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The Institute of American Indian Arts sits on the homelands of the Pueblo nations.
Through the concept of art as a traditional path of creativity, IAIA excels at skill building, provoking thought and providing exceptional educational opportunities. IAIA is a place to embrace the past, enrich the present, and create the future, moving ahead to paths of new option. The Institute of American Indian Arts is a fine arts school in a fine arts town, which is proven continuously throughout IAIA priority of spirited vision.
The Studio Arts program offers the student a flexible and comprehensive course of study leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Through exploration of historical and contemporary art practices, students develop technical and conceptual skills essential for success as professional artists.
Studio work, critical thinking and hands-on instruction by IAIA’s dedicated faculty are combined to foster development of artistic direction. The Studio Arts faculty works one-on-one with students sharing knowledge and challenging you to your best works.
The Academic Building has several studios that including jewelry, digital fab lab, ceramics, printmaking, photography, painting, drawing, and fabrication-facility on top of their very own gallery, the revered Balzer Contemporary Edge.
The Allan Houser Haouzous Sculpture and Foundry Building (18,000 sq ft) has a wood shop, a stone shop, a metal shop for welding and blacksmithing.
The Digital Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) allows computer facilitated fabrication. The Fab Lab can be used to create two- and three-dimensional works. The lab includes a laser and water jet cutter, two 3D printers, and a CNC mill and lathe.
Working in conjunction with the Fab Lab and the Metal Shop, The Jewelry Studio is laid out with specific rooms for hammering, raising, buffing and polishing.
The Metal Shop and Foundry has brakes and shears to six feet and three separate rollers, tubing-benders, Beverly-shears, power-hammer, metal drill-press, and band-saw. The building houses a wax room and a mold room to produce ceramic shell molds for bronze casting. The metal shop has both inside and outside bays, with full systems for TIG, MIG and gas-welding