Visual Art


Work by Terran Last Gun

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Jacquelyn Yepa

Yá’át’ééh shí éí Jacquelyn Yepa yinishyé. Hello my name is Jacquelyn Yepa, I am a twenty-year-old Indigenous woman from the Navajo(Diné) and Jemez(Walatowa) tribes. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I am currently attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Making art isn't only an outlet for me but is a life-style because art is everywhere surrounding us wherever we go, therefore I am constantly inspired.

Erik Sanchez

Erik Sanchez (Shoalwater Bay / Chinook / Apache) is a Santa Fe based filmmaker creating Indigenous narratives using comedy and magical realism to comment on contemporary society and the landscape around himself. Sanchez uses satire to correct Native American archetypes while creating visual sovereignty to tell original stories. Themes include mysticism, social justice, poverty and climate change.

Nika Feldman

Nika Feldman is an Indigenous Liberal Studies major at IAIA, graduating with the class of 2021. As a mature student, Feldman already holds a BFA with an Interdisciplinary major in Studio Arts and a minor in Art History. Additionally, she has completed the equivalent of an MFA degree with a major in Textiles from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan, under the prestigious Monbukagakusho scholarship program. Originally, she began her pursuit of higher education in 1990, majoring in Fashion Design at Pratt Institute in New York City. For over twenty years Feldman has worked as an independent contemporary textile artist focusing her attention on the relationship between clothing, culture and identity.

Delaney Keshena

Delaney Keshena is an enrolled citizen of the Menominee Nation based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They’re pursuing a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, focusing their studies in poetry and ceramics.

Celina Hokeah

Celina Hokeah is from Ohkay Owingeh, NM. She describes herself as a mother of words and a lover of the land. She has poetry publications in Red Inc. Magazine, numerous publications in Trickster Literary Journal. She was a finalist for the Joy Harjo Poetry Award in Cutthroat Magazine. Celina is the program manager for the Women’s leadership and Economic Freedom Program with Tewa Women United.

Guidance from the Wolf

by Joseph Maldonado

Paige Busick

Paige Busick is a Chickasaw artist from Oklahoma. She primarily makes oil paintings with vibrant, saturated palettes. Her artwork often features portraiture and figurative elements; she is inspired by personal experiences and struggles with mental health. She is currently a sophomore at IAIA.

Mollyanna Sabori

Mollyanna Sabori is from Fort Hall, ID an enrolled member at the Shoshone Bannock Tribes. She is an online gamer and streamer which influences in her artistic subject matter and allows her the opportunity to provide freelance and commissioned artwork to the online gaming community. She is currently majoring in Studio Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with an emphasis of digital arts, acrylic painting, and 3D modeling. Her artwork is based on her imagination of fantasy and cultural beliefs. She is in the current works of a character illustrations of animals and fantasy revolving around her fictional characters, hoping to one day remove the stereotype of what is ‘native art.’

Chachee Valentine

Chachee Valentine’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Stolen Island Review, Lullwater Review, Fugue, P’an Ku, In-Site Magazine, Words & Images, Alchemy, Prairie Margins, Askew, Bitchin’ Kitsch, Eunoia Review, The Parliament Literary Journal and 11 Mag Berlin. Chachee was one of seventeen finalists for the Rita Dove Poetry award in Salem, NC, placed second at Emory University’s Lullwater Review Prize for Poetry, was the recipient of the Rosemary Cox Poetry Award at Georgia State University and her short story, Prick, was a quarterfinalist for Screencraft 2021. Chachee lives in Santa Fe, NM and is majoring at IAIA in Creative Writing.

Nelson Alburquenque

Nelson Alburquenque is a multi-media artist and songwriter, working towards earning a bachelor fine arts degree in creative writing. By attending the Institute of American Indian Arts, Alburquenque hopes to bring his illustrative and musical story series, Legends of the nyi, to life.

Terran Last Gun

Terran Last Gun (b. 1989) is a Piikani (Blackfeet) citizen and visual artist, who works mainly with serigraphy to produce fine original prints. Other mediums he has used include painting and photography. The interplay between color and form have been a focus of Last Gun’s artistic practice. He often draws from Piikani geometric aesthetics and collective narratives that deepen and extend his color and exploration of shape. Born in Browning, Montana, Last Gun received his A.S. degree from the Blackfeet Community College in 2011, and his BFA in Museum Studies and AFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2016. He is a recipient of awards from the First Peoples Fund, 2020 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship; Santa Fe Art Institute, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship; and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 2016 Goodman Aspiring Artist Fellowship. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.