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 Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director
 505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu 
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Trustee
Brenda Kingery Honored
Named 2017 Dynamic Woman of the Year
by Chickasaw Nation

SANTA FE: October 25, 2017 -- IAIA Trustee and noted artist Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw) was recently named the 2017 Dynamic Woman of the Year by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. Known for her contemporary artwork, Kingery's paintings tell stories about her life, travels, and Chickasaw heritage.

"This award honors a woman who has championed the rights and issues important to all women and who, through her lifestyle, exemplifies the character, strength, and values of the Chickasaw Nation and its people," said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. "It is my honor to recognize Brenda Kingery."

Kingery received her master's degree in fine arts and art history from the University of Oklahoma, post-graduate studies in fine arts from Ryukyuus Daigaku University in Okinawa, Japan, graduate studies in Chinese language at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and is writing a master thesis on the folk art of Ryukyuus.

She returned to Oklahoma to teach painting and drawing, later teaching art history for the San Antonio College. In 2007, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).  She was reappointed to another six-year term in 2012 and currently serves as vice-chair of the board.

Kingery is a founding member of Threads of Blessings and travels to Honduras, Mexico, and Africa to teach textile and design workshops to help encourage women to use their Indigenous art skills.

As an artist, she sees life as textural patterns that can be described as narrative symbolism. Sometimes her paintings have as many as 25 layers of paint. Her goal is to create paintings full of life's breath, just as with her Chickasaw grandmother's stories.

During the presentation ceremony, Kingery remarked: "I want to thank all of you, and as I look around this room I'm so grateful to be a Chickasaw and so grateful for all of the faces I know. It's a tremendous blessing."

IAIA Board of Trustees Chair Loren Kieve (Cherokee) said that "IAIA and the nation are honored to have such a distinguished artist and creative public servant."

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) commented: "As one of our Trustees, Brenda has been a passionate advocate and supporter of IAIA's mission, programs, and especially our students." 
Brenda Kingery 
To arrange an interview with Brenda, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu.

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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies -- a minor in Performing Arts -- and a graduate degree in Creative Writing -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 657 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.
About IAIA -- For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through the IAIA Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at www.iaia.edu.