Events & Exhibitions

Events & Exhibitions



SOLD OUT Breakfast with the Curators

Cathy Notarnicola on Navajo Weavings from MIACís Collections

8:30 am through 10:30 am


MIAC’s Collections Registrar - and historic Navajo weaving guru - dines with participants at the Museum Hill Cafe and then will show some of the important Navajo weavings from the Museum’s collections held in storage.

Fee is $35; members are $30. Please call 505-476-2169 to register.

Space is limited - especially for this event - and will sell out quickly.


Native American Games Day

In Conjunction with Museum Hill Day

11:00 am through 3:00 pm

A variety of traditional Native American hand games, atlatl throwing, and turquoise-themed art activities and yummy treats await those journeying to Museum Hill for the August 9 Summer of Color celebration. Event is FREE for all.


Breakfast with the Curators

Dody Fugate on Canine-Related Artifacts from MIACís Collections

8:30 am through 10:30 am

MIAC’s Curator of Archaeological Research Collections dines with registrants at the Museum Hill Cafe and then presents "Hair of the Dog," a presentation of canine-related items connected to MIAC’s collections.

Fee is $35; members are $30. Please call 505-476-2169 to register.

Space is limited - especially for this event - and will sell out quickly.


Turquoise Buying Seminar

with Garrick Beck of Natural Stones

1:00 pm through 3:00 pm

Learn before you buy! In this useful seminar, Beck provides slide illustrations of various types of turquoise, as well as tips gained from years of experience that will enhance your buying power. Free with Museum Admission; seminar held at MIAC’s O’Keeffe Theater.


Navajo Jeweler Michael Roanhorse

Artist’s Talk

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Originally from Crystal, NM, on the Navajo Reservation, Roanhorse resides in Santa Fe. The artist draws from his culture, creating new visions of contemporary design. He learned metalsmithing from his father, and has continued to further his knowledge of techniques and designs. He is a painter and a sculptor as well as a jeweler, and his jewelry is often reffered to as three-dimensional sculpture.

Michael has won awards from Indian Market, the Heard Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, and NMAI.

Program held at MIAC’s O’Keeffe Theater.


Panel & Book Signing with Native American Leaders

Drs. Momaday, Harjo, Denetdale, and JDs Gover and Maybee

1:00 pm through 3:00 pm

Join MIAC for one of the most important events of the year -- a panel discussion and book signing with five leaders shaping the future of Native America.

The basis of the program is "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations," an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and its accompanying book.

Panelists include the esteemed: Dr. N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee), Dr. Jennifer Nez Dinetdale (Diné), and Kevin Gover (Pawnee) with Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca) moderating. Both are attorneys in major cultural leadership roles (as director of NMAI and SWAIA, respectively).

Free with Museum admission. Held at MIAC’s O’Keeffe Theater.



NEARLY SOLD OUT- Breakfast with the Curators

Dr. Letitia Chambers on MIACís Courage & Compassion Exhibit

8:30 am through 10:30 am

Dr. Letitia Chambers, former director of the Heard Museum, is the curator of Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Chambers, view a short presentation on female Native sculptors, and a tour of the exhibition with a complimentary copy of our catalog for the show!

Fee is $35; members are $30. Please call 505-476-2169 to register.

Space is limited - especially for this event - and will sell out quickly.


Navajo Weaving Workshop

with Linda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas

10:00 am through 5:00 pm

The Navajo Weaving class at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has extremely limited space, and it will fill quickly.  

The details: 

  • Tuesday – Friday, August 25 – 28; 10am - 5pm.

  • Cost is $475 – includes pre-warped loom for use in class (looms available to purchase separately after class)

  • Additional $75 materials fee payable first day of class to instructors

  • Payable by check, cash, or major credit card (over the telephone)

Please call Angela at 505-476-1247 or Andy at 505-476-1271 to register. Please note that spaces cannot be held without payment, so credit card is your best option.

Should you call and receive voicemail, please leave your full contact information, or you may try 505-476-1269, our main line – select individuals can register you there, too.

Class takes place in MIAC’s Museum classroom.


