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Elysia Poon

IARC Acting Director

Under the guidance of Elysia Poon, the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, has furthered a Native Artist Fellowship program that is now one of the most nationally recognized unique opportunities for Native American artists and is known for bridging cultural heritage with contemporary practices.

The program offers three artists a year the opportunity to live and work on campus and draw inspiration from SAR’s historic campus and the IARC collection of Native American art that includes 12,000 works of primarily Southwestern Native American art spanning the sixth century to the present. The IARC is also currently leading a significant and nationally-recognized initiative on proper stewardship of Native American collections known as the Guidelines for Collaboration. The 2016 publication is a protocol for how source communities and collecting institutions can work together and has led to institutional partnerships with leading museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Poon received her BA in art history and criticism from the University of California, San Diego and MA in art history from the University of New Mexico. Prior to coming to SAR, Elysia worked for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Autry National Center in Los Angeles, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Her responsibilities also include IARC public programming and education outreach.

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