Neal Ambrose-Smith is an artist of Cree, Metis, and Salish heritage who is at the forefront of contemporary Native American art. A thorough examination of Ambrose-Smiths body of work will reveal that the majority of his art can be viewed as having overwhelming intentions toward a dissolution of boundaries separating the ideas of 'Native,' 'contemporary,' and 'Western art.' It also will show that through the utilization of popular culture and its icons, Ambrose-Smith is able to build a rapport with audiences, while also using images and themes in his art to help break down barriers that contemporary Native artists face in modern society.'
Level of Degree
UNM Department of Art and Art History
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Native American art, Contemporary art, popular culture
Parker, Erik. "Neal Ambrose-Smith: The Artistic Modernity of Indianness." (2015). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/arth_etds/20