Dr. Lara Evans, of the Cherokee Nation, has been appointed as the first Associate Dean of Academics of the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her appointment is effective August 7, 2017.
Evans is an artist, scholar, curator, and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She earned her Ph.D. in art history specializing in Native American art history in contemporary art at the University of New Mexico in 2005. In 2012, Dr. Evans joined the Museum Studies Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts after spending eight years as faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Since 2015, Dr. Evans has served as the program director for the Institute of American Indian Arts Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings Native American youth artists aged 12 to 14 to the Institute of American Indian Arts campus for month-long residency sessions every year.
Dr. Evans’ curatorial projects at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native Art have included “Now is the Time: Investigating Native Histories and Visions of the Future” (2017) and “War Department: Selections from MoCNA’s Permanent Collection” (2015-2016).
Dr. Evans’ appointment as Associate Dean of Academics is part of a reorganization, which was first brought forward by the Institute of American Indian Arts Faculty Council Chair to address issues of growing enrollment. The addition of an associate dean who comes from the current faculty addresses succession planning for the dean’s position and provides opportunity for faculty leadership development, explains a press release from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
About the Institute of American Indian Arts
Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies, and a graduate degree in Creative Writing, the Institute of American India Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.