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Charlene Teters

Charlene Teters

Charlene Teters. Photo by Julien McRoberts.

Charlene Teters (Spokane) is a senior faculty member of the Studio Arts Department specializing in painting and drawing.  She is known for her activism and multimedia art.

Charlene exhibits internationally, creating multimedia installations that examine the social presumptions and portrayals of Indian people in pop culture and media.  Her artwork expresses her personal and political views about America’s dehumanization of Indian Peoples.


She holds a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Illinois.

Honorary Degrees

2000, Doctor of Fine Arts, Mitchell College, New London, Connecticut

Major Professional Activities:

1997-Present, Professor, Institute of American Indian Arts
2005–2007, Hugh O. LaBounty Chair of Interdisciplinary Applied Knowledge, Cal Poly Pomona, CA two year appointment

Her solo exhibitions include:
2004, “We Were Like Custer” CCA, Santa Fe, NM
2003, “Home of the Brave”, Notre Dame College, Cleveland, OH
2002, “Baseball and Playing Indian”, American Museum of Natural History.

Selected Awards:

ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings honored her as  “Person of the Week,” October 10, 1997.
2003, nominated as one “10 Who Made a Difference” New Mexican.
2003-2004, W.K. Kellogg Leadership Fellow.
2001, Allan Houser Memorial Award, New Mexico Governors Award


Charlene Teters
Dean of Academics IAIACollege
Work Phone: (505) 424-2367
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