November 09, 2021

Contemporary Native American Artists

This resource provides links to essays, podcasts, and videos about contemporary Native American artists.
by Derek Curtis

This resource is meant to give PA Community members more information about the artists whose reproduced work is on display in the OWHL.


Wendy Red Star

Wendy Red Star

Wendy Red Star Instagram

Wendy Red Star: The Art of Decolonising Photography and Reclaiming Identity - Hundred Heroines

How Wendy Red Star Decolonizes the Museum with Humor and Play

Decolonizing Photography: A Conversation with Wendy Red Star

Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on The Earth

Kevin Red Star

Kevin Red Star

Kevin Red Star: Crow Indian Artist

Kevin Red Star: From the Spirit Part 1

Kevin Red Star: From the Spirit Part 2

Kevin Red Star: From the Spirit Part 3

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Exploring the Landscapes of Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

“It’s Like We Don’t Exist: Jaune Quick-To-See Smith on Native American Artists

I See Red: Target at National Gallery of Art

Interview with Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Race, Rage, and the Problematic Name of a Local NFL Team

Kay WalkingStick and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith in Conversation

Helen Hardin

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings

Helen Hardin Biography

The It Girl

Helen Hardin: A Straight Line Curved


Julie Buffalohead

Julie Buffalohead

Julie Buffalohead Instagram

Storytelling: Julie Buffalohead

Unsettling Stories

Theatre of Animals

Frank Buffalo Hyde

Frank Buffalo Hyde

Frank Buffalo Hyde Battles Stereotypes with a More Inclusive Vision of Painting

Interview with Frank Buffalo Hyde

Make American Indigenous Again

Podcast Interview with Frank Buffalo Hyde

Native American Artist Who Painted Pop and Challenged the Status Quo

Rick Bartow

Rick Bartow

Native American Vietnam Veteran Who Confronted Loss Through Art

Transformation: The Art of Rick Bartow

Rick Bartow’s First Major Retrospective

Turning Agony into Art

A Conversation with Rick Bartow

Edgar Heap of Birds

Edgar Heap of Birds

Edgar Heap of Birds at MoMA

Edgar Heap of Birds Public Lecture

Interview with Edgar Heap of Birds

Edgar Heap of Birds: The Original “Say Their Names”

The Anti-Colonial Poetry of Edgar Heap of Birds

The Spirits that Haunt the Words of Edgar Heap of Birds


Leon Polk Smith

Leon Polk Smith Foundation

Leon Polk Smith: American Painter

Shedding New Light on the Work of Leon Polk Smith

The “Endless Space” of Artistic Freedom

Conjuring Curves

New World View

Nicholas Galanin

Nicholas Galanin

Craft in America

Biennale of Sydney

Nicholas Galanin Aims to Change how Indigenous Art is Understood

Interview with Nicholas Galanin

Nicholas Galanin Suggests We’re Ready to Fight Back

Fritz Scholder

Fritz Scholder

How Native American Artist Fritz Scholder Forever Changed the Art World

Self-Determination: Fritz Scholder’s “Figures of Paradox”

Indian or Not?: Fritz Scholder’s Art and Identity

Interview with Fritz Scholder

Palette of American Life

Kay WalkingStick

Kay WalkingStick

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Kay WalkingStick: Passion and Place

Kay WalkingStick and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith in Conversation

Artist Talk: Kay WalkingStick


Kimowan Metchewais

Kimowan Metchewais’s Search for Visual Sovereignty

Grown All Over Again: A Film about Kimowan Metchewais

Kimowan Metchewais at the National Museum of the American Indian

Kimowan Metchewais: A Kind of Prayer

Other Essays on Contemporary Native American Artists

Beyond Inclusion

11 Native American Artists Whose Work Redefines What It Means to be American

8 Contemporary Native American Artists Challenging the Way We Look at American History

23 Contemporary Indian Artists

How Native American Arts has Become a Sleeper Sensation in Museums and The Art Market Alike

How Can Contemporary Art be more Inclusive of Native Voices

Long Sidelined, Native Artists Finally Receive Their Due

Indigenous Artists Use Technology to Tell Stories About Their Ancestral Lands

The Native Artists Showing Us What’s Happening in Indigenous America

The Met Hires Its First Full-Time Native American Curator

Outside the Walls: Indigenous Public Art






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Contemporary Native American Artists

This resource provides links to essays, podcasts, and videos about contemporary Native American artists.