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Canada, b.1968

Jeff Kahm, Plains Cree, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1990 to study painting and photography and soon after was awarded a painting scholarship to attend the Kansas City Art Institute and earning a BFA in 1994. He continued graduate studies at the University of Alberta earning an MFA in painting in 1997.

In 2002, Jeff returned to New Mexico, a land that he has grown to love and where he now calls home. He became a permanent resident in 2003 and soon began teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts as a visiting faculty member. Today he is an associate professor at IAIA where he teaches studio art courses at the intermediate and advanced levels.

His recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2012) and at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2013) highlighted his most recent work – a striking series of small works on paper and panels and an impressive collection of large scale paintings on canvas – work he describes as ‘rooted in Indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics’. His work continues to reach a wider audience through various invitational and group shows nationally and internationally.


1997       MFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
1994       BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
1992       Associate of Fine Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico



Santa Fe Editions, Santa Fe, NM


Jeff Kahm: New Paintings, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Art in Embassies Project Exhibition, U.S. Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
Culture Shift: The Contemporary Native Art Biennial. Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
Transforming Landscapes: Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Dynamics/Confluence, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA


Progressing Traditions, Santa Fe Preparatory School Library, Santa Fe, NM
AIE Reception in honor of five Native artists & IAIA, U.S. Vice President’s Residence, Washington, D.C.
University of Alberta Museums Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton, Alberta
Lloyd Kiva New Gallery – MoCNA, Santa Fe NM
Tobinodai Historic Site Park Museum, Funabashi City, Japan
Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
Nordamerika Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland


Nordamerika Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
Winterowd Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1st IAIA Public Art Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, California
1-Spot Gallery, Phoenix, AZ


Shiprock Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Octopus Dreams (Returning from Russia): 516 Arts
Albuquerque, NM


Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe NM
MoCNA, Santa Fe NM.
Octopus Dreams (Russia Traveling Exhibition): 200 Works on Paper by Contemporary Native America Artists:
Ekatherinburg Museum of Fine Arts;
Novosibirsk State Museum for the Arts;
Tomsk Art Museum;
Irkutsk Art Museum;
Togliatti Art Museum;
Samara Art Museum.
IAIA, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe NM.


Faculty Exhibition: MoCNA, Santa Fe NM.
Dialog in the Arts 3: Collaborative Exhibition by Students and Their Teachers, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe NM.


Dialog in the Arts 2: Collaborative Exhibition by Students and Their Teachers, SFCC, Santa Fe NM.
Group Exhibition: Fire God Gallery, Santa Fe NM.


Faculty Exhibition: Primitive Edge Gallery, IAIA Santa Fe NM.


Faculty Exhibition: Primitive Edge Gallery, IAIA.
IAIA Benefit: Lafonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.


Faculty Exhibition: Primitive Edge Gallery, IAIA.


Media Arts Group Exhibition: Santa Fe Community College,
Santa Fe NM.


Media Arts Group Exhibition: SFCC.


Group Exhibition: Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, AB.


Two Voices Echo: MFA Thesis Exhibition, University of Alberta Fine Arts Gallery, Edmonton AB.
Original Voices – Twelve Artists with Aboriginal Heritage:
McMullen Gallery, Edmonton AB.
Senior Exhibition: U of A Fine Arts Gallery.


Connections and Dualities: Solo Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute
Fine Arts Gallery, Kansas City MO.
The Fourth Show: KCAI Fine Arts Gallery, Kansas City MO.


Junior and Senior Exhibition: KC Site Gallery, Kansas City MO.
Reactions From Floor To Ceiling: KCAI Juried Exhibition.


KCAI Annual Exhibition: KCAI Fine Arts Gallery.
Dance of Creation: Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM.
Ceremonies of Mother Earth: IAIA European Traveling Exhibition.