My name is Lara Evans. I have a Ph.D. in art history (specializing in contemporary Native American art), and I am an enrolled member of Cherokee Nation. I was tenured faculty in art history and studio art at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, when I began this blog site. Note: TESC calls it “conversion,” not tenure. I became Visiting Faculty at The Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM in 2012 and then later resigned from TESC to stay at IAIA. Both are fabulous institutions.
I write about contemporary Native American and First Nations art. I started this blog because not everything I think about/write about finds a publisher right away, and because contemporary artists need critical attention NOW, and the timeline for academic publishing takes years. Writing on the blog always has to be prioritized at a lower priority than my actual day job, and I had to pause on the blogging for an extended period while serving as department chair and then heading up a brand-new grant-funded program. So there is a big gap in time between some of the posts.
I came to art history and art criticism by being an artist, first. I continue my own artistic practice because making “things” helps me think through my ideas. I don’t exhibit very often because writing is my first priority.
Ethical Considerations: I don’t make any money from the blog. Unless I am writing about a specific exhibition, I prefer to link directly to artists’ websites instead of gallery websites. This has created a gendered disparity. Many fewer Native women artists have their own websites.