Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Past Exhibitions

Seeds of Inspiration: Alumni Work from the Permanent Collection»

July 19 – September 1, 2008;

During the early years of the Institute of American Indian Arts, the students were encouraged to ‘step outside the box’ in creating their art. They were inspired by European and American artists in abstraction and geometric shapes. Combined with their own traditions and culture, these students created work with some very unique qualities.

Fritz Scholder: An Intimate Look»

July 19, 2008 – June 7, 2009;

Fritz Scholder An Intimate Look is a journey into the life work of one prolific and passionate artist. This experience of the seven series borrowed from the collections of Lisa Markgraf Scholder and Romona Scholder include: Indians Forever, Roma, Vampir, Possession, Human in Nature, Mystery Women and Millennium.

New Works from Norman Akers»

March 3 – April 28, 2008;

Osage artist Norman Akers creates mythic landscapes that merge tribal cosmology with personal experience in an ever-evolving visual field. This vision is expressed using various abstract and representational symbols that relate the Osage creation story and the life cycles of humans and animals.

Voices from the Mound»

February 1 – June 22, 2008;

Artists from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are not unknown presences on the Santa Fe contemporary art scene.

Valjean Hessing»

February 1 – June 23, 2008;

A selection of works by Choctaw painter Valjean McCarty Hessing (1934-2006) drawn from collectors and institutions will be spotlighted in IAIA Museum’s North Gallery.


October 12, 2007 - January 13, 2008;

An exhibition curated by IAIA Curator Joseph Sanchez and Mateo Romero that addresses the role and experience of Native American in modern warfare, and offers a sensitive, honest presentation of traditional and historic issues that have faced Native Americans in war from World War II to the present. Curators: Joseph Sanchez and Mateo Romero

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