It seems like only yesterday that the campus at the Institute for American Indian Arts south of Santa Fe was freshly built. Now it’s got another new building and enrollment continues to burgeon.
Today, the institute celebrated a new two-story building with a ribbon-cutting and an art show, “Salutations: 1st IAIA Public Art Biennial,” featuring work of 35 of its alumni.
The new building, the 11th on the campus, is a 15,000-square-foot addition to the Science and Technology Building and will house administrative offices. It is named the “Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center” after the Cherokee artist and designer who was instrumental in developing the institute’s multicultural curriculum. He was named IAIA art director in 1961 and was its president from 1967-78.
IAIA’s current enrollment of 450, including high school students taking classes for college credit, is a 115 percent increase over the last seven years, according to a news release. It aims to grow to 700 by 2017.