Minthorn, P. Y. 1960-

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MINTHORN, P. Y. 1960-


Born 1960, in Pendleton, OR. Education: Attended University of Colorado, 1979; Institute of American Indian Arts, A.F.A., 1981; attended Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1983-84, and American University, 1997.


Agent—c/o Author Mail, Northwest Interpretive Association, 909 First Ave., Ste. 630, Seattle, WA 98104.


Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Pendleton, OR, socio-cultural technician, 1987; U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC, cultural resource technician at Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 1988; Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Pendleton, OR, cultural research coordinator, 1989; Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Richland, WA, archaