Kathleen Ash-Milby

Kathleen Ash-Milby

Kathleen Ash-Milby is an Associate Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York.  She organized numerous contemporary art exhibitions at the museum including C.Maxx Stevens: House of Memory (2012) and Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination (2007).  She was the co-curator, with Truman Lowe, for Edgar Heap of Birds: Most Serene Republics, a public art installation and collateral project for the 52nd International Art Exhibition / Venice Biennale (2007).  Ash-Milby is a recipient of a 2011 Secretary of the Smithsonian’s Excellence in Research Award for her exhibition and publication HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor (2010). She served on the boards of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (2007-2012), the American Indian Community House (2005-2007), and is currently the president of the Native American Art Studies Association (2011-2015).  She was the curator and co-director of the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York City from 2000–2005.  A member of the Navajo Nation, she earned her master of arts from the University of New Mexico in Native American art history. 

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The Portland Art Museum announces Kathleen Ash-Milby (CCL 2015) as its Curator of Native American Art

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