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IAIA Opens Institute Visionary Lloyd “Kiva” New Collection to Public

Santa Fe, NM | May 31, 2013 –

The archives of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is opening to the public the collection of Lloyd H. New, a past president and art director of IAIA.

        Lloyd “Kiva” New 

An arts education visionary, Lloyd Henri New, known professionally as Lloyd “Kiva” New, was responsible for much of the groundbreaking multicultural curriculum at IAIA. New (Cherokee) left a lucrative career in fashion design when the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) hired him as IAIA’s art director in 1961. He was promoted to president of the Institute in 1967 and held this leadership position until his retirement from the BIA in 1978. New served on several boards, advised museums across the continent during his career, and returned to IAIA in various roles until his death in 2002.

Donated in 2011 by New’s widow, Aysen New of Santa Fe, the collection contains reports, publications, manuscripts, speeches, photographs, drawings and audio/visual materials. It documents in detail New’s activities as an accomplished textile artist in Scottsdale during the 1950s, his lifelong dedication to Indian education, and his work at IAIA.

A highlight of the New archive is his literary manuscripts. New’s philosophical writings on multicultural education, American Indian art, and museum development abound within the collection. As the philosophical founder of IAIA, New’s writings on the purpose, goals, and future of IAIA are crucial to understanding the unique and experimental nature of the Institute’s curriculum, which continues today.  Several of these writings have been published in a new book on the history of IAIA, Celebrating Difference: Fifty Years of Contemporary Native Arts at IAIA, 1962-2012 (Sunstone Press, 2012), by IAIA archivist Ryan S. Flahive.

With a grant from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board received in 2012, the IAIA archives arranged and described 60 boxes, including 50 cubic feet of New’s papers. The online research aid and a detailed description of the collection can be found on the Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA) website by clicking here. Access to the collection is by appointment only.

For more information on this important collection, contact Archivist Ryan S. Flahive at 505.424.2392 or rflahive@iaia.edu.  

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