Institute of American Indian Arts

Institute of American Indian Arts
Institute of American Indian Arts
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87508
United States
Coordinates 35°35′13″N 106°00′36″W / 35.587°N 106.010°W / 35.587; -106.010Coordinates: 35°35′13″N 106°00′36″W / 35.587°N 106.010°W / 35.587; -106.010
School type 4-year tribal college
Established 1962
School number 350
President Dr. Robert Martin
Grades Freshman-Senior
Enrollment 250
Language English language, Navajo language
Color(s) Silver & Turquoise          
Team name Thunderbirds (basketball)
Affiliation AIHEC

The Institute of American Indian Arts is a college focused on Native American art. It is situated in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is congressionally chartered, and was created by an executive order of former American President John F. Kennedy in 1962. It offers two- and four-year undergraduate degrees in museum studies, creative writing, visual communications, indigenous liberal studies, studio art, and new media art.[1] The college offered its first bachelor's degrees in 2001, and in 2006 graduated 43 students.

IAIA also operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, which is housed in the historic Santa Fe Federal Building (the old Post Office), a landmark Pueblo Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [2] The museum features the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden.


Notable faculty

Notable alumni

  • Marcus Amerman, Choctaw bead artist
  • Earl Biss, Crow painter
  • Sherwin Bitsui, Navajo poet
  • T.C. Cannon, Kiowa-Caddo-Choctaw painter
  • Eddie Chuculate, Muscogee (Creek)-Cherokee author and journalist
  • Kelly Church, Odawa-Ojibwe basketweaver
  • Benjamin Harjo, Jr., Shawnee-Seminole painter and printmaker
  • Joy Harjo, Muscogee Creek-Cherokee poet and jazz musician
  • Allison Hedge Coke, Huron-Muscogee-Cherokee author
  • Kevin Locke, Lakota-Anishinabe hoop dancer
  • Gerald McMaster, Plains Cree-Siksika First Nation author, artist, and curator
  • America Meredith, Swedish-Cherokee painter, printmaker, and curator
  • Dan Namingha, Tewa-Hopi painter and sculptor
  • Jody Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo potter
  • Kevin Red Star, Crow painter
  • James Thomas Stevens, Akwesasne Mohawk poet
  • Roxanne Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo ceramicist and sculptor
  • Charlene Teters, Spokane painter and installation artist
  • Randy'L He-dow Teton, Shoshone-Bannock model for Sacajawea Gold Dollar coin
  • Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Seminole-Muscogee-Diné photographer, writer, curator, and educator
  • Marie Watt, Seneca printmaker and conceptual artist

Notable staff


  1. ^ IAIA School Website (retrieved 19 Jan 09)
  2. ^ NHRP listings in Santa Fe County

External links

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