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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
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
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.
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.