Katheleen Nez on fri 8 feb 02
Dr. Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), one of the founders of
the Institute of American Indian Arts, passed on into
the next world this morning. Dr. New was known as an
art educator and administrator in the Native American
community. He was an alumni of the Art Institute of
Chicago, being the first Native American to obtain a
degree in arts education in 1938. IAIA (as it became
to be known) has created a living legacy of artistic
expression, built on traditional cultures but
reflecting contemporary Native life, where
self-identity and individuality were encouraged, and
it was Lloyd who first brought this to fruition. The
list of alumni and instructors who taught them reads
like the who's who of contemporary Native American
art: Allan Houser, Fritz Scholder, T.C. Cannon, Bob
Haozous, Dan Naminga, to name a few.
As word has spread, alumni converge to relate a
reminiscence regarding his importance in our lives...
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