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Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012

The Institute of American Indian Arts will celebrate 50 years

Sept 12. | The Navajo Post

The Institute of American Indian Arts will host an open house and its 50th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 13 at the IAIA campus. Several events have been planned, including panel sessions on IAIA’s impact on Creative Writing, Indigenous Studies, museum studies and studio and new media arts. Other events include:

  • Keynote address by Dr. Gerald McMaster, a ’74 alum and co-artistic director for the 2012 Sydney Biennale in Australia
  • Campus tours
  • Storytelling by Stephen Fadden (Mohawk), Distance Education Resources Coordinator
  • Dedication of IAIA’s greenhouse
  • Oral history presentations and opportunities for IAIA students, alumni and community members to record their own stories
  • Faculty and student exhibits and demonstration
  • A discussion and viewing of IAIA’s more than 7,500 items in its museum collection, including artwork created by students since school opened in 1962
  • A foundry bronze pour occurring at the Sculpture Complex
  • Experimental art and video by students and staff in the world’s only fully moveable Digital Dome
  • Food, music and games

Please join IAIA as the nation’s only four-year fine arts institution dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts celebrates 50 years. To view a timeline of IAIA’s 50-year history, go to For more information about the 50th celebration, contact:

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The Institute of American Indian Arts will celebrate 50 years