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Maria Samora: A Master of Elegance

New Exhibition Opening

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Drop by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture for the public opening of a display of work by Maria Samora (Taos) at 1pm on Sunday. At 2pm, join us for a panel discussion about Native women in the jewelry realm, one typically dominated by men. Moderator is MIAC’s Deputy Director Marla Redcorn-Miller and panelists include the artist, Maria Samora (Taos), Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa), and Robin Waynee (Saginaw Chippewa). Light refreshments served.

Admission is free on Sunday, April 8 due to Easter falling on the first Sunday of the month.


WOW Mobile Museum visits the Roundhouse

9:00 am through 1:00 pm

The Wonders on Wheels Mobile Museum will be on Don Gaspar outside the New Mexico State Capitol building on Monday, April 9th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm!

Stop by and see the featured exhibit from the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture entitled "Indigenous New Mexico: Sharing the Wonders of Our World." This exhibit focuses on the importance of traditional foods, plants, and animals as well as dance-music, and the arts of New Mexico’s indigenous populations.


Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

with Alvina Yepa (Jemez Pueblo)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

A member of the Jemez Sun Clan, Alvina Yepa started helping her mother paint and polish pots at 8 years old. Along the way, she learned traditional pottery techniques from her mother. In 1986, she began entering her work in shows and has garnered 16 awards from SWAIA’s Indian Market alone, in addition to prizes at the Heard, and other renowned markets.

Remember: Wednesdays are FREE for New Mexico Seniors!



Upton Ethelbah, Jr. (Greyshoes) - Finding Essence in Stone

Friends of Indian Art Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Upton S. Ethelbah, Jr. (Santa Clara Pueblo and White Mountain Apache), also known as Greyshoes, sculpts contemporary, stylized, and flowing forms inspired by the aesthetic motifs and movements found in the ceremonial regalia and dances of his heritage. He is also known for his “essentialized” Native American medicine bears and a variety of other sacred animal representations. Greyshoes works exclusively in stone. A selection of unique stone originals are then chosen to be cast in bronze in limited editions.

Note: you must be an FIA member to attend events. Please visit the following link to join the group and enjoy a full calendar of events!



12:00 pm through 4:00 pm





Climate Change in New Mexico

an Arbor Day Lecture

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Atherton Phleger of the South Central Climate Science Center visits MIAC to discuss climate change in our state, including climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning. His main role with SCCSC is to provide technical assistance and scientific data to Southwest tribes. Atherton says that while "Climate change can be systemic, abstract, and often frightening...there are many reasons to be hopeful about the future of New Mexico."


Utilizing Modern Technology to Understand the Past: GIS and Remote Sensing at an Ancient Maya Community

Archaeology 101 Series / with Amy Thompson

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Learn from UNM graduate student Amy Thompson how the technology behind apps like Google Maps and Pokemon Go can be used in archaeological research to visualiz and map ancient sites as well as model past community relationships and social organization.


Against All Odds: The Education of a Jicarilla Apache Chief’s Family

1:00 pm through 3:00 pm

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will feature a panel comprising six of the seven children of Albert Velarde Jr. from the Jicarilla Apache Nation, all of whom received a degree of higher education (there are BAs, MAs, and even a PhD and JD in the mix). They will offer a formal program about their college experiences from their Native perspectives, a question and answer session with the siblings moderated by Veronica Tiller, Ph.D., daughter of Albert Velarde Jr., and plenty of time for queries from the audience. The panel has been organized to complement MIAC’s current exhibition, Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans

Please visit our media center to read a comprehensive description of this fascinating program!



Teri Greeves Discusses Her Beading Work

A "Stepping Out" Program

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, May 6, for a fascinating talk with Teri Greeves about her beading process and her contributions to the Stepping Out footwear exhibition. Admission is free for New Mexico residents the first Sunday of the month.


Maria Samora, Jeweler - A Touch of Gold

Friends of Indian Art Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Long a favorite jeweler for stylish New Mexican women, Maria has a worldwide following. Her work is contemporary yet evolving, inspired by nature and the gems she finds. Her style is understated elegance and simplicity combining different metals and stones. Her masterful metal working techniques make her jewelry entirely wearable but it also must “lie and feel right”.

