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 am tenured faculty in art history and studio art at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, but TESC calls it “conversion,” not tenure. At present (the 2012/13- 2013/14 Academic Year) I am Visiting Faculty at The Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.
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.
I curated an exhibition at The Evergreen State College Gallery called It’s Complicated – Art About Home (October 2010-January 2011). My first-year college students produced a series of enhanced podcasts (audio with still images) about works in the exhibition. You may view/ download them here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/visionsandvoices/ .
I am a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. It’s a great organization for Native and First Nations arts professionals.
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.