College Art Assn. 2018

I am behind in my updates, but I had the pleasure of presenting my research on community-based murals at the 2018 College Art Association meeting in Los Angeles. I look forward to the 2019 meeting!


Time: 02/22/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 405

Chair: Shalon Parker, Gonzaga University

““Our Culture is Not for Sale”: Community Murals Catalyzing Gentrification Resistance in San Francisco’s Mission District”
Anya Montiel, Yale University

“Peace on the Walls: Reinventing Political Street Murals in Belfast”
Deborah Saleeby-Mulligan, Manhattanville College

“Incomplete Image: A Citywide Mural for Philadelphia”
Laura Holzman, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

“SPARC: Igniting the Los Angeles Community Mural Movement”
Carlos Rogel, University of California, Los Angeles


Art in America

The October 2017 issue of Art in America is dedicated to contemporary Indigenous art. I was honored to contribute an article, After Columbus, which analyzes the Native art exhibitions mounted by Indigenous curators and artists in response to planned celebrations around the 1992 Columbian Quincentennial. These exhibitions are important to our understanding of contemporary American art and remain pertinent today.


Yale Alumni Magazine

In November 2016, the estate of the late artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016) gifted Yale’s Beinecke Library with Bosch, a hand-bound book containing thirteen drypoints by Bartow which were bound with Mexican amate paper. The book, completed two weeks before his passing, contains self-portraits and images of birds.

Bartow scratched the drypoint plates in spring of 2015. His friend and master printer, Seeichi Hiroshima, then printed them on Barcham Green paper. Bartow signed the prints in February 2016 and added watercolor and gouache in March. Bartow passed away on April 2, 2016.

Bosch is now in the collection of the Beinecke Library where it joins two more artists books by Bartow, 10 Little Indian Boys (2009) and 8 Prints + 4 Variations (2009).

I wrote about one of the drypoint prints, “Ride to Town,” for the Object Lesson feature of the July/August 2017 issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine.

The article can be found online: Ride to Town


American Indian magazine–Summer 2017

The summer 2017 issue of American Indian magazine features three articles I wrote. One is about the multidisciplinary arts cooperative, Postcommodity, and their projects about the U.S.-Mexico border, especially the land installation Repellent Fence. I also wanted to write about indigenous nations living along the U.S-Mexico border and their reactions to the proposed border wall. My second article is about the Tohono O’odham Nation and the tribe’s response to such a permanent border. The third article was a memorial piece about Pablita Abeyta (1953-2017), a Navajo sculptor and former staff person at the National Museum of the American Indian. I met Pablita in 2001, and we remained friends. I was honored to have been asked to write her memorial article.

The online issue of the magazine can be found:

Choctaw Community News

In January 2018, I visited the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to spend time at the Chahta Immi Cultural Center. I brought copies of photographs I found in the National Archives that detailed arts and crafts workshops sponsored by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in the 1960s and 1970s. I hoped to speak with the participants of these workshops and learn more about the aftereffects of these programs. Unfortunately, most of the participants had passed away. Nevertheless, it was wonderful for community members to see photographs of relatives that had been stored in the National Archives for decades. I left copies of these photographs with Amanda Bell, tribal archivist, along with a list of the Mississippi Choctaw items in the Indian Arts and Crafts Board Headquarters collection (now housed at the National Museum of the American Indian).

My visit was covered in the Choctaw Community News (vol. XLVII, No. 2, February 2017).

Choctaw Community News Feb 2017

UC Berkeley Talk!

On February 22,  I had the opportunity to present a research paper at UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies department. Sponsored by Cal’s American Indian Graduate Student Association, the Crossing Paths program pairs a graduate student with an undergraduate student to present research papers in indigenous studies to fellow students at Berkeley. I discussed the research I conducted in Australia on the history of metal gorgets given to Australian Aboriginals, their connection to earlier gorgets in North America, and how contemporary indigenous Australian artists are reclaiming and recreating gorgets to indigenize the colonial past. More of this research will be presented later this year, and it was wonderful to receive feedback–especially since an indigenous Australian student attended the talk!



CCCD Project Grant!

Such wonderful news! I have received a project grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD). Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the CCCD “advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States.”

The CCCD grant will allow me to conduct research and interviews for the third chapter of my dissertation. That chapter examines the pottery, basketry, and woodworking workshops held among the North Carolina Cherokee and Mississippi Choctaw during the 1960s and 1970s. After gathering archival documents about these workshops, it will be fruitful to spend time at the tribal archives and speak with community members about these workshops.



posted by CAA — Feb 15, 2017

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Anya Montiel, a PhD student in American studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, has accepted a $4,500 project grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design through the 2016–17 Craft Research Fund. The funds will support dissertation research on government-funded basketry, pottery, and woodworking craft workshops in the 1960s and 1970s among the Florida Seminole, Mississippi Choctaw, and North Carolina Cherokee.