Jeff Kahm: Contemporary Painter

June 21, 2018

Rooted in indigenous abstraction and modernist aesthetics, Plains Cree artist Jeff Kahm represents a national and internationally recognized presence in the contemporary native art universe. Kahm is associate professor of studio art at the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has been featured at U.S. Embassies in Colombia, Africa, Canada and the U.A.E.; exhibitions in Japan and Switzerland; and locally at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from an emerging leader in the newest generation of native painters.

Crosscurrents: Native American and American Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries

March 30, 2017

Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky and artist Jeff Kahm will engage in a lively dialogue pertaining to cultural exchanges between modern and contemporary American and Native American artists from the early twentieth century to the present.  Dr. Stavitsky will be providing a sneak preview of an upcoming exhibition exploring the complex relationships between historic, modern and contemporary American and Native American art and culture.

Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art of Santa Fe Welcomes New Artist Jeff Kahm

March 2016

Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art presents monthly solo and group exhibitions from our spacious new location at 558 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. We specialize in contemporary abstraction representing a focused group of artists working from a variety of perspectives including: Native American, Australian Aboriginal, and American Southwestern.

William Havu Gallery of Denver Colorado Welcomes New Artist Jeff Kahm

November 2015

Established in Aspen in 1973, the William Havu Gallery, in its current location since 1998 is engaged in an ongoing dialogue through its 7 exhibitions a year with regionalism as it affects and is affected by both national and international trends in realism and abstraction. With a strong emphasis on mid-career, established artists, the gallery also shows emerging regional artists of exceptional maturity & quality in an AIA award winning, post-modern building.

Art in Embassies Artist Reception

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dr. Jill Biden and the U.S. Department of State – Art in Embassies will host a reception at the Vice President’s Residence in Washington D.C. honoring Tony Abeyta, Jeff Kahm, Courtney Leonard, Dan Namingha and Crystal Worl and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Jeff Kahm : Works on Paper

August 20 - September 21, 2015

Beginning in mid-August in time for Indian Market and running through September, the store will feature the stunning work of Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree). His works on paper will be shown in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery. In his artist statement, Jeff defines his work as “…a fusion of indigenous motifs (stripes and geometric shapes) combined with the Modernist aesthetic.” Because Jeff is both an alumnus of IAIA and currently a core faculty member at IAIA, we are especially honored and excited to be able to display and sell his art work. Jeff is the perfect contemporary Native artist to be exclusively featured this summer in the store’s Lloyd Kiva New Gallery.




Jeff Kahm Original Limited Edition Prints


Original limited edition prints are available through Santa Fe Editions.


Inkjet printing has been around for many years, but only recently has the technology advanced to such a level as to be able to produce prints of a quality that equals or even surpasses what can be done in traditional printmaking; displayed under museum conditions, digital pigment ink prints will not show noticeable fading for an estimated 100 to 300 years – surpassing many other forms of art. This fact in combination with the artists' ability to expand their ideas using computer imaging has created exciting new possibilities.


All watercolor papers used are heavy weight and acid free 100% rag.

100% pigment ink is used whenever possible with pigmented ink used in some editions for extended gamut.

Art in Embassies

Summer – Fall 2015

The Art in Embassies (AIE) Program was established within the United States Department of State in 1964 by President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie. President Kennedy had the goal of promoting national pride and a sense of cultural identity by displaying America’s art and its artists throughout the world. According to the program's first director, Nancy Kefauver, the group's original goal was to cover "those bare white walls in embassies abroad." Today the program places more than 5,000 works of art, including original paintings, sculptures and prints, in the public rooms of the ambassadors’ homes of nearly 170 U.S. Embassies worldwide.


The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has been invited to participate in this prestigious program and has identified five IAIA alumni to represent IAIA and contemporary Native American art:


Dan Namingha (Hopi/Tewa), Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree),

Crystal Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan), and Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock Nation)


  • Printing at IAIA scheduled: June 15- July 3, 2015

  • Framing to be done immediately afterward at IAIA and the AIE’s copies of the prints will then be sent to AIE

  • Fall 2015 distribution of prints to U.S. Embassies around the world

  • Fall 2015 reception for artists in Washington, D.C.

  • Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 works on exhibit at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art.

Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale : Desert Mythos Exhibition

January 5-21, 2015

Guest artist, Jeff Kahm has four paintings on paper from the "Vernacular Series" in Desert Mythos exhibition.

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