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A Place in Clay Set to Open at MIAC
FEBRUARY 25, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Native Treasures Living Treasure exhibition, featuring artwork by this year’s honoree, Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo).   The exhibition,  A Place in Clay , seamlessly moves between clay sculptures and acrylic paintings, in which Wall engages with and explores her high desert surroundings. Finding inspiration in both her family’s artistic practices and the environment of Jemez Pueblo, Wall ask questions surrounding food sovereignty, language, and connection to place. 

MIAC in search of Pick-Up Truck for Here, Now and Always Exhibition
FEBRUARY 10, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – With the upcoming renovation of the  Here, Now and Always ( HNA ) exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), the museum and its staff are hard at work planning and executing the curation of the exhibition. There any many new and interactive sections that are planned to be installed during the restoration, however, MIAC is asking for the public’s help in acquiring one of their envisioned interactive objects. MIAC is searching for a pre-21st century (Chevy or Ford) pick-up truck that is intended to be a part of the Language and Song section of HNA . The truck will serve as a focus object that will give visitors the option to sit in and hear music and languages form indigenous areas around the Southwest.

MIAC Presents Dr. Joseph “Woody” Aguilar
JANUARY 13, 2020
“An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest.”
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – On Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 1 p.m., the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture hosts Dr. Joseph “Woody” Aguilar for “An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest,” which is based on Aguilar’s research and fieldwork over the last decade. An enrolled member of San Ildefonso Pueblo, Aguilar received a Doctorate of Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania last year.

Temporary Closing of Here, Now and Always  
JANUARY 6, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) — From its beginnings in 1989,  Here, Now and Always  (HNA), a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), emphasized Native knowledge and worldview. In the decades before its opening in 1997, museum representations of Native life and history were told by non-Native “experts” who stood on the outside looking in. They often represented Native cultures as existing in the past, discounting the living cultures of today — cultures whose traditions and lifeways have long been steeped in the humanities. HNA challenged and changed all that. It realized a new standard for seeing and sharing the Native world — from the community’s point of view.

Canes of Power Film Screening
DECEMBER 16, 2019

Closing of Beyond Standing Rock 
NOVEMBER 22, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture  (MIAC) will be closing its highly regarded exhibition,  Beyond Standing Rock . The exhibit examined artistic expressions to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and provides a timely look – given the battle at Chaco Canyon – at similar encroachments and violations of Native American sovereignty, many of which have impacted Native health and sacred lands.

Popular Seasonal Ornament Workshops in December at Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
NOVEMBER 12, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s popular ornament workshops return this year for four sessions in December. There are also two additional opportunities to make ornaments during the pottery demonstration of Lorrain Gala Lewis Wednesday, Dec. 11, and during the Museum Hill Holiday Stroll, Friday Dec. 13.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Selects Kathleen Wall as 2020 Native Treasures Living Treasure
OCTOBER 19, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) is pleased to announce Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo) as the 2020 recipient of the Native Treasures Living Treasures award. This award honors Native American artists who have made outstanding artistic contributions to the field of indigenous arts and culture.

MIAC Presents the Annual Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale - A Call for Donations and Consignment
SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
On October 3, 8, and 9, 2019 consignors may make appointments to contribute pieces from private collections for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture annual Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale. Walk-in donations and consignment will be accepted on October 8 and 9, 2019. Guidelines and forms are available on the MIAC website. Forms must be completed before the intake process begins.

Diego Romero vs. the End of Art
AUGUST 29, 2019
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is pleased to welcome Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) for his third exhibition at the museum titled, Diego Romero vs. the End of Art, opening October 6, 2019 until January 4, 2021. The exhibition will be the largest assemblage of Romero’s work, exploring his reflections on Native identity and history. Romero’s personal style combines Cochiti pottery techniques with graphic art influences, which together, create a narrative combating an allusive villain, t he End of Art.

MIAC Presents the Annual Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale
AUGUST 16, 2019
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) presents the annual Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale on October 12 and 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The sale, comprised of generations of Native Arts from private collectors, will be held in the museum’s Meem Auditorium, and benefits the museum through shared profits. Mediums include pottery, jewelry, textiles/weavings, paintings, baskets, and sculptures.

MIAC Opens San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600-1930: Voices of the Clay
JULY 22, 2019
On August 11, 2019, the San Ildefonso Tewa Women’s Club hosts the opening San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600—1930: Voices of the Clay at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Events include a Pueblo feast, celebration, and performances exemplifying the exhibition’s narrative, presented from the Pueblo’s perspective for the first time in San Ildefonso’s history. In illustrating portions of that narrative, co-curator Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) fired a pot on July 15, 2019, relaying histories behind his work.