The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum

Date July 31, 2008 at 10:00 PM


Located in downtown Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum is an internationally respected arts venue and is the largest repository of contemporary Native American, Alaska Native, and Canadian First Nations art in the United States. With more than 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and an expansive sculpture garden, IAIA Museum regularly exhibits work from its 7,000 piece permanent collection. It also hosts traveling exhibits and other important installations.

Fritz Scholder: An Intimate Look

A major exhibition of artwork by Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), one of the most celebrated contemporary American artists of the 20th century, will be on display from July 19, 2008 continuing through February 15, 2009. In what is the largest showing of Scholder's work to date, "Fritz Scholder: An Intimate Look"€ will include nearly 100 of the artist's paintings, prints and sculptures. Joseph Sanchez, IAIA Museum curator, selected work from Scholder's personal archives--those pieces Scholder kept for himself--offering an extraordinary glimpse into the artist's life.

In addition to the pieces from Scholder's archives, the exhibit will also include an extensive selection of prints from the "Indians Forever"€ and "Roma"€ suites, major sculptures and several haunting paintings Scholder created before his passing in 2005. Self-portraits, vampires, Egyptian-influenced subject matter, landscapes, mystery women and "millennium thoughts"€ in various mediums also make an appearance. As one of IAIA's most illustrious professors from its founding decade, the 1960s, Scholder is known for deconstructing the myth of the American Indian, and constantly examining the concept of identity. Considered controversial at first because of his realist take on Indian life, his contribution to the success of contemporary Indian Art and his influence on artists, Native and non-Native, continues today. A public opening reception will be held during the week of Indian Market on Wednesday, August 20th from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate this extraordinary show.

A "Conversations to Remember"€ panel discussion related to the exhibit will take place on Friday, August 22, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, also at the IAIA Museum. The panel will feature the Curator of Canadian Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario Gerald McMaster, Ph.D. (Plains Cree), Associate Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), and IAIA Museum Interim Director/Curator Joseph Sanchez. The panel seeks to explore the implications of Scholder's work on the larger art world and how his influence can be seen today.

Seeds of Inspiration: Alumni Work from the Permanent Collection

Another exhibit at IAIA Museum, "Seeds of Inspiration: Alumni Work from the Permanent Collection"€ runs through February 1, 2009. It features work made from 1964 through 1969 at the IAIA College. During those early years, students were encouraged to "step outside the box"€ in creating art. They were inspired by European and American artists with their use of abstraction and geometric shapes, but fused those elements with their own traditions and culture, creating work with incredibly unique features. Most of the art recognized from the early years of IAIA are paintings, prints and drawings. The distinctive three dimensional work has rarely had a stage, until now.

2008 IAIA Alumni and Student Art Market

Visit IAIA Museum August 23 and 24, 2008 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m) during the Santa Fe Indian Market and buy hand-made, contemporary creations directly from IAIA alumni and students! Alumni participants include: Kenneth Aguilar, Bessy Berman, Mary Calabaza, Thompson Chicharello, Erika Eckerstrand, Jackie Gala, Shirley Mares, Carl Winters and Marilyn Wounded Head. Student Participants include: Natasha Wagner, Daniel Remmengo, Nicholas D. Begay, Kenneth Peshlakai, Marty G. Two Bulls, Jr., Michael Scheigman, Luther J. Pilant III and Taketo Yamashita.

The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum Store

The IAIA Museum Store is the premier shopping destination for contemporary Native American art in Santa Fe. The store's Lloyd Kiva New Gallery rotates exhibits year-round and provides space for special book signings and opening receptions, as well.

Métis Beadwork by Marguerite Houle

Marguerite Houle's beadwork will be featured at the IAIA Museum Store August 1 - 31, 2008 with an opening reception (Houle's first in Santa Fe!) August 21, 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Houle spent much of her childhood living in northern Vermont on the U.S./Quebec border. Her grandmother taught her the art of beadwork, saying, "If you know your colors and you watch and listen to what is around you in the world, you can bead anything you think of."€ Houle incorporates many traditional and contemporary Woodland and Great Lakes designs into her work in honor of her grandmother and all of the grandmothers who came before her.

Annual Denise Wallace Show and Sale

The IAIA Museum Store will host legendary Chugach Aleut jeweler Denise Wallace from August 21 - 27, 2008 with an opening reception on August 21: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wallace creates jewelry in silver, fossilized walrus ivory and colored stone, capturing Native Alaskan folklore and life. Meet Wallace at her opening reception and see her work before it is all gone!

Mary Lou Big Day (Crow) and Jeweler Chris Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo/Chiricahua Apache)

Indian Arts and Crafts Association Artist of the Year, Mary Lou Big Day and jeweler Chris Pruitt will be hosted by the IAIA Museum Store during Indian Market August 23 and 24, 2008. Big Day is known for her intricately beaded dolls, items of clothing and more. Chris Pruitt is a jeweler who creates contemporary silver and turquoise pieces.

Fall Events at the IAIA Museum

The Art of Broken Records: The Werewulf Micah Wesley and Hoka Skenadore
See what happens when two artists who have explored similar themes, mediums and ideas finally come together. Graffiti, elements of pop culture, and lots of color land on old vinyl records for a funky fresh show. The exhibit takes place in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery at the IAIA Museum Store September 1, 2008 through October 12, 2008 with an opening reception Friday, September 5th from 4-7 p.m.


Adult admission is $5
For senior citizens (62 and over), students with valid IDs and residents of NM: $2.50
For Native people, IAIA Museum members, youth under the age of 16, and NM residents visiting on Sunday, admission is always free! In celebration of the Santa Fe Indian Market, IAIA Museum admission will be waived August 23 and 24, 2008!

Become a Member

IAIA Museum memberships start at just $40 and make great gifts for family and friends. You or your gift recipient can enjoy the Museum and a whole array of exhibits and members-only benefits all year long. Call 505-983-8900 x122 to join today