Public Forum: Indigenous Arts in Global Contexts


Indigenous Arts in Global Contexts 

516 ARTS invites the public to attend and participate in a forum that brings together curators and artists from the concurrent exhibitions Air, Land, Seed and Octopus Dreams, both focusing on contemporary Native American art. The discussion examines current curatorial themes and practices. Topics include printmaking as a political intervention, the diasporic experience, Native sovereignty and how Indigenous art has been received and interpreted by international audiences. This event will be introduced by special guest Patsy Phillips, Director of the Musuem of Contemporary Native Arts.



Curator Nancy Marie Mithlo is an Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her 2009 book, “Our Indian Princess”: Subverting the Stereotype, was published by the School of Advanced Research Press.

Artist and curator John Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land and culture. He is Graduate Chair and Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and earned his MFA in printmaking and photography at Texas Tech University.

Artist Emily Arthur is an Associate Professor at the University of North Florida. She received an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has served as a Fellow at the Barnes Foundation for Advanced Theoretical and Critical Research. She has served as an International Artist-in-Residence in France and Japan with artists from the Diné/Navajo Nation.

Artist Ryan O’Malley received his MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University and is an Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art, Texas A&M University, Corpus Chrisiti. His work has been in numerous national and international publications, portfolios, collections and exhibitions.

Artist Marwin Begaye holds an MFA in printmaking from the University of Oklahoma and is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Painting, School of Art and Art History, University of Oklahoma. A Diné painter and printmaker, his work often comments on the problems facing Native people and incorporates images from contemporary culture.

Curator Suzanne Fricke completed her Ph.D. in Native American art history, and has taught art history at UNM, the Institute of American Indian Arts and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Her scholarship and curatorial work focuses on contemporary Native arts, especially in the form of printmaking.

Curator Beverly Morris is owner of Chain Reaction Productions, and produces and directs programs for and about Native Peoples. She is also a consultant for Native American organizations in training methods and developing strategies for documenting oral and tribal histories.

Artist Deborah Jojola received her MFA from UNM, and has taught printmaking at universities around the region including the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work combines sculpture, installation, print and painting. She currently runs Stone Age Press, a lithography studio. Her images reflect her life in the Pueblos of Isleta and Jemez.

Artist Linda Lomahaftewa attended the Institute of American Indian Arts before earning a BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her paintings and prints combine abstract forms with historic symbols, often from her Hopi/Choctaw background. She teaches two-dimensional art at the Institute of American Indian Art.


Free and open to the public.

Image: Neal Ambrose-Smith, Space Cowboy, 2012, mixed media, 22.5 x 22 inches; (above) photo of Nancy Marie Mithlo by Julian McRoberts