Bill Anthes

Professor of Art

With Pitzer Since: 2006
Field Group: Art
Campus Address: Avery 222
Phone: 909.607.3176
Office Hours: Fridays 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Bill Anthes is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in studio art, art history and American Studies. He teaches and writes about art in terms of multimedia practice and intercultural exchange. His most recent book, Edgar Heap of Birds, will be published by Duke University Press in fall 2015.

Educational Background

PhD, American Studies, University of Minnesota
MA, Art History, University of Colorado, Boulder
BFA, Art History, University of Colorado, Boulder

Research Interests

Global indigenous modern and contemporary art in the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific; decolonial methodologies for art history in settler nations such as the United States, Canada, South African, Australia, and New Zealand; and artistic engagements with animals and nonhuman nature.

Selected Courses

The Art World Since 1989

Art and Animals (co-taught with Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator of the Pitzer Art Galleries)

Theories of Contemporary Art

Tradition and Transformation in Native North American Art

Native American Art Collections Research (at the Pomona College Museum of Art)

First Year Seminar: Writing About Art

Art as Idea as Art (co-taught with Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Sculpture)


Edgar Heap of Birds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.

Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice. With Rebekah Modrak. London: Routledge, 2010.

Native Moderns: American Indian Painting, 1940-1960. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006.

Selected Recent Essays

“Tarrah Krajnak: Strays,” Exposure, v. 47, n. 1 (Spring 2014): 30-36.

“Marisol’s Indians,” in Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper, 1955-1998, Marina Pacini, ed. (Memphis: Brooks Museum of Art and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014), 135-156.

“‘Why Injun Artist Me’: Acee Blue Eagle’s Diasporic Performative,” in Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, Gregory D. Smithers and Brooke N. Newman, eds. (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). 411-441.

“Ethics in a World of Strange Strangers: Edgar Heap of Birds at Home and Abroad,” Art Journal, v. 71, n. 3 (Fall 2012): 58-77.

Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

“Ceremony, History and the Contemporary: Time in Native American Art,” College Art Association 103rd Annual Conference, New York, February 11-14, 2015.

“Indigenous Silences,” Scripps College Humanities Institute, Claremont, California, October 30, 2014.

Participant in Panel: “Settler-Colonial Art History: A Transnational Perspective,” Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, October 2, 2014.

“Sharp Rocks: Native American Artists in the Contemporary Art World,” American Anthropological Association 112th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 20-24, 2013.

Respondent/moderator, Modernists and Mentors: Indigenous and Colonial Artistic Exchanges, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, England, November 7, 2013.

“A Wheel Returns,” Native American Art Studies Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 16-19, 2013.

Moderator, “Morrison: Native American/American Artist,” George Morrison: Art, Life, and Legacy: A Symposium to Mark the Debut of Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, National Touring Exhibition, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, June 16, 2013.

“Indian Painting in an Expanded Field: Mapping Modernism in Native North America,” presented at Mapping Modernisms: Transcultural Exchanges in 20th Century Global Art,National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 2012.

Selected Grants, Awards and Honors

Editorial Board Member, American Indian Quarterly (2015-present).

Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, College Art Association, for Edgar Heap of Birds (2014).

Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant (2009).

Arnold S. Graves and Lois S. Graves Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Teaching in the Humanities, Pomona College/The American Council of Learned Societies (2008).

Board of Directors, Native American Art Studies Association (2007-11).

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