for educational, traveler and corporate groups; group tours must be arranged at least two weeks prior to arrival. Please call 505.983.8900 or email groups@iaia.edu to arrange your group tour.

How do I book a group visit or tour?

Please make arrangements at least two weeks in advance. Call 505.983.8900 or email groups@iaia.edu.

Is it all right to bring a water bottle into the galleries?

Food and drink of any kind (including water bottles) are prohibited in the exhibit galleries.

Does the museum allow videotaping or photography?

MoCNA does not allow videotaping inside the museum. Non-flash photography is allowed only in the Museum Store, Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, North and South Courtyards, and Allan Houser Art Park and not within exhibition galleries, unless otherwise noted. Flash photography is prohibited at all times. Tripods are not permitted inside the museum.

Is it all right to use my cell phone in the museum?

We ask that you turn off or silence your cell phone while in the galleries. Cell phones may be used in the Museum Store, North and South Courtyards, and Allan Houser Art Park.

What happens if I lose something in the Museum?

Any items found in the museum are turned into the security office. Items are logged in and kept for 30 days. After that, they are donated to charity. Call museum security at 505.428.5905 for more information.

EXHIBITS AND COLLECTIONS

Where can I find information about past, current or upcoming exhibitions or installations?

If you are unable to find the information you need on our website, please email exhibits@iaia.edu

How can artists or independent curators get their work exhibited at MoCNA?

Artists and curators are welcome to submit images and exhibition proposals for review at any time. Visit our Opportunities page for guidelines.  Our chief curator will review any materials sent and follow up with the inquirer as needed. Please submit inquiries to

Ryan  Rice,  Chief Curator
MoCNA
(505) 428-5922
rrice@iaia.edu

How do I arrange to see a work of art in your collection not on view?

Qualified scholars and Native Americans may request to see works not currently on view by appointment, depending on staff availability. Appointments should be made by email at least one month in advance. Additionally, individual and group tours of our collection facility are available. In either case, a formal letter of interest should be emailed to collections@iaia.edu.

Where can I get information about a specific work in your collection?

While the online collections search is being developed, you may make an appointment to visit MoCNA’s collection to research specific artists and/or artwork. Please email your request to collections@iaia.edu.

How can I find out the value of an art work?

As a Federal organization, MoCNA’s staff may not authenticate or make monetary appraisals or estimates on any works of art for any purpose. Reputable sources for this type of assistance include the Art Dealers Association and the Appraisers Association of America.

Can the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts restore my work of art?

No, but the MoCNA collection staff may assist with general questions about object care and maintenance and provide referrals to other resources. Contact collections@iaia.edu with specific questions.

EVENTS

What events are happening at MoCNA?

Visit our online News & Events section to see a complete listing of events.

I’m interested in having my own special event at MoCNA.

Plan your next event or meeting at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. A variety of stunning contemporary spaces are available to serve small and intimate gatherings as well as large gala celebrations. Email membership@iaia.edu to inquire about having your event at the museum.

MEMBERSHIP

What does MoCNA membership cost?

Please visit our membership section for a complete description of the membership levels and their costs.

How do I become a member?

There are five ways you can become a member:

Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation
ATTN: Museum Membership
PO Box 22370
Santa Fe, NM 87502-9965

  • Or fax it to 505.424.0900

As a member, will I be able to bring guests in for free?

Beginning at the Sponsor level, members receive complimentary one-time-use guest passes. Guest passes must be presented at the admissions desk If your membership does not include guest passes, you can upgrade your membership to the level or higher, or you may purchase admission for your guests at the museum entrance.

What museums does MoCNA have reciprocity with?

Members at the Sponsor level and above receive the benefit of reciprocal membership with other art museums throughout the country. View a list of museums with which MoCNA shares reciprocity by clicking here.

MEDIA AND OTHER INQUIRIES

If I am a member of the media/press can I obtain special permission to film or photograph at MoCNA?

Yes. Media may request access to photograph or film special exhibitions, collection galleries, and the Allan Houser Art Park or building. Most film and photo shoots require supervision by a security staff person and may also require permission from the director of communications, curator of collections, chief curator, and director. All press inquiries should be directed to the office of Marketing and Communications, 

Alex  Shapiro,  Director
Institutional Advancement
(505) 424-2309
ashapiro@iaia.edu

  Please visit our press room for further information and updated press releases.

Can I obtain images for non-press related purposes, a catalog or book?

Requests of images for non-press related purposes can be made by contacting

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  Processing, reproduction, and image rights fees may be required.