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Who's Writing about Indigenous American Art

Heather Ahtone (Choctaw-Chickasaw) is an independent curator and doctoral candidate at Kansas University and a research associate for the University of Oklahoma’s Diversity in Geosciences Project. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

Margaret L. Archuleta (Pueblo-Apache descent) is based in New Mexico and is a Doctoral candidate in Art History/Native Art History at the University of New Mexico. She is a curator and created an exhibition of Contemporary Native Art at the White House entitled, "Honoring Native America."

Kathleen Ash-Milby
(Navajo) is the associate curator of contemporary art at NMAI George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. She has curated at the American Indian Cultural Center in New York, as well. Link.

Janet Catherine Berlo
(European-American) is the Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her broad range of studies include Precolumbian Mesoamerica. Link.

Ticio Escobar (Paraguayan) is the cultural secretary of Paraguay from 2008—2013, as well as an art critic, curator, lawyer, director of the Museo del Barro until 2008, and president of the Paraguayan chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. He is an ethnographer and indigenous rights activist, who has written extensively about the Ishir people and their art. Link.

Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation) teaches art history and studio art at Evergreen State College. She is a painter, photographer, and curator, based in Washington state. Link.

Candace Greene
(European-American) is the North American ethnologist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History's Department of Anthropology in Washington, DC. Link.

Suzan Shown Harjo
(Cheyenne-Holdulgee Muscogee) is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate. She is the president of the Morning Star Institute and a columnist for Indian Country Today. She is based in Washington, DC.

Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota) is a multimedia artist and the Associate Curator, Office of Museum Research at NMAI and is based in DC.

Lucy Lippard (European-American), curator and author of over 18 art books, based in New Mexico. An environmental and feminist activist, Lippard is a former art critic for The Village Voice and Art in America. Guggenheim Fellow.

Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk) is a sculptor and installation artist whose focus is the environment. He is the Professor Emeritus in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Link.

Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree/Siksika First Nation), curator, author, artist. Based in Toronto, Ontario. Curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Link.

Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) is the Assistant Professor of art history and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the director of the Poolaw Photography project. Link.

Polly Nordstrand (Hopi-Norwegian) is the Associate Curator of American Indian art at the Denver Art Museum.


Ruth B. Phillips (European-Canadian) is the Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture at the Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Link.

Sherry Farrell Racette (Timiskaming First Nation) is an associate professor of Native Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She focuses Métis and First Nations women's history.

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora) is an associate professor at Cornell University an Associate Professor at Cornell University, a visual historian, artist, curator, and scholar of Indigeneity on a global scale. Link.

W. Jackson Rushing III (European-American) Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma. He is based in Norman and focuses on the interstitial zone between (Native) American studies, anthropology, and art history. Link.

Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) is an author, essayist, and curator. He is the assistant curator at NMAI and is based in Washington DC. Link.

Rennard Strickland (Osage-Cherokee descent) is law professor and author. He is one of the leading experts on American Indian law in the United States and is the Senior Scholar in Residence in the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Alfred Young Man (Cree) is an artist and the Professor Emeritus at the University of Lethbridge and University of Regina. He is based in Alberta, Canada. Link.

This list will be expanded over time.