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Sascha T. Scott, Modern Pueblo Painting: Colonization, Aesthetic Agency, and Indigenous Visual Sovereignty

Scott is an associate professor of art history at Syracuse University, where she is also faculty in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program. Prof. Scott is an award-winning scholar whose work on both Indigenous and settler art is framed by ethical imperatives and conceptual frameworks central to Indigenous studies.

A New Foundation for Art History Fellowship will support the completion of Scott’s second book, Modern Pueblo Painting: Colonization, Aesthetic Agency, and Indigenous Visual Sovereignty, which aims to expand the scope of and join in efforts to decolonize U.S. art history. The book tells the story of the first generation of modern Pueblo painters, Indigenous artists who created a new genre of art in the 1910s, which blossomed and reached international audiences in the 1920s. The book is centered on Pueblo agents and their voices and foregrounds how these artists articulated their communities’ visual sovereignty. The book also accentuates how early twentieth-century Pueblo painters navigated the terms of their labor and fought to receive fair and timely payment for their work. The book’s narrative is guided by and was formed in consultation with descendants of the artists and their home communities.

https://www.nfah.org/fellowships