Artist Talk with Cara Romero

Artist Talk with Cara Romero

in conversation with Prof Gregory Levine & Talia Dixon

Tuesday, April 11th 2023

11:00am – 12:30pm PDT

free & open to the public

Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall


Presented by the Arts Research Center with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Art Practice, Ethnic Studies, and the History of Art, the Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry, and the Center for Race & Gender.

In addition to her artist talk, Cara Romero will be doing studio visits with students in the MFA Art Practice program.

Cara Romero (b. 1977, Inglewood, CA) is a contemporary fine art photographer. An enrolled citizen of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Romero was raised between contrasting settings: the rural Chemehuevi reservation in Mojave Desert, CA and the urban sprawl of Houston, TX. Romero’s identity informs her photography, a blend of fine art and editorial photography, shaped by years of study and a visceral approach to representing Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural memory, collective history, and lived experiences from a Native American female perspective.

Following her talk, Cara Romero will be in conversation with Professor Gregory Levine and graduate student Talia Dixon.

As an undergraduate at the University of Houston, Romero pursued a degree in cultural anthropology. Disillusioned, however, by academic and media portrayals of Native Americans as bygone, Romero realized that making photographs could do more than anthropology did in words, a realization that led to a shift in medium. Since 1998, Romero’s expansive oeuvre has been informed by formal training in film, digital, fine art and commercial photography. By staging theatrical compositions infused with dramatic color, Romero takes on the role of storyteller, using contemporary photography techniques to depict the modernity of Native peoples, illuminating Indigenous worldviews and aspects supernaturalism in everyday life.

Maintaining a studio in Santa Fe, NM, Romero regularly participates in Native American art fairs and panel discussions, and was featured in PBS’ Craft in America (2019). Her award-winning work is included in many public and private collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art and The Met. Married with three children, she travels between Santa Fe and the Chemehuevi Valley Indian Reservation, where she maintains close ties to her tribal community and ancestral homelands.

Romero also serves as Program Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program, and previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi Education Board and Chemeuevi Headstart Policy Council. 

Cara Romero, Program Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program,

will be moderating several panels at the Bioneers Indigeneity Conference

at the Broward Center on April 6 – 8, 2023.

More conference information, tickets, and schedule here.

Article in Hyperallergic:

Cara Romero Stands Defiant Against Institutional Categorization  (Jan 11, 2023)

Image: Three Sisters, 2022 © Cara Romero