Position title: Ph.D. Candidate
B.F.A. Institute of American Indian Arts, 2014
M.A. Georgetown University, 2016
Kendra Greendeer, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and descendant of the Red Cliff and Fond du Lac Bands of Lake Superior Ojibwe, is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History with a focus on contemporary Native American arts. Her dissertation “Rematriating Indigeneity in Contemporary Native American Arts” explores the work of contemporary Native women artists’ and their creations as expressions and enactments of Indigenous knowledge that work to restructure colonial spaces. Most recently Kendra has curated and been the conservator for objects exhibited in the co-curated exhibition Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas at the Ruth Davis Gallery on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus and in “Ho-Chunk Objects” displayed in the permanent installation “Mrs. M’s Cabinet” at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has also conducted research for the Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe exhibition catalog; written and researched for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Native New York and Americans exhibitions; and has been a consultant for numerous exhibitions.
She is currently the Collections Manager for Little Eagle Arts Foundation in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Kendra has received fellowship support by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (Fall 2022), the Institute of American Indian Arts (Fall 2021), Cobell Graduate Research (Summer 2021), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017–2018, 2021–2022), and others. She has received support for curatorial work through the Center for Curatorial Leadership (2020), Arttable Fellowship at the Portland Art Museum (2021), and the Midwest Art Conservation Center (2018).
She earned her B.F.A. in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and M.A. in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.