Artist Walt Pourier giving a talk to a crowd of people inside the artist studio

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence

About the Program

The DAM’s Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program explores contemporary Indigenous perspectives through the creative process. Since its founding in 2012, the residency has provided artists with an opportunity to research the DAM’s collection and develop their work alongside DAM visitors. Residencies have lasted anywhere from 3-8 months and have included performances, demonstrations, workshops, community conversations, and the creation of artwork.

2023 Artist-in-Residence

Viki Eagle (Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta)
Lives and works in Los Angeles and Denver
Residency Dates: March 17–June 30, 2023

Currently a doctoral student on Tongva land at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Anthropology, Viki Eagle has spent a decade photographing Indigenous life for her project Real Life Indian. Her more recent project, Re(Mapping) a Rez Metal Sonic ReZistance, which will be the focus of her residency, utilizes photographs and video, to investigate how Native artists have challenged and reclaimed dominant historical narratives through the sounds of heavy metal music. Her work focuses on how Rez Metal musicians express an Indigenous sonic resistance by bringing awareness to language loss, land dispossession, cultural reclamation, environmental impacts, MMIR (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives), and on-and-off-the-Rez politics.

Artist's Lounge

In the artist’s lounge adjacent to the residency studio, visitors will be able to watch Rez Metal performances and music videos, browse through band t-shirts and album covers, and contribute stories about how music has impacted their own life. Video games developed by Indigenous creators will also be available to play.

Past Residencies

Past Native Arts Artist-in-Residents include:

Our Commitment to Indigenous Communities

The Denver Art Museum is located on the homeland of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute people, along with many people from other Indigenous nations that call this place home. Museums have benefited from the displacement of Indigenous people and the removal and historical misrepresentation of their arts, often resulting in deep harm to originating communities.

While we cannot change the past, we can change how we move forward. Indigenous people have made substantial impacts to our institution, and our identity is innately tied to the Native histories and contributions of Indigenous people past and present. This inspires and grounds us as we move forward in a better way

We commit to building authentic and sustained relationships with Indigenous people at multiple touch points across the museum; centering, elevating, and supporting Indigenous people in our programs and practices and providing meaningful access to our resources including collections, programs, tools, and spaces; and actively listening to and integrating Indigenous voices to grow as an inclusive and accessible space.