Samora Studio is an award-winning, Taos family-business, inspired by her culture and creative spirit. Maria works with her husband, jeweler and photographer Kevin Rebholtz. 

Note: you must be an FIA member to attend events. Please visit the following link to join the group and enjoy a full calendar of events!  

FRIDAY, MAY 25 through SUNDAY, MAY 27

Native Treasures: A MIAC Art Market

14th Annual Native Art Market Benefit for MIAC

Native Treasures celebrates its 14th year as the primary benefit/fundraiser for MIAC’s exhibitions and education programs.

For all things Native Treasures (including times and admission) please click on this link!


Domesticating the Wild: Archaeological Research into Turkey Husbandry & Management

Archaeology 101 Series / with Cyler Conrad

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Explore the ways archaeology in the prehispanic Southwest has helped us understand how humans and turkeys interacted together through time with LANL Archaeologist and UNM graduate student Cyler Conrad.


Jeff Kahm: Contemporary Painter

Friends of Indian Art Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Rooted in indigenous abstraction and modernist aesthetics, Plains Cree artist Jeff Kahm represents a national and internationally recognized presence in the contemporary native art universe. Kahm is associate professor of studio art at the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has been featured at U.S. Embassies in Colombia, Africa, Canada and the U.A.E.; exhibitions in Japan and Switzerland; and locally at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from an emerging leader in the newest generation of native painters.

Note: you must be an FIA member to attend events. Please visit the following link to join the group and enjoy a full calendar of events!


Obsidian in the Ancient American Southwest

Archaeology 101 Series / with Sean Dolan

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Before the Spanish arrived in the American Southwest, obsidian was the sharpest material available for making stone tools for hunting, warfare, and ceremony. Each flow of this volcanic glass has a unique geothermal fingerprint, allowing archaeologists to trace social interaction, trade, and mobility in ancient times. Lecture delivered by Sean Dolan, a LANL archaeologis and UNM graduate student.


Cara Romero - Visual Storyteller

Friends of Indian Art Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Cara Romero is a born visual storyteller. Her photography, a melange of fine art and documentary style, is an examination of her culture with a distinctly modern indigenous world view. Her work is often whimsical and can be a complex interplay on social commentary. Cara was raised on the Chemehuevi Valley Indian Reservation and is married to Cochiti potter Diego Romero. Her work has been collected by The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian-NYC, MIAC, and The American Museum of Britain. Please join us for a delightful evening with this exciting young photographer and prepare to be surprised!

Note: you must be an FIA member to attend events. Please visit the following link to join the group and enjoy a full calendar of events!



“Tres Generaciones: The Atkison-Hale Collection”

Friends of Indian Art Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

In 1936 Leonard Atkison purchased the Nava-Hopi Indian Store in Boulder City, Nevada, where he sold both Navajo and Curio jewelry. His daughter, Cynthia Hale, would go on to work in museums, and his grandson, Scott Hale, in academia, both in Native arts. Together in 1999, they created Native American Art Appraisals, Inc., Cynthia and Scott will share family stories and professional observations from over 80 years in the Native arts market.

Note: you must be an FIA member to attend events. Please visit the following link to join the group and enjoy a full calendar of events!


Annual MIAC Collectors’ Sale

Treasures from Fellow Collectors

In 2018, the Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23. This is a unique sale of Native American jewelry and art from private collections that benefits annual educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). Whether you are a new or seasoned collector, you are sure to find something perfect at the Collectors’ Sale!

The Collectors’ Sale is held at the Laboratory of Anthropology (right next to MIAC) on Museum Hill.  The sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free. Early Bird shopping will take place on Saturday from 9-10 am with a $25 admission at the entrance.

For more information about the Collectors’ Sale and consigning items, please visit here.


Museum Hill Community Day!

Join us for our fourth annual Museum Hill Community Day! An event that attracts 2,000 people to Museum Hill, all museums on the hill offer free admission and a slew of activities for the entire family. Stay posted for more news.