Charlene Teters



Born: Spokane, WA. Spokane Tribal Member


M.F.A.  1994    University of Illinois

B.F.A.   1988    College of Santa Fe

A.F.A.   1986    Institute of American Indian Arts       


Honorary Degrees

Doctorate of Humanities 2021, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Doctorate, Fine Arts 2000, Mitchell College, New London, Connecticut       


Professional Experience

2021- present Board Member, Gonzaga University, School of Leadership Studies

2021- present Board Member, Strategic National Art Alumni Project

2014-2021      Academic Dean, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

1997-2020      Associate Professor, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2005 – 2007    Professor, Hugh O. LaBounty Chair of Interdisciplinary Applied Knowledge, Cal Poly Pomona, CA



2017                Women’s Caucus for Art, Lifetime Achievement Award

2010                Vision Project, Artist, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2008                New Mexico’s Feminist Art Pioneers, award

2003-2004      W.K. Kellogg Leadership Fellow.

  • Allan Houser Memorial Award, New Mexico Governors Award for Excellence in the


1997                Person of the Week, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings             

1995                New Forms Regional Initiative Grant, DiverseWorks, Art Space

                        Art Matters Fellowship, Art Matters Foundation


Solo Exhibitions

2020                Way of Sorrows, MoCNA, Santa Fe, NM

2007                Man, Studio 266, Pomona, CA

2004                We Were Like Custer, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2003                Home of the Brave, Notre Dame College, Cleveland, OH

  • Baseball and Playing Indian, American Museum of Natural History

1999                ROUTE 66 REVISITED: It Was Only an Indian, Magnifico Art Space,

                        Albuquerque, NM

  • Poe Gae, The Watering Place, Public Art Installation, Santa Fe, NM

1996                We, the Invisible People, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA

1995                The Good White Man, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA

1994                It Was Only an Indian, American Indian Community House Gallery, NYC

1993                It Was Only an Indian, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

                        Into Indian Country, Center for Contemporary Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM

1992                American Holocaust, Sculpture Project, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019                Faculty Exhibition: Contemporary Edge, Santa Fe, NM

2018                Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations, MoCNA

2017                Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations, Anchorage Museum, AK

2012                Agitated Histories, SITE Santa Fe, NM

2006                Native Pop, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2005                Changing Hands 2, Without Reservations, Museum of Art and Design, NYC

2004                Only Skin Deep, December 2003-February 2004

                        Tour dates, Seattle Art Museum, March – June 2004.

                        San Diego Museum of Art, thru December 2005.

2003                Holponiyochi” Contemporary Native American Sculpture. Wright State       

The Art of Community, Institute of American Indian Arts Faculty Exhibit

                        Daily Terrors, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2001                CSF, Sculpture Project, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM

2000                Over the Edges: The Corners of Ghent, organized by SMAK, Museum of

Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium; curated by Jon Hoet and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio

EV+A 2000, Friends and Neighbors, International Exhibition, organized by Limerick City Gallery; curated by Rosa Martinez

1999                Looking for a Place, Third International Biennial, Catalog, SITE Santa Fe; curated by Rosa Martinez

Sculpture 2000, International, Outdoor sculpture exhibition, New London, CT

1997                The Rio Grande Project: A River Thirsting For Itself, Santa Fe Council for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM


Selected Lectures

2020                Gonzaga University, WA

2019                California State San Bernardino, CA

2016                Penn State, State College, PA

                        Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas

2015                Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

                        University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2014                New Mexico State University,

                        Reed College, Vine Deloria Jr Lecture Series, Portland OR

                        Native American Student Advocacy Institute, Albuquerque, NM

2013                Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

2012                SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

                        University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

                        Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

2011                University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

                        University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Gonzaga University, Institute for Hate Studies, Spokane, WA

2010                California State University, San Bernardino, CA “Conversations in Diversity”

Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, Student Leadership Conference

Fielding Gradate University, Santa Barbara, CA

2009                People of Color Conference, Keynote Speaker, Denver, CO

                        Student Diversity Leadership Conference, Denver, CO

                        Augsburg, Minneapolis, MN

2008                Through the Flower, Belen, NM

                        Cal Poly Pomona, California

                        Cleveland, Ohio

                        New Mexico State University, NM

                        Wyoming conference

                        Yakima Community College

                        Yakima Teachers Conference

2007                Fielding Institute

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

                        National Indian Education Conference, workshop speaker

2006                Miami University, Ohio

                        University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

                        Bowling Green State University

                        Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism Awards speaker

                        Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2005                Mt San Antonio Community College, CA

                        Central Michigan University

Georgia College and State University,

2003                Tufts University, MA

                        Oberlin College, OH

                        Notre Dame College, OH

                        Ohio Wesleyan University, OH

                        Penn State, College of Education, PA

                        Cornell University, NY

2002                Columbia University, NY

                        Connecticut College, CT

                        Ossining School District, NY

                        Drake University, IO

                        University of Iowa, IO

                        Michigan Indian Education Conference, Traverse City Keynote Address

                        National Indian Education Conference, MT

                        Illinois State University, IL

2001                Facing History and Ourselves, New York Historical Society, NY

                        American Museum of Natural History, NY

                        California State University, Monterey Bay, CA

                        Commission on Racial Justice Conference, UCC National, Cleveland, OH

                        Ohio State University, OH

                        Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

                        Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH

                        Arizona State University-West, Phoenix, AZ

                        Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO

2000                Penn State, State College, PA

                        Museum of Nature Science, Houston, TX

                        Mitchell College, New London, CT

                        American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

                        University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI

                        University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

1999                Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

                        Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

                        University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

                        University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Harvard Law School, Keynote Address, “Defining Our Vision, Defending Our Voice”,

                        Women of Color Collective, Cambridge, MA

                        Colby College, The Ralph J. Bunche Scholar Symposium, Keynote Address

                        Bradley University, Peoria, IL

                        University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

                        National Association for Treasurers of Religious Institutes, Panelist, PA

            “Human Face to Human Rights”

                        NASA, Keynote, 1999 Glenn Native American Observance, Cleveland, OH

                        University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

                        University of New Mexico, “Public Art & Public Space” with Lucy Lippard,

                        Albuquerque, NM



Selected Bibliography                  

By Artist:  Articles –

  • “Looking for a Place”, Third International Biennial, Catalog, SITE Santa Fe, Artist Essay, 2000.
  • “Turn of the Century Woman”, Reflections Column, Native Artist Magazine, 2000.
  • “Of Heroes and Savages”, Native Artist Magazine, Fall 1999.
  • “American Indians are People, Not Mascots”, Between Two Rivers Column, Indian Artist Magazine, Winter 1999.
  • “Coyote is Awake Again”, Between Two Rivers Column, Indian Artist Magazine, Summer 1998.
  • “Indian Identity”, Between Two Rivers Column, Indian Artist Magazine, Spring 1998.
  • Meeting Sherman Alexie”, Indian Artist Magazine, Spring 1998.
  • Battling Bureaucracy”, Indian Artist Magazine, Spring 1997.
  • Juror’s Essay”, In Southwest 96, Catalog, New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, 1996.
  • Meeting Shan Goshorn”, Indian Artist Magazine, Spring 1996.
  • Challenging the Myth”, Indian Artist Magazine, Fall 1995.
  • Stop Denigrating Indians with Worn Out Stereotypes”, Palm Beach Post, Nov. 1991.


·   Books –
  • Stapleton, Dr. Bruce. Redskins: Racial Slur or Symbol of Success?  Writers Club Press. 
  • King, Richard C. and Springwood, Charles Fruehling. ed. Team Spirits: The Native American Mascot Controversy. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln & London. 
  • Alexie, Sherman. ed. Ploughshares. Stories and Poems edited by.  An Emerson College
  • Winter 2000.  Cover art by Charlene Teters.
  • Rob, Mark Anthony.   The American Indian and The Media.  Chief Wahoo’s Free Ride.  The National Conference for Community and Justice.  2000.  Essay by Teters.   
  • Spindel, Carol. Dancing At Halftime: Sports and the Controversy Over American Indian Mascots.  New York University Press. 
  • Broder, Patricia Janis. Earth Songs, Moon Dreams: Paintings by American Indian Women.  Martin’s Press, New York.  1999.
  • Alexie, Sherman. The Man Who Loves Salmon.  Limberlost Press.    Cover Illustration by Charlene Teters
  • Hirshfelder, Arlene.   Personal Accounts by American Indians, 1790 to the Present.  New York: MACMILLION.  1995.


·   On Artists:  Articles –
  • Randall, Thompson Terri. “Sculpture Discourse”, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, 26-Nov. 1, 2001.
  • Lawless, James. “Wohoo protesters see progress, plan demonstration”, The Plain Dealer. April 2, 2001, 2-B.
  • Indyke, Dottie. “Persona”, The New Mexican, March 10, 2001.
  • McDonald, Rob. “Mills decries lack of recognition”, The Spokesman Review, January 30, 2000, B-1.
  • Carlisle, Susanna. “I don’t understand what the be deal is.  It was only an Indian”, Review, The Magazine, January/February, 2000.
  • Messec, Don. “Over the Edges, the Corners of Ghent”, Exhibition Catalogue, M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, essay, June 30, 2000.
  • Lores, Maite. “EV+A 2000: Friends and Neighbors”, Contemporary Visual Arts, 2000, Issue 29.
  • Clemmer, David. “Site Santa Fe”, Art Nexus, November 1999-January 2000.
  • Mitchell, Charles Dee. “Report From Santa Fe: Places of the Art”, Art in America, December 1999.
  • Constable, Lesley. “Indians as Objects”, Pasatiempo, New Mexican, Nov 12, 1999, 24.
  • DellaFlora, Anthony. “Stereotypes and Culture Collide in Art Exhibition”, The Sunday Journal, Arts & Culture, November 7, 1999.
  • Lopez, Ruth. “Exploring ‘Place’ Can Be Tricky When the Place Is Someone Else’s”, The New York Times, Arts & Leisure, August 22, 1999.
  • Cross, Guy. “You’ve Got (Art) Mail”, The Magazine, July, 1999, 35.
  • Lopez, Ruth. “Less Is More”, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, July 1, 1999, 14.
  • Humphrey, Kay. “PBS Shows Mascot Documentary”, Indian Country Today, July 21, 1997, A8.
  • Dingman, Tracy. “Turning Anger Into Action”, Albuquerque Journal, July 12, 1996, 1.
  • Reang, Putsata. “Fighting Racism, Native American artist brings vicious stereotypes to forefront”, Spokesman Review, February 29, 1996.
  • Coates, Ross and Lysohir, Marilyn. “Charlene Teters:  Art on the Line”, High Ground ’96: Art Notes From the Plateau, 1996.
  • Canto, Minerva. “Artist Wants Others to Walk in Indians’ Shoes”, Albuquerque Journal-Journal North, February 1994.
  • Messec, Don. “It Was Only An Indian, Charlene Teters Exhibition”, Artwinds, Summer 1994.
  • Cross, Guy. “Universe of Charlene Teters”, The Magazine, April, 1994, vol. 11, no. 9.
  • Mithlo, Nancy. “Demonstrations of Culture, Charlene Teters: Rosa Parks of Campus Racism”, Crosswinds, March, 1994, vol. 6, no. 4.
  • Touchette, Charleen. “Brave Hearted Native American Woman Artists”, Signals Magazine, July/August,1993, vol. 2, no. 2.
  • Villani, John. “Teters, Munoz Open at CCA with Powerful Statements”, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, August 27, 1993, 17.
  • Armitage, Diane. “Politics to Pictographs: Three Contemporary Indian Artists”, Artist of the Sun, 1993.


On Artist: Video Documentary
  • “Living Voices”, National Museum of the American Indian, radio series, 2001.
  • American Indian Forum on Racism in Sports and the Media, 2001.
  • ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Person of the Week, October 1997.
  • National PBS: POV, “In Whose Honor?”, American Documentary, July 15, 1997.
  • Rosenstein, Jay (Producer). “In Whose Honor?” –Champaign, Illinois: Smoking Munchkin Video, 1996.
  • Mendosa, Marie Kate (Producer). “False Traditions, False Idols”, New Mexico: KNME,1994.