Brian Vallo

As the director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced research, Brian Vallo is leading a national initiative on proper stewardship of Native American collections. Vallo spearheaded the development and 2016 publication of a protocol for how source communities and collecting institutions can work together known as the Guidelines for Collaboration (Common Guidelines). Vallo has advised national and international museum curators and exhibition-design teams on the implementation of the Guidelines, including recent work with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. Under his guidance, the IARC collections have grown to over 12,000 works of primarily Southwestern Native American art that span the sixth century to the present and the Native Artist fellowship program has grown to include three annual residencies for contemporary artists. Vallo has over 25 years of experience working with tribal groups throughout the Southwest. He was a former Lt. Governor of Acoma Pueblo, the founding director of the Haakú Museum at Acoma, and the director of the Acoma Historic Preservation Office. He is an active member of the Santa Fe community and serves on notable non-profit boards including Santa Fe-based Chamiza Foundation, and the Native American Advised Endowment Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. He attended New Mexico State University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing and later studied Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

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