Breakfast with the Curators

Library Director Allison Colborne with

8:30 am through 10:30 am

MIAC/LOA Library Director Allison Colborne concludes the summer Breakfast with the Curators series with "Treasures from the Stack," an opportunity to view rare and unique books and other ephemera from the Laboratory of Anthropology’s Library. And yes, she will pull a folio of Edward Curtis photographs!

Fee is $35; members are $30. Please call 505-476-2169 to register.

Space is limited - especially for this event - and will sell out quickly.


Navajo Weavers Talk with Q&A

with Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

1:00 pm through 2:30 pm

Join us for a talk about these sisters’ family weaving legacy and their deep commitment to keeping the art alive!

This event is free with museum admission.


Introduction to Stone Carving Workshop

with Master Sculptor Rollie Grandbois

10:00 am through 3:00 pm

Thursday - Saturday September 10 - 12 10am - 3pm

$125 fee includes limestone and instruction; students must bring gloves, safety glasses, earplugs, respirator, and photos/sketches/model for inspiration. Grandbois will have tools for sale and student use. To register and for more information, call Angela at (505) 476-1247. Limited space available. Students should bring bag lunch or plan to order from Museum Café.

A sculptor for more than 30 years, Grandbois’s work was featured in MIAC’s recent Allan Houser exhibit. He is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa of North Dakota.

Workshop will take place at the Museum.


Navajo Jeweler Cody Sanderson

Artist’s Talk

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Cody Sanderson discusses his unique jewelry designs as a complement to our popular exhibition, Turquoise, Water, Sky.

Free with museum admission. Held at MIAC’s O’Keeffe Theater.


Letís Take a Look

Curators Look at Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC waiting to look at your treasures. These curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them.

The event is always FREE and open to the public. Federal and State regulations prohibit the curators from appraising any artifact.


What’s Hiding in the Basement???

Behind the Scenes Tour at MIAC


FIA members are in for a rare treat with this event, which will take attendees behind the scenes to view a treasure trove of Native American art, culture, and history hiding in MIAC basement. Participants will meet with museum curators for coffee and croissants and then break into intimate groups to "go where few have gone before." Some great surprises await attendees in museum storage!


Second Annual Festival of the Drum

Celebrating Native Music in the Milner Plaza


Rose B. Simpson Ė Thinking and Creating Outside the Box!

Friends of Indian Art

Friends of Indian Art (FIA) invites their members to a program presenting Rose B. Simpson, a native of Santa Clara Pueblo, who was raised among an extended family of artists. Her mother, Roxanne Swentzell, is a well-known Indigenous ceramic sculptor, and her father, Patrick Simpson, was a contemporary artist working in wood and metal. Rose’s artistic expression has taken forms including sculpting, printmaking, drama and creative writing, as well as music and dance. Being of both Indigenous and Anglo descent, her work often signifies the continual struggle between the two worlds many modern Indigenous people experience. Rose is currently studying Automotive Science at Northern New Mexico College and sees this path as her personal passion and new direction. Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.

Current Exhibitions

Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley


February 15, 2015 through January 16, 2016
Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture February 15, 2015 and runs through January 16 2016. On view will be 32 works of art spanning his career, including paintings, mixed media works, and bronze sculptures.

Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women


November 2, 2014 through October 19, 2015
First exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries   Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Nov. 2, 2014 and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists.  Most of the ten works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden. There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion, while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning


April 13, 2014 through May 2, 2016
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrate the stone’s use and its deep significance to the people of the region.  

Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest


September 29, 2013 through September 8, 2015
A celebration of sight, sound, and activity for visitors of all ages, Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest, opens Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Over 100 objects relating to Southwestern Native dance and music will be featured, including a flute made by Grammy award-winning artist Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Collectively used for indigenous ritual performance, the drums, flutes, rasps, rattles, and clothing featured in the exhibition convey a richly layered message. Music, too, is integral to the ceremony—it is more than accompaniment for the dancers; each song is a prayer providing a pathway to the here and now and to the worlds beyond. The opening on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities for the entire family, and refreshments provided by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.

The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery


on long-term display
The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making.

Here, Now and Always


on long-term display
Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest's indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum's collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.