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Nancy Marie Mithlo

Associate Professor, Art and Art History; Chair of American Indian Studies at The Autry Museum of the American West

Education: B.A. Appalachian University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) is an associate professor of art history and visual arts at Occidental College and Chair of American Indian studies at the Autry Museum of the American West. She earned her PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University writing on the role of Native American artists. Mithlo’s extensive relationship with the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico includes directing the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and editing the 2011 publication Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism. She was awarded fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the School for Advanced Research and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center. Mithlo’s curatorial work has resulted in eight exhibits at the Venice Biennale. A life-long educator, Mithlo has taught at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, Smith College, California Institute for the Arts and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.