Kathleen Ash-Milby is an Associate Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York. A member of the Navajo Nation, she earned her master of arts from the University of New Mexico in Native American art history. She worked as an independent curator, writer, and consultant on numerous contemporary art exhibitions and was the curator and co-director of the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York City from 2000-2005. At NMAI she organized the exhibitions C.Maxx Stevens: House of Memory (2012), Julie Buffalohead: Let the Show Begin (2012), and Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination (2007). She was the co-curator, with Truman Lowe, for Edgar Heap of Birds: Most Serene Republics, a public art installation and collateral project for the 52nd International Art Exhibition / Venice Biennale (2007). Ash-Milby is a recipient of a 2011 Secretary of the Smithsonian's Excellence in Research Award for her exhibition and publication HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor (2010). She served on the boards of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (2007-2012), the American Indian Community House (2005-2007), and is currently the president of the Native American Art Studies Association (2011-2013).
"Alan Michelson: Landscapes of Loss and Presence." In We Are Here: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2011, Jennifer Complo McNutt and Ashley Holland, eds. Indianapolis: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 2011.
Editor and essayist, Most Serene Republics: Edgar Heap of Birds. Washington: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 2009.
"The Plain Truth: Jason Baerg," Storm Spirits: Aboriginal New Media Art (www.stormspirits.ca), 2008.
Editor and essayist, Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination. Washington: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 2007.
"Contemporary Native American Art in the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Legacy." European Review of Native American Studies, 19:1, 2005.
"Finding Our Way: Negotiating Community in Contemporary Native Art." In Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community. Banff, Alberta: Banff International Curatorial Institute, Walter Phillips Gallery, 2005.
"The Indian as 'Artist': Native American Art at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art." In The American West: People, Places and Ideas. Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning) and Western Edge Press (Santa Fe), 2001.
"Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw Nunez: an Indian Princess Painter." In Painters, Patrons and Identity: Essays in Honor of J. J. Brody and the University of New Mexico, Joyce M. Szabo, ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001.
"Lorenzo Clayton." In Contemporary Masters, The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, Vol. I, Indianapolis: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 1999.