Published December 20, 2015
SANTA FE — IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane), a nationally-known artist, activist, and educator has a long relationship with IAIA, dating back to 1984 when she first attended as an undergraduate. Since being named to her current position at the college, she has not relinquished any of these roles.
Recently, Teters was named as one of the “5 Amazing Indigenous Women to Celebrate Instead of Christopher Columbus”-alongside such notable candidates as Anacaona (Taino), Sacagawea(Shoshone), Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee Nation), and Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabekwe Ojibwe), by Bust.com.
Dean Charlene Teeters
Teters graduated from IAIA in 1986 with an Associate of Fine Arts in painting. She then attended the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design), graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Artsin painting in 1988. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Illinoise at Urbana-Champaign, plus anhonorary doctorate in fine art from Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut.
Teters is a founding board member of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media (NCRSM), which was created to fight the powerful influence of major media who choose to promote messages of Native American oppression.
On October 10, 1997 she was honored as Person of the Week by Peter Jennings on the ABC World News Tonight program for her commitment to her work and her people.
Her paintings and art installations have been featured in over 21 major exhibitions, commissions, and collections. Additionally, Teters was the first Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York.
She was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, near the Spokane Indian Reservation.