Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Jennifer Vigil

Jennifer Vigil (Diné/ Latina) earned her B.A. degree in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa.  She retired as Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona and is now a Research Associate in the Art History Department at the University of Arizona.  Her research in contemporary Native art focuses on issues of sovereignty, self-determination, appropriation, identity politics and negotiating cultural space.  Her research also includes issues of race, class, gender and ethnicity in 20th- 21st century American art.  She has contributed to various exhibition catalogues including Pathbreakers: The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art and Diversity and Dialogue: The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art.  Additionally, she has worked as a curator and continues to do freelance curatorial work.