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A center for innovative social science research and Native American art since 1907



Honoring Creativity in Native American Arts


Bringing together exceptional scholars and artists to create a better future


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Join us in leading the way to shape fresh thinking

Join SAR today to explore a world of ideas about past and present peoples across the globe, including cultures in the Southwest.

“This is a place where ideas can flourish” — Eric S. Dobkin, SAR Honorary Director

Join SAR today to explore a world of ideas about past and present peoples across the globe, including cultures in the Southwest.

“This is a place where ideas can flourish” — Eric S. Dobkin, SAR Honorary Director

2018 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow
Nanibaa Beck

Exploring Diné history through her jewelry while working with fellow female metalsmiths from the surrounding area.

2018 Indigenous Writer in Residence
Thomas Parrie

Crafting semi-autobiographical short stories about a family’s adventures, victories, and defeats through a humorous narrative that is a testament to cultural survival.

Upcoming Events

SAR Summer Salon - Enchantment & Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range with author William deBuys @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
Droughts, changing habitats, and increased urban sprawl over the last several decades have impacted the landscape and people of the Southwest. Continuing this year’s programmatic focus on climate change issues, the School for Advanced Research[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. Containing more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
President’s Circle Event: Collections of Distinction Tour @ Presented at the home of William A. Miller, Santa Fe, NM
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
President's Circle Event: Collections of Distinction Tour @ Presented at the home of William A. Miller, Santa Fe, NM
5:00 pm
Bill Miller. Photo by Mayo Miller King Admission: $75 per person, includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres ($50 is tax deductible) William “Bill” Miller is not your typical collector’s collector. Miller built his collection over the years not[...]
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thomas Parrie: Indigenous Writer in Residence lecture and reception @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
5:00 pm
Thomas Parrie, 2018 This year’s Indigenous Writer in Residence, Thomas Parrie (Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb in west Louisiana), presents on his current collection of short stories. The project, Aztec Sandwiches, is a semi-autobiographical tale of[...]


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Author Christine Mather speaks on Pueblo Revival Architecture

Continuing Santa Fe’s Colorful Legacy lecture series, local author and architectural historian Christine Mather will present on Pueblo Revival architecture on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at the St. Francis Auditorium, 107 West Palace Avenue at the New...

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Scholar Programs at SAR encourage lively debate

Scholar Programs

Through its resident scholar, seminars, and indigenous writer in residence programs, Scholar Programs supports advanced scholarship and creativity in the social sciences, the humanities, and Native American creative writing. The nine-month resident scholar fellowships provide scholars with the time, space, and support to write manuscripts or dissertations. Shorter and more intense, the three- to five-day short, research team, or advanced seminars gather groups of scholars who work together in close collaboration to share ideas, gain insight, and create projects that have cutting-edge implications to understanding the past and improving the future of humankind. The indigenous writer in residence program brings authors of Native poetry and prose to campus for a seven-week summer term to concentrate on the process of creative writing.

Viewing artifacts in SAR's Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, NM

Indian Arts Research Center

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) is a division of the School for Advanced Research (SAR). The goal of IARC is to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native studies, art history, and creative expression that illuminate the intersections of the social sciences, humanities, and arts. This is accomplished by providing fellowship opportunities for artists to engage in uninterrupted creativity; fostering dialogue among artists, researchers, scholars, and community members through seminars and symposia; nurturing future arts and museums professionals through experiential training; and promoting study and exploration of the IARC collection of Native arts.

A small selection of SAR Press book covers

SAR Press

The School for Advanced Research Press fulfills the School’s mission by producing and disseminating high quality content on important topics in anthropology, indigenous arts, and the American Southwest. Through physical print (p), electronic (e), and digital (on-line pdf) publications produced from scholarly and artistic programs hosted by the School and/or from specific acquisitions, SAR Press provides the institution with a strong and enduring public face.

SAR Press has a long and distinguished publishing history in anthropology. The first publications for the School were archaeological studies written by Edgar Lee Hewett and Sylvanus Griswold Morley in 1908. Since that auspicious beginning, more than 300 titles have been published.

Host your next event on the beautiful SAR campus!

The SAR campus is located on 15 acres in a residential neighborhood of Santa Fe. The historic 1920s adobe buildings, designed by William Penhallow Henderson (1877-1943), are surrounded by mature trees, terraced gardens, and gravel walkways. Different venues of varying capacity are available. Selections include the historic Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, the Boardroom Patio, the Reception Center Meeting Room, the Douglas Schwartz Seminar House Dining Room, Living Room, and Patio. Download a flyer of information here.