CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS-BIOGRAPHY
Books and Videos | Magazine, Newspaper, and Journal Articles | Websites
Subject Searches| Keyword Searches| Useful Starting Points| Palomar College Databases
BOOKS AND VIDEOS
In order to locate biographical information on contemporary Native American artists, students should start with a library catalog. Some good catalogs to use are:
San Diego Circuit Catalog (books and materials at SDSU, UCSD, San Diego County Libraries, USD, and CSUSM)
Getty Union List of Artist Names (includes information on artist exhibitions and citations to biographical information)
The call number for Native American biographical information is E89. Artists, however, also have separate biographical sources that are listed under Useful Starting Points. Some sample subject searches:
Indians of North America--Biography
Indian artists--North America
Keyword Searches for the Artist's Name
Since students will have a particular artist to research, it is better to keyword search the catalog for the name of the artist. A keyword search will scan the content notes of any materials the library owns. This is a good method for the student to find the artist mentioned within collections or exhibition catalogs of an art museum. Often, these sources will include biographical information on the artist. Example: a keyword search for Lowry, Judith leads the searcher to a book titled The dirt is red here: art and poetry from native California (PS 591 .I55 D57 2002).
Useful Starting Points
Some of the more helpful starting points in researching contemporary Native American artists, located at Palomar College are:
Dictionary of Art, Palomar Library Reference, N31 .D5 1996
Encyclopedia of Native American Artists, Palomar Library Reference, N6538 .A4 E94 2008
North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary, Palomar Library Reference, N6503 .N67 1995
Women Artists in the United States: A Selective Bibliography, Palomar Library Reference, N6536 .C54 1990
Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, Palomar Library Reference, N6536 .F5 1986
Who's Who in American Art, Palomar Library Reference, N6536 .W5
Encyclopedia of Pottery and Porcelain, Palomar Library Reference, NK3920 .C36 1986
The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, Palomar Reserves PS591 .I55 D57 2002
I Stand in the Center of the Good: Interviews with Contemporary Native American Artists, Pauma N6538 .A4 I2 1994
Native American Almanac, Palomar Library Reference E77 .N37 2001
Notable Native Americans, Pauma and Escondido E89 .N67 1995
Encyclopedia of Native American Biography, Palomar Library Reference E89 .J69 1997
Indians of Today, Palomar Library Reference E89 .G75 1971
MAGAZINE, NEWSPAPER, AND JOURNAL ARTICLES
Students will need to locate magazine, newspaper, and journal articles on their artist. Magazine and newspaper interviews of the artist may be a good source for information on the life of the artist, his or her exhibitions, and their style and influences. Newspaper articles often review art exhibitions. Journal articles provide scholarly, in depth information on the artist. Palomar College subscribes to many databases helpful to the researcher. Some suggested starting places for finding information on Native American artists are:
Palomar College Databases and Print Index for Art Magazines
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO). This database provides indexing for a number of art journals and magazines including American Indian Quarterly, ArtNews and News from Native California.
Newspaper Source (EBSCO). Check for articles on exhibits of the artists and reviews of their work.
JSTOR (Arts and Literature). Indexes and provides full-text of American Indian Quarterly.
ARTSTOR includes images of many works by contemporary Native American artists along with a description of the work, date, and medium.
Art Index, Index Table N7425 .A75 (in print, indexes print journals owned by Palomar College including American Indian Art Magazine, ArtNews and Southwest Art.
Palomar College Library has print copies of some magazines and journals relating to Native American art, including American Indian Art Magazine, American Indian Crafts and Culture, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Indian Quarterly, American Indian Report, Masterkey, ArtNews, and Southwest Art).
Many good sources of biographical information are available on the Internet. Students should search out the artist's personal website, if available, or look for museum exhibits online that include the work of the particular artist. Often, these museum exhibits provide biographical information on the artist. Some starting points are:
If you are unsure of how to get the best information on the Web for your project review the library's tips for evaluating web sites at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/HowTo/EvalWWW.htm