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Upcoming Events

Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Colloquium: Pablita Velarde Making a Living as a Native Artist @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
5:30 pm
REGISTER FOR THE TALK IN ADVANCE HERE How a professional Native artist creates a sustainable career is the driving question of Dr. Marilyn Norcini’s economic study of Santa Clara Pueblo artist, Pablita Velarde (1916-2006).  “When[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Jul 19 @ 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. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Collections of Distinction at the Historic Roque Lobato House @ Historic Roque Lobato House
6:00 pm
COLLECTIONS OF DISTINCTION at the Historic Roque Lobato House Home of Susan and Karl L. Horn Date: Tuesday, July 23, 6:00-8:00PM Admission: $75 per person, includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres $25 per person for President’s Circle members[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Wednesday Summer Tours The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is[...]


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Ian Kuali’i on Ephemeral Site-Specific Installations and Hand-Cut Paper Works

2019 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow, Ian Kuali’i takes the stage on August 8, 2019, in SAR’s Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom to share about his fellowship experience. Through  hand-cut paper works and ephemeral Land Art/Earth Works installations, Kuali’i bridges contemporary and traditional techniques and designs while addressing themes related to his own history and identity, as well as what he expresses as “intertwined system of bio-cultural landscape and modernization”

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A Part of the Flow: IARC Native Artist Fellow Mateo Romero

Mateo Romero is interested in motion—bodies and ideas moving through space, history, ceremony, art. Romero describes his work as juxtaposing “timeless, archaic elements of Pueblo culture” with “contemporary abstract expressionist palette knife and brush work.” In 2002 he came to SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) as the Ronald and Susan Dubin Native artist fellow.

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Scholar Programs at SAR encourage lively debate

Scholar Programs

Through its resident scholar and seminars programs, and its J.I. Staley Prize, Scholar Programs supports advanced scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. 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 J.I. Staley Prize recognizes a living author who exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing that goes beyond traditional frontiers and dominant schools of thought in anthropology.

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 flyer here

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