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IAIA Dedicates New Welcome Center March 26

Santa Fe, NM | Mar 18, 2014 –


IAIA’s new Welcome Center is being built adjacent to the Science & Technology Building. Click on photo to see a video of the entrance of the center.


Peg Deam
Hail Song Mask, 2010
Cedar bark, shell, coins, pearls & trade beads
Photo credit: Jason S. Ordaz


Topaz Jones
It Starts With A Dream, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
Photo credit: Jason S. Ordaz

Celebrating growth, the future and the breadth and depth of work by alumni, IAIA will open its new two-story building with a ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony and alumni art show at 1 p.m. March 26.

The 15,000-square-foot addition adjacent to the Science and Technology Building will house the administration offices, such as the President’s office and Human Resources, as well as Admissions, Financial Aid and other student support services.

The new Welcome Center includes meeting rooms, public art space and a gallery where the first large-scale alumni show, Salutations: 1st IAIA Public Art Biennial, will open on campus featuring 35 IAIA graduates, including Chas Jamison Banks, Peg Deam, Topaz Jones, Jeff Kahm, Daniel McCoy, Jr., Melissa Melero, Rose B. Simpson and Charlene Teters. For a full list of alumni in the exhibition, click here.

New buildings and renovations are needed as student enrollment has grown 115 percent in the past seven years. About 450 students are currently enrolled at IAIA, including off-site high school students seeking college credit, and online and low-residency graduate students. IAIA saw record student enrollment this spring in the past 14 years. IAIA has a goal of growing student enrollment to 700 by 2017.

After employees move into their new offices in April, about 7,000 feet of space in the east section of the current administration building will be freed and turned into additional classrooms and studio space. Construction on the studio space is slated to start this summer.

Planning, design and construction of the $3.5 million center had several sources of funding, including a U.S. Department of Education grant, two USDA Rural Development Tribal College Initiative Community Facility grants, and funding from a state general obligation bond to renovate and upgrade higher education facilities approved by New Mexico voters in November 2012.

The Welcome Center, “green” built to new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards of energy efficiency, is the 11th building to open on campus. The IAIA community celebrated the grand opening of the Center for Lifelong Education, Foundry, and Science and Technology buildings in 2009.

The dedication is slated from 1 – 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Visitors will be able to tour the new building, as well as learn about other building changes happening at IAIA.

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Contact Information

Kim Baca, 505.424.2351 or kbaca@iaia.edu.