Nancy Marie Mithlo is an Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She earned her Ph.D. in 1993 from Stanford University writing on Native American identity and arts commerce in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her 2009 book, “Our Indian Princess”: Subverting the Stereotype, was published by the School of Advanced Research Press.
Mithlo’s extensive relationship with the Institute of American Indian Arts includes serving as Acting Director of the museum in the 1990s following Rick Hill’s tenure, writing curriculum for IAIA’s first on-line “Native Eyes” course initiatives with Wade Chambers in 2000, and curating the Andy Warhol-funded exhibit “Thicker Than Water” with Ryan Rice in 2013.
Mithlo directs historic American Indian photography research in New Mexico and Oklahoma, including the Horace Poolaw Photography Collection scheduled for exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in 2014. Mithlo’s curatorial work has resulted in six exhibits at the Venice Biennale. In 2013 she will curate the exhibit “Land, Air, Seed” at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari featuring the work of John Hitchcock, Emily Arthur and others.
Trained in visual anthropology, Mithlo regularly teaches courses on American Indian film, fine arts, visual representations and museum theory. A previous board member for the Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, Mithlo was chosen as a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Film and Video Festival Selector, 2011. In 2011-2012 she served as the School for Advanced Research Anne Ray Fellow and as a scholar at the Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center. Mithlo is a member of the Fort Sill Chiricahua Warm Springs Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.
Venice Biennale 2011
2011 Senior Editor, Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism, Santa Fe: Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Distributed Art Publishers, 2011.
2012 Senior Editor, “American Indian Curatorial Practice” A dedicated special issue of Wicazo-Sa Review 27(1). University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
2011 “Blood Memory and the Arts: Indigenous Genealogies and Imagined Truths.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 35(4): 103-118, 2011.
2011 “The First Wave…This Time Around.” In Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism, ed. Nancy Marie Mithlo, Pp. 18-27. Santa Fe: Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 2011.
2011 “‘The Way Things Are,’ Curating Place as Feminist Practice in American Indian Women’s Art,” with Tressa Berman. In Entering the Picture, Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists, ed. Jill Fields, Pp. 267-282. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012.
2012 “No Word for Art in Our Language?–Old Questions, New Paradigms.” Wicazo-Sa Review 27(1), 2012.
2012 “‘Silly Little Things’: Framing Global Self-Appropriations in Native Arts.” In No Deal! Indigenous Arts and the Politics of Possession. ed. Tressa Berman. School for Advanced Research Press, 2012.