Sarah Biscarra Dilley

Sarah Dilley.  Photo

Position Title
Ph.D. Candidate


Working Dissertation Title: tʸiptukɨłhɨ wa tʸiptutʸɨˀnɨ, where are you from and where are you going?: patterns, parcels, place nitspu tiłhinktitʸu

B.A. Urban Studies, San Francisco Art Institute, 2015
M.A. Native American Studies, University of California, Davis, 2018

grants, awards, fellowships
recipient – Critical Mission Studies UC Graduate Student Fellowship – University of California.
2019: recipient - Bancroft Library Fellowship – University of California, Berkeley
2018: nominee - SECA Art Award + exhibition, SFMOMA, Yelamu (SF, CA).
2017-2018: recipient - Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
2017: Art Writer's Tiny Residency - Portland, OR
2017: artist-in-residence - Indigenous Art Journal – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Treaty 7.
2016-2017: Provost's Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities - University of California, Davis
2016: artist-in-residence - Carrizozo Colony, Carrizozo, NM
2016: artist-in-residence - Krowswork Gallery, xučyun (Oakland, CA).
2016:  artist-in-residence + commission - Facebook A-i-R – unceded Amah Mutsun homelands.
2015: BA of the Year - San Francisco Art Institute, Yelamu (SF, CA).
2012-2014: Point Scholar - Point Foundation


, yatsʔiqšiqšimu, many stars: navigation, knowing, place in the world(s), Artlink Australia, forthcoming.  
Allotment Stories: Indigenous Responses to Land Privatization, tʸiptukɨłhɨ wa tʸiptutʸɨˀnɨ, where are you from and where are you going?, edited by Jean M. O’Brien and Daniel Heath Justice, University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.
When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California – interview and images for exhibition catalogue – “Reflecting the Creative Spirit,” written by Julian Lang for exhibition at Crocker Art Museum, unceded Nisenan Maidu land, published by University of California Press, 2019.
Transits and Returns, co-written by Transits and Returns (Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Freja Carmichael, Tarah Hogue, Lana Lopesi, and Léuli Eshraghi), Vancouver Art Gallery Press, 2019
H-Net Reviews, H-AmIndian, Performance, Process, Place: On Defiant Indigeneity: The Politics of Hawaiian Performance by Stephanie N. Teves (2018), 2019
News From Native California,  cover article, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Vincent Medina Intergenerational Strength, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2016.
AQ 5 / NYAQ 4/ SFAQ 24, Sarah Biscarra Dilley and Indira Allegra - "Indira Allegra: In Conversations with Sarah Biscarra Dilley", 2016.


presentations + curation
2018-2020: visiting curator, part of Indigenous curatorial consortium Transits and Returns, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver B.C., unceded Skwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ territories, September 28, 2019 –February 23, 2020.
2019: presenter, Contemporary Indigenous Arts Showcase, Indigenous Peoples’ Day/UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, xučyun [Berkeley, CA].
2019: panelist, Breath of Life, moderated by Quirina Luna-Geary and Deborah Morillo, part of Language of Life Gathering, sponsored by Adovoctes for Indigenous California Language Survival.
2019: moderator, Working With and From Within Community, featuring panelists: Taloi Havini, Sarah Hunt, Jaymyn La Vallee, Carol McGregor, Faith Sparrow, part of Great Ocean Dialogues, co-sponsored by the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones, SFU Galleries and the Vancouver Art Gallery - 2019
2019: co-facilitator, yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region meeting with National Anthropological Archives and University of Maryland on appropriate use and cultural protocols regarding J.P. Harrington Archives (towards a shared stewardship partnership), unceded yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini homelands.
2018-2019: visiting curator, part of Indigenous curatorial consortium Transits and Returns, for Layover – ­Artspace, Tāmaki Makarau, Auckland, NZ, on display March – April 2019.
2019: co-organizer and presenter -  Layover Non-Symposium, curated by­ Transits and Returns, Artspace, Tāmaki Makarau, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ.
2017-2019: yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini tribal consultant, yakʔitʸutʸu housing project, California Polytechnic University, tiłhini (San Luis Obispo, CA), unceded yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini homeland.
2017-2018: visiting curator – exhibition, curated by Transits and Returns, The Commute, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), on display September 22 - December 22, 2018, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
2018: scholar-participant – Breath of Life: Archival Institute for Indigenous California Languages – hosted by Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival at University of California, Berkeley.
2018: panelist - California Indian Environmental Governance: Responsibilities, Rights, and Reclamation - Association of American Geographers (AAG) - New Orleans, LA.
2018: presenter - Meet The Commute – Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
2017: panelist - Precipice Fund selections committee – Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Portland, OR.
2017: presenter - Dreaming New Patterns, Imagining Ourselves: California Native Women and Resurgence - Maidu Museum and Historic Site, Roseville, CA.
2017: presenter - Readings from Uŋ Indigenous Art Journal - Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Banff, AL, Canada, Treaty 7.
2017: scholar-participant - He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference - Hamilton, Aotearoa NZ.
2016: lecturer - California Historical Society, Yelamu (SF, CA).
2016: guest lecturer - University of California, helo (Santa Barbara, CA).
2016: panelist - RADAR Productions + GLBT Historical Society, Yelamu (SF, CA).
2015-2016: co-curator - Visions Into Infinite Archives – SOMArts Cultural Center, Yelamu (SF, CA).
2015: presenter - Current Contexts and Future Imaginings: A Two Spirit Roundtable Discussion – Native American and Indigenous Studies Association - Washington D.C.
2013: joint keynote with Daniel Heath Justice - Sexuality Studies Association- Congress 2013 – unceded Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ homelands (Victoria, BC).


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