Bob Haozous’s sculpture “Mother” (1988) at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (photo by M. Harada)

The MFA in Studio Arts program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a low-residency graduate program that is mindful of students’ needs to maintain relationships with their home communities while they develop their professional arts practice. The core pedagogical approach of the program is based on nurturing mentorships with renowned master artists.

Since its inception 60 years ago, IAIA has been dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures. The school is deeply committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of Native communities. The MFA in Studio Arts program furthers IAIA’s mission and reach by providing artists with an Indigenous-focused education that fosters the importance of lifelong learning and outreach.

The program’s curriculum is based on Indigenous ways of knowing and directly engages the complex histories and challenges of our time. It delivers a world-class contemporary arts education and empowers its students to give voice to a broad spectrum of Indigenous experiences. IAIA’s MFA program offers the opportunity for artists to remain committed to their communities while gaining an understanding of, and contributing to, emerging discourses in contemporary art production.

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