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IAIA Celebrates 50 Years of Contemporary Native Art

Santa Fe, NM | Oct 10, 2012 –

The world’s only four-year fine arts college dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts is celebrating a historic milestone Saturday.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 13 with panel sessions on IAIA’s impact on creative writing, museum studies, Indigenous studies and studio arts with astute alumni and faculty, including Creative Writing Chairman Jon Davis, who is also Santa Fe’s poet laureate, and award-winning poet Joy Harjo (Muscogee (Creek) Nation). Other panelists include award-winning artist Tony Abeyta (Navajo) and Pojoaque Pueblo Governor George Rivera.

Other events include campus tours, garden and greenhouse tours, art demonstrations, some using state-of-the-art equipment, and student films and art exhibitions.

“As IAIA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we are proud to be the birthplace for contemporary Native art,” IAIA President Robert Martin said. “We all continue to be inspired by the vision, originality and achievements of our alumni and current students.”

As part of the anniversary events, the IAIA campus will dedicate a sculpture by alumnus Craig Dan Goseyun (San Carlos Apache) at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. Goseyun donated his 17,000-pound Italian marble senior thesis project to IAIA after completion in September. Follows the Mountain now sits at the roundabout on Richards Avenue and College Drive at one of the Rancho Viejo subdivision entrances.

Offering degrees in studio arts, creative writing, new media arts, Indigenous liberal studies, and museum studies, IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts.  It is the only college in New Mexico with National Association of Schools of Art and Design accreditation. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges, the school began as a high school for Native Americans in 1962 and now serves nearly 400 Native and non-Native American college students from across the nation.

The panel sessions and the keynote speaker, Gerald McMaster, a 1974 alumnus and co-artistic director for the 2012 Sydney Biennale in Australia, will be streamed live over the internet starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The panelists will answer questions live via chat from the Internet audience.

For more information about IAIA’s 50th anniversary or to view a schedule of events, go to www.iaia.edu/iaia-news/events/iaias-50th-anniversary-celebration/. To read more about the sculpture dedication and artist Craig Dan Goseyun, go  www.iaia.edu/calendar/sculpturededication/. To view a historic interactive timeline of IAIA’s 50 year history, go to www.iaia.edu/50th.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed October 13 as Institute of American Indian Arts 50th Anniversary Day throughout the state of New Mexico. Click here to read the proclamation.

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Contact Information

Kim Baca, 505-424-2351 or kbaca@iaia.edu