Awarded Honorary Doctorate Of Humanities
Hopi tribal member Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) was awarded
an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Institute of American
Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This prestigious degree was presented to Lomahaftewa during
the IAIA Commencement Ceremony for the Graduating Class of 2017
on Saturday, May 13.
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) stated, Linda
Lomahaftewa is being honored for her accomplishments as an artist
and her lasting contributions to the Institute of American Indian
Arts for the past 41 years. Lomahaftewas mark on the field
of American and Native American Art is one achieved by very few
women artists. This honorary doctorate recognizes her contributions
to the field of Native Art and her role in the education of generations
of artists who have passed through IAIA under her guidance.
Lomahaftewa attended the Institute of American Indian Arts when
it first opened in 1962 and earned her high school diploma in 1965.
Upon receiving a full scholarship to attend the San Francisco Art
Institute, she earned her BFA and MFA in painting in 1969 and 1971.
She began teaching as an Assistant Professor of Native American
Art at California State College, Sonoma, CA and later as Professor
of Painting, Drawing, and Native American Studies at the University
of California, Berkeley from 1971-1976. It was through an invitation
from her alma mater that she returned to IAIA in 1976 to teach painting,
drawing and two-dimensional arts as Assistant Professor of Studio
In addition to teaching and raising her family, Lomahaftewa
continued producing art. She has been featured in important publications
about Native art, including: Women of Sweetgrass, Cedar, and Sage:
Native American Women in Art, Shared Visions: Native American Painters
and Sculptors of the Twentieth Century, and Manifestations: New
Native Art Criticism.
Her art work is collected in private and public institutions
throughout the United States and abroad including: the Heard Museum;
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native
American Art; and the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Throughout her career, Lomahaftewa has been actively involved
in the national and local arts communities. She has served on boards
such as the Native American Arts Studies Association (NAASA), the
Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), City of Santa
Fe Arts Council, and the Hopi Education Endowment Fund.
Lomahaftewa was extremely honored to be recognized by IAIA.