Isabella Robbins

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Global Contemporary Indigenous Art

Isabella Robbins is a PhD student in Art History m, Diné scholar and proud rez girl. Her field of study is Global Contemporary Indigenous art, focusing on the art of North America and Australia. She is especially interested in site specificity, art-making in rural spaces, disruptions of the “contemporary vs. traditional” binary and representations of Indigenous people in art spaces. She earned a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University and an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University. While at Brown, she was a Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative fellow and curated Sacred is Sacred: the Art of Protecting Bears Ears, an exhibition of contemporary art pertaining to Bears Ears National Monument at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Previously she has worked at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Cantor Arts Center, and in museum collections of Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks.