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Christina E. Burke
Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art

Christina E. Burke is Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a cultural anthropologist with degrees from the University of Rochester (NY) and Indiana University whose research focuses on Native North America, particularly art and material culture of the past and present. Since 1988 she was worked on a variety of collaborative endeavors with American Indian people, including collections research and exhibitions, as well as the development of Native language curriculum materials. Much of her work is with Native artists, exploring creative traditions and their contemporary expressions. Christina has served on the Board of the Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA), juried many shows of Native art, and curated several exhibitions including the recent retrospective, Impact: The Philbrook Indian Annual. She has also contributed to several traveling exhibitions, including the Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation series (organized by the Museum of Arts + Design), The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky (organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art), and the award-winning online exhibitionLakota Winter Counts ( Her publications include the exhibition catalogue for Impact (Philbrook, 2014), articles and essays on historical and contemporary Native art, as well as contributions to the edited volumes The Year The Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Counts at the Smithsonian (U. of Nebraska, 2007), The Eugene B. Adkins Collection: Selected Works (U. of Oklahoma, 2011), and The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection: Selected Works (U. of Oklahoma, 2012).