Emily Santhanam (Chickasaw/Tamilian) comes to the Harwood Museum of Art with a passion for decolonial museum practices and collaborative programming. She worked for the Chickasaw Nation as a curator of exhibitions and education from 2017 through 2020, organizing cultural, historical, and fine arts exhibitions. Recently, Emily completed an internship-in-residence with the School for Advanced Research’s Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She has held previous curatorial internships with Yellowstone National Park and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. A 2016 graduate of Stanford University, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and creative writing. She looks forward to blending these disciplines with art history and community engagement as a curatorial assistant at the Harwood.