A photograph of a woman holding a large basket in museum collection storage.

Anya Montiel

Curator of American and Native American Women’s Art and Craft

Anya Montiel is curator of American and Native American women’s art and craft, a joint position between the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian. This position is funded by the Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative. She joined the museum staff in February 2020. Her responsibilities include researching collection objects, acquiring artworks for the museum’s permanent collection, developing scholarly publications and digital content, and organizing exhibitions that highlight artworks by women and Native American artists at the museum’s Renwick Gallery, SAAM’s branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft, decorative art, and maker culture. See full staff bio

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