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Montiel, Anya


Anya Montiel is a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Previously she was the curator of American and Native American women’s art and craft through the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. She was assistant professor of art history at the University of Arizona, teaching courses in Native American art, global arts and crafts, Indigenous feminisms, and museum studies. Her recent NMAI exhibition, Ancestors Know Who We Are, explores the interwoven histories of Black and Indigenous peoples through art. 


Geographic Focus

Background And Education

Education And Training


Selected Publications

  • Blog Posting

  • Book

    • Evans, Laura, Belarde-Lewis, Miranda, and Montiel, Anya. 2023. Sharing Honors and Burdens: Renwick Invitational 2023 [Exhibition catalog] Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press. 2023
    • Savig, Mary, Atkinson, Nora, and Montiel, Anya. 2022. This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World [Exhibition catalog] Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with D Giles Limited, London. 2022



Mailing Address

  • 4220 Silver Hill Road

    Cultural Resources Center

    Suitland, MD  20746

    United States