Delilah Montoya

born Fort Worth, TX 1955
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Active in
  • New Mexico, United States
  • Houston, Texas, United States
  • American

Delilah Montoya graduated from Metropolitan Technical College in Omaha in 1978 and went on to study photography at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she received her BA in 1984, her MA in 1990, and her MFA in 1994. Since completing her MFA, Montoya has been a visiting professor at California State University, Los Angeles. She incorporates printmaking, painting, and drawing techniques into her photography and photographic installations. Her work, as she notes, "makes a statement about being a Chicana in Occupied America and articulates the Chicana experience in the United States." In recent work she has utilized the topography of Aztlan to explore Western tourism and, in turn, her own identity as an outsider in Western civilization. Montoya lives in Los Angeles and Albuquerque.

National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)



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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
October 24, 2013March 2, 2014
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture.
 The Protagonist of an Endless Story by Angel Rodríguez-Díaz
Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea
July 28, 2023January 14, 2024
Ideas about the American West, both in popular culture and in commonly accepted historical narratives, are often based on a past that never was, and fail to take into account important events that actually occurred. The exhibition Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea examines the perspectives of 48 modern and contemporary artists who offer a broader and more inclusive view of this region, which too often has been dominated by romanticized myths and Euro-American historical accounts.