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March 25 - 26, 2021

9:00am - 3:30pm MDT

Free Virtual Conference

Diné College, Tsaile, AZ (Navajo Nation)

Conference convened by grant team from the SAHE and ID+PI, UNM

Painting by BFA Student Troy Tso, Landscape Painting


Diné Art.

Following a year in which traditional concepts of place on the Navajo Nation have been disrupted or abolished by the pandemic—including ceremonies; formal art markets; tourism; parades; rodeos; flea markets; family gatherings; and casinos—this two-day virtual conference asked the question what is Diné artmaking and “placeknowing” in 2021? Seeking to draw on a wide variety of voices, including informal sellers; photographers; painters; curators; as well as Diné students; this conference sought to open a broad discussion on the leadership role of artists and designers on the Navajo Nation in 2021. The conference asked us to consider the question: What is Diné Art Today? A goal of the conference was to help other Native communities (especially those served by tribal colleges) to think about the role of artmaking and placemaking following the world-wide pandemic.


The conference was virtual, free, and open to the public.


Image by Khalid Honie, Dine College BFA Graduate

Recordings now available!

Thank you for those who joined us! You can find the recordings of each session on our agenda page (link below). 



To’Hajiilee Landscape. Chelsey Begay, iD+Pi, University of New Mexico, 2020.

Special thanks.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support in making this conference possible..


Onyxx. Kayla Jackson, 1st year Graduate MFA, Colorado State University.