Denene De Quintal

Denene De Quintal


CCL/SMH 2021-2023


Detroit Institute of Arts


Assistant Curator of Native American Art

Institution at time of Fellowship

Detroit Institute of Arts

Dr. Denene De Quintal is Assistant Curator for Native American Art at Detroit Institute of Arts, where she is reengaging the Indigenous and Detroit communities with the Native American Art collection, strategically acquiring contemporary and historical art, addressing NAGPRA compliance, and enacting best practices for the display of Native American Art. In her position she created a Native American Advisory Council that assists the museum with addressing the concerns of the Native American community and is augmenting the contemporary Native American Art collection by purchasing works by Marie Watt, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Nicholas Galanin, and Kelly Church, among others. Dr. De Quintal also formed an interdepartmental Cultural Stewardship Taskforce that is developing policies and procedures for the care, housing, handling, research, and display of the Native American Art collection. She led the development of a traveling exhibition, Vitality and Continuity: Art in the Experiences of Anishinaabe, Inuit, and Pueblo Women, which celebrates some of the critical roles Anishinaabe, Inuit, and Pueblo women fulfill in their families, their communities, the art world, and beyond. She received a Terra Foundation grant for planning the reinstallation of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Native American Galleries, and Luce Foundation Museum Partners for Social Justice grant.

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