The School for Advanced Research (SAR), established in 1907, is a residential center located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and focused on the cultivation of innovative research in anthropology and related social sciences as well as the work of Native American artists.
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) is a division of SAR. The IARC strives to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native American studies, art history, and creative expression. This is accomplished by promoting study and exploration of the IARC collection; providing Native American arts fellowship opportunities for artists to engage in uninterrupted creativity; fostering dialogue among artists, researchers, scholars, and community members through seminars and symposia; and nurturing future arts and museums professionals through experiential training. The IARC collection is considered to be one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native American art in the world. Representing a broad range of works, the collection encompasses more than 12,000 items housed in two vaults on the SAR campus. Stewardship of the collection, undertaken in close collaboration with the region’s Native communities, is a primary focus of IARC activities.
The Director of the IARC develops policies and procedures for the artistic, fund-raising, and administrative programs of the Center. This includes supervision of the IARC’s staff and provision of administrative oversight and scholarly expertise. This position reports to the president of SAR, and is full time, FLSA exempt.