Artist Educator Writer


Art has always been a presence in my life. Some of my first childhood memories entail watching my father work in his studio and traveling to art exhibitions with him. Through this I gained exposure to many Native American artists who generously shared their advice of handling various mediums and their personal experience of being a Native artist in contemporary America. Over time I found myself asking questions about what Native artists were making and why. There are certain perceptions and expectations that confine Native American Art. Holding Native American art to these limitations has caused it to remain stagnant. I question why these limitations transfer to the gallery setting and why they have maintained their presence for so long.

Within in my artwork I have tried to divulge the step in which Native art has not gone, which is towards the reclamation of Native identity. Reclaiming identity means creating a fresh vocabulary to redirect a dialogue, not merely playing with the language that has been placed upon a group. In addition to forming a different discourse in Native art through video, performance, photography and installation, I am interested in challenging and stretching the boundaries of aesthetic and conceptual expectations. The focus of my work is to create and uncover new truths.

Updates & News

recent awards

• An artist grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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• An artist grant from The Harpo Foundation. Click to visit her page on the Harpo site.

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• An artist fellowship from the Native Arts & Culture Foundation. Click to visit her page on the NACF site.

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• Acceptance into the Halcyon Fellows Studios Program. Click to read an article about the program. Click to visit her page on the Halcyon site.

Web links

• Watch an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis on Artico, a WHUT-PBS television show.
Click for the interview which starts at minute 9:05.

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• Listen to an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis by KHOL, Jackson Hole Community Radio. The interview covers her installation in the Observatories exhibition.
Click to listen to the interview.

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• Read an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis by the National Endowment of the Arts.
Click for the interview.

news & projects

• In October, Tsouhlarakis will be included in "Native North America", an exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum that "presents some 75 works of art by the most important Native American artists spanning the 1950s to today." Click here to learn more.

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• Tsouhlarakis was in a 3-woman show, "The Geometry of Expression", with Kay WalkingStick and Wendy Red Star at the Eiteljorg Museum. In addition to the show, Tsouhlarakis is included in a new art survey book by the museum. Click to view the book, Native Art Now!

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• In 2017, Tsouhlarakis installed a work at The Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. Click to read about the exhibition. For more about Tsouhlarakis' work "Edges of Her", click here.

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