Anya Montiel

Currently tenure-track at the University of Arizona, Assistant Professor, Art.  Montiel teaches courses in Museum Studies, Native American Art and Southwest Tourism, and Indigenous Feminisms.  Her 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.  Each chapter integrated case studies drawn from twentieth-century Native art projects, federal programs, and art exhibitions.  Her 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 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.  She has received a ford Foundation Dissertation Grant, was a Curatorial Resident at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (2015-16), and was a Summer Institute Participant and Graduate Researcher in the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies in Chicago.  Since 2018, she has been an editorial assistant at the Yale Indian Papers Project.

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