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Anya Montiel, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Art

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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

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

COURSES:

Fall 2018: ARH 400/500 (Topics in Museum Studies) and ARH 480/580 (Topics in Art History: Native American Art and Southwest Tourism)

Spring 2019: ARH 203 (Survey of Art in Non-European/American Societies) and ARH 596V (Issues in Native American Art: Native American Art and Indigenous Feminisms)

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.

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Masked Identities: The Northwest Coast Indigenous Art of Don ‘Chief Lelooska’ Smith.” Essay for the Wiley Blackwell Companion on Contemporary Craft (edited by Namita Gupta Wiggers). In progress.
  • “Oscar Howe's This is Your Life.” Essay for Oscar Howe (Smithsonian Institution publication edited by Bill Anthes, Kathleen Ash-Milby, and Christina Burke). In progress.
  • “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).

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • Project Grant, Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
  • Dean’s Emerging Scholars Research Award, Yale University
  • Graduate Researcher/Summer Institute Participant, Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, Chicago, IL

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

For publication links and a detailed biography, see Anya Montiel

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