Anya Montiel, PhD

Photo of

Assistant Professor, Art

Art Bldg, Room 292

PhD, American Studies, Yale University
MA, American Studies, Yale University
MA, Museum Studies, John F. Kennedy University
BA, Native American Studies & Anthropology, University of California Davis

NOTE: On leave fall semester 2019

TEACHING: Dr. Montiel teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in North American Indigenous art and museum studies.

Spring 2020 Courses:

ARH 203: Global Arts and Crafts

ARH 436/536: Topics in American Indian Art

Spring 2019 Courses:

“Indigenous Feminisms” (graduate seminar) and “Global Arts and Crafts” (undergraduate, general education course)

Fall 2018:

“Introduction to Museum Studies” and “Native American Art and Southwest Tourism,” History of Art (mixed undergraduate and graduate courses)


RESEARCH: Dr. Montiel’s research investigates the intersections of Native American art, American history, and art and economics. Her dissertation, “Intertwined Intermediaries: Fundamental Issues in Twentieth-Century Native American Art,” examined the pervasive issues entangled in art created by Native Americans and Alaska Natives in the United States. Namely, the project analyzed the origins and effects of three fundamental issues—Native art employed as an economic development enterprise, the role of the U.S. government in Native arts production and sales, and the influence of museums and other arts institutions in the curation of Native art. Each chapter integrated case studies drawn from twentieth-century Native arts projects, federal programs, and art exhibitions which revealed how these issues often act in concert with one another.

Dr. Montiel’s current research involves the policies and programs of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), a U.S. federal agency created in 1935 to “promote the economic development of American Indians and Alaska Natives through the expansion of the Indian arts and crafts market.” Her work seeks to reveal what role has the IACB played in Native art and the effects of government intervention into art.


“Memory, Landscape, Knowledge: The Clay Practices of Indigenous Artists” (with Sequoia Miller). Essay for Form & Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art. Fall 2020.

“Embodying Indigenous Identity and Place: Centering Conversations on Native American Art in the United States.” Essay for American Craft exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In review.

“Crafting Indigenous Arts and Identities: Issues in Twentieth-century Native American Arts and Crafts and the Art of Don ‘Chief Lelooska’ Smith.” Essay for special issue of Arts (guest editors Dr. Sascha Scott and Dr. Amy Lonetree). In review.

“Expanding the 1960’s Appalachian Art Market: The Indian Arts and Crafts Board and Cherokee and Choctaw Arts of the Southeast.” Essay for the Wiley Blackwell Companion on Contemporary Craft (editor Namita Gupta Wiggers). In progress.

“Survivance and the Dakota Worldview on Prime-time Television: Oscar Howe on This Is Your Life.” Essay for Oscar Howe (Smithsonian Institution publication edited by Kathleen Ash-Milby, Christina Burke, and Bill Anthes). In review.

“Native American Expressive Arts” in the Oxford Handbook of American Indian History, edited by Frederick Hoxie, Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Art That Breathes: Lewis deSoto’s Paranirvana (Self-Portrait).” Essay. In Conversations: An Online Journal of the Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (2014).

“The Art of George Morrison and Allan Houser: The Development and Impact of Native Modernism.”American Indian Quarterly 29, no. 3 (2005).

MEMBERSHIPS: Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), American Studies Association, Organization of American Historians, College Art Association


Facebook Feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

ICYMI ...We. Are. Dead. 🤯
Thank you Gwen Stefani! We're so honored that you loved our performance. These students worked incredibly hard to create this show, and the feedback has been beyond rewarding. 🙏❤️
#grateful #thankyou #nodoubt
... See MoreSee Less

Load more