Creating an impact: Community contexts for the contemporary expressions of indigenous women artists

Abstract:
This study explored patterns in the creative and career directions of indigenous women artists amid multicultural programming trends within the mainstream art world. The research design addressed how the influence of race and gender in the contemporary studio practices of indigenous women intervened within multicultural theory, and, in turn, how indigenous women navigated the institutional processes that inserted their work within this paradigm. Data was collected through interviews with four indigenous women working within a regional contemporary arts community. A theoretical framework was developed to analyze the multiple dynamics of race, gender, and community influencing the professional position of the study participants with the aid of QSR NUD*IST Vivo (NVivo), a qualitative data analysis software program. The research findings showed the community interactions engendered within contemporary exhibition to be the central dynamic through which the artists exercised agency in negotiating professional position and social location within mainstream institutional systems.

Author: 

Heather Mikolaj

Chair: 

Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox

Publication: 

thesis

Year: 

2006

Arizona State Museum: 

M9791 M63c

Proquest: 

ATT 1437562
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences