Charlene Teters

Born: Spokane, WA, Spokane Tribal Member


M.F.A.  1994     Painting      University of Illinois

B.F.A.   1988     Painting      College of Santa Fe

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

Honorary Degrees

DFA     2000     Mitchell College, New London, Connecticut

Professional Experience

7/2014-present    Dean, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

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

1992-Present      National Board of Directors, National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media

Speakers Bureau, International Indian Treaty Council

2013-2020.         Dean, Center for Arts and Cultural Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts

2011-2013          Department Chair, Studio Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2007-2011          Senior Painting Faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

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

2004-2005          Department Chair, Studio Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Prior Years

  • Senior Editor, Native Artists Magazine
  • Senior Editor, Indian Artist Magazine
  • Visiting Lecturer/Professor, Ohio State University,
  • Director of Student Placement and Alumni Affairs, Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Racial Justice Office, National Congress of American Indians, Washington DC

Teaching Experience

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

Introduction to Painting

Intermediate Painting

Advanced Painting

Senior Projects in Painting and Printmaking.

Drawing I

Drawing II

Figure Drawing

Studio Art Seminar

Contemporary Issues in Native American Art.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, 2005-2007

Multi Media Painting

Ethnicity and the Arts

Drawing for Illustration

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1995-1996

Multi Media Painting


Senior Projects

Institutional Service

Promotions Review Committee, Chair

Environmental Health and Safety Committee, member

Faculty Council, Chair, Vice-Chair, member

Traditional Concerns Committee, member

Faculty Development and Concerns Committee, Chair, member

Educational Standards Committee, Secretary, member

Curriculum Committee, Chair, member

Academic Policy and Procedure Committee, member

President’s Committee, member

Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, member

Graduation Coordinator

Graduation, Master of Ceremony


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

2008                 New Mexico’s Feminist Art Pioneers, award

2003                 nominated as one of “10 Who Made a Difference” Santa Fe New Mexican.

2003-2004          W.K. Kellogg Leadership Fellow.

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


1999                 Soaring Eagle Award, Committee of 500 Years, Cleveland, OH

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

1991                 W. Ellison Chalmers Memorial Award, American Civil Liberties Union, Champagne

County Chapter

Radical Justice Award, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)

Solo Exhibitions

2020                Way of Sorrows, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 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               It Was Only an Indian, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM

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

1997               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, New York, NY

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

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

2005                 Changing Hands 2, Without Reservations, Museum of Art and Design, NY city.

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 University

                        The Art of Community, Institute of American Indian Arts Faculty Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM

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 Limeric 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

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                 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, Waterville, ME

Bradley University, Peoria, IL

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

National Association for Treasurers of Religious Institutes, Panelist, Philadelphia, 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, November 1991.

Books –

Stapleton, Dr. Bruce.  Redskins: Racial Slur or Symbol of Success?  Writers Club Press.  2001.

King, Richard C. and Springwood, Charles Fruehling. ed. Team Spirits: The Native American Mascot

Controversy.  University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln & London.  2001.

Alexie, Sherman. ed. Ploughshares.  Stories and Poems edited by.  An Emerson College

Publication.  Winter 2000.  Cover art by Charlene Teters.        .

Rob, Mark Anthony.  ed.  The American Indian and The Media.  Chief Wahoo’s Free Ride.  The National

Conference for Community and Justice.  2000.  Essay by Charlene Teters.

Spindel, Carol.  Dancing At Halftime: Sports and the Controversy Over American Indian Mascots.  New York University Press.  2000.

Broder, Patricia Janis.  Earth Songs, Moon Dreams: Paintings by American Indian Women.  St. Martin’s Press, New York.  1999.

Alexie, Sherman.  The Man Who Loves Salmon.  Limberlost Press.  1998.  Cover Illustration by Charlene Teters

Hirshfelder, Arlene.  ed.  Personal Accounts by American Indians, 1790 to the Present.  New York:


On Artists:  Articles –

Randall, Thompson Terri.  “Sculpture Discourse”, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, Oct. 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, S.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, November 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.

Guest Juror/Curator

2007                 Earth Day Posters, Studio 266, Pomona, CA

Police Brutality,

Dance of Dawn, the Artwork of George Flett

2006                Curator, Miner’s Canary, Cal Poly Downtown Center, Pomona, CA

Curator, Miner’s Canary, Center For Cotemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Maps exhibition,

1999                 Juror, Black Hills Art Expo, Journey Museum

Guest Curator, “Beyond the Trails End”, Ohio State University

Juror, “Sculpture Project 5”, College of Santa Fe

1996                 Juror, “Southwest 96”, Museum of New Mexico of Fine Arts