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The Indian Arts Research Center

Bridging the divide between creativity and scholarship through initiatives with a particular focus on Native American art of the Southwest.

SAR has provided me with a unique experience, additional tools, and new friendships that have helped to expand and deepen my work as an artists and as a Native community advocate . . . The time I spent at SAR and IARC has provided me with insight that will inspire my work for the rest of my life.
– Warren Montoya, 2017 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow

SAR is an important resource. It holds aspects of cultural knowledge for contemporary artist looking to expand their creative vision and cultural understanding.
– Nora Naranjo-Morse, 2000 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow

The work that is happening at the IARC . . . is really driving the bus. It’s creating this decolonized or indigenized model. It has set national and international standards for how museums can work with Native communities.
– Deana Dartt, 2017-2018 Anne Ray Fellow

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 American 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 American arts.


Considered by many to be one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native American art in the world, the collections have grown to nearly 12,000 works that span from the sixth century to the present. As a research collection, it is a resource for artists, scholars, researchers, students, and others.

Native Artist Fellowships

SAR offers residential fellowships for Native American artists who are pushing personal artistic boundaries. With access to the IARC collections and SAR’s historic campus, fellows have an opportunity to bridge contemporary practices with traditional native artistry and are ushering native arts into the future.

Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellowship   June 15–Aug. 15
Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship   Sept. 1–Dec. 1
Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship   March 1–May 31

Guidelines for Collaboration

In 2016 SAR published a new resource known as the Guidelines for Collaboration. Drawing from decades of case studies and three years of focused work with Native and non-Native museum professionals, cultural leaders, and artists, the guidelines provide a series of methods for how museums and source communities can learn from each other.

School Programs and Online Resources

Bring SAR into your school with the IARC classroom resources that engage students and scholars of all ages in topics related to Native American cultural heritage.

Anne Ray Internships

SAR offers paid residential internships for recent college graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals. Interns work with the IARC education, collections management, and registration departments to gain experience with native communities and collections. Sept. 1–May 31.

Community Initiatives

Open to tribal community groups, elders, cultural leaders, students, and artists who wish to study the collections, the IARC offers tours and hands-on programming to suit a variety of community needs.

Contact the IARC

(505) 954-7205

IARC Location

School For Advanced Research, 660 Garcia St., Santa Fe, NM

Open Hours

M-F: 9am – 5pm