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IAIA Acquires Houser Sculpture For Benefit Auction

Santa Fe, NM | Aug 8, 2013 –


Allan Houser 1975, IAIA Archives

Honoring the 20th anniversary of his gift to the school, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has acquired the bronze prototype of a prominent sculpture created and donated in 1993 by former IAIA instructor and renown artist Allan Houser. The Houser family donated the prototype with the hope that the proceeds from its auction will contribute to the ongoing growth of the school and the artistic evolution of its students.

Designed 20 years ago, Houser created the prototype for a piece originally entitled Cerrillos, a 5′ x 7′ bronze fabrication sculpture to be placed in the IAIA museum’s outdoor area to bear the longtime IAIA educator’s name. The monumental work encompassed abstract lines, unlike the traditional Native American themes being created by other artists at the time. Houser based it on the views outside his workshop windows, entitling it Cerrillos after the hills. He changed the name to Evolution before the Allan Houser Art Park dedication to inspire all artists to develop.

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Cerrillos, bronze fabrication prototype

“This is where you can practice and be proud of yourself and your heritage – be yourself, look back, see who you are, be proud of it and stand tall,” Houser said of the park bearing his name.

Evolution now sits at the campus entrance to commemorate Houser, a founding member of the IAIA faculty who taught for 25 years. And to honor the anniversary of Houser’s 100th birthday, IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts will have a birthday celebration July 19, 2014.

The 17″ x 20″ prototype of Evolution valued at $12,000 will be auctioned live during IAIA’s annual scholarship fundraiser on August 14. The IAIA Benefit Dinner and Auction raises more than $100,000 for student scholarships, with more than three dozen auction items featuring alumni, faculty and student artwork. Other prominent artists include:

  • Tony Abeyta


  • David Bradley
  • Dale Chilhuly
  • Patricia Michaels
  • Jody Naranjo
  • Rose Simpson
  • Preston Singletary
  • Darren Vigil Gray

Tickets are on sale for the Benefit Dinner and can be purchased online at www.iaia.edu/iaia-news/events/2013-iaia-benefit-dinner/.

For more information about the Benefit Dinner or to see auction items, please visit www.iaia.edu/iaia-news/events/2013-iaia-benefit-dinner/auction-items/.

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Contact Information

Kim Baca, 505.424.2351 or kbaca@iaia.edu.