Artist, Author, Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Michigan State Dylan Miner Coming to Campus

Coming March 16 at 6 p.m.,  join us for a  Meet & Greet Potluck with the P.M.Terra Incognita Art Series featuring Dylan Miner. He is an artist, author, director of  American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humantities, Michigan State University.

We will be learning more about his practice, and his myriad interests and ideas. For those who’ve read it, this will also be an opportunity to discuss his book: Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island. If you’d like to join, please email We’d love to have you there!

Dylan Miner will also be leading masterclass in printmaking in the afternoon. If you’d like to attend, please send us an

Dylan AT Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is currently Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press. Miner is currently completing a book on contemporary Indigenous aesthetics and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I must learn). In 2017, Miner hung solo exhibitions in Ontario and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, taught a course on ecology at Ox-bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, published an artist’s book with Issue Press, and exhibited in group shows in Norway, Ireland, Canada, and the US. Miner is currently working towards multiple solo exhibitions in 2018 and 2019, as well as on various collective projects. Most importantly, Miner recently commenced the Bootaagaani-mini ∞ Drummond Island Land Reclamation Project.

Miner is an associate professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, focusing on indigenous and anti-colonial issues. In 2010, Miner was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution).

Since 2010, Miner has been featured in more than 15 solo exhibitions and has been artist-in-residence at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, France, and Santa Fe Art Institute.

“As the country’s original land grant university, MSU has a history of and commitment to working with indigenous communities and is ideally situated to educate Native and non-Native students about the ongoing importance of American Indian, First Nations and indigenous studies,” he said. “Alongside the Native American Institute and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center, AISP makes MSU a vibrant place for studying indigenous issues. I look forward to working with MSU faculty, students and staff, as well as the university’s indigenous community and Native organizations and tribes across the Great Lakes, to ensure AISP’s success.”

Miner is a Michigan native of Métis descent, also referred to as Wiisaakodewinini or Michif. Since the late 20th century, the Métis people have been recognized in Canada as an Aboriginal people, with formal recognition equal to that given to the Inuit and First Nations peoples. Miner is descended from Métis with ancestral ties to Indigenous communities in the Great Lakes, Prairies and subarctic regions. His book, “Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty and Lowriding across Turtle Island,” was published last year by the University of Arizona Press.

Miner holds a Ph.D. from The University of New Mexico and has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, critical essays and encyclopedia entries.

Terra Incognita’s Spring 2018 series is created thanks to additional co-sponsors: The Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies; UW-Madison Arts Institute; The Network @ Wisconsin Center for Education Research; The Center for Culture, History, and Environment. We are also indebted to programmatic and promotional support from the Art Department and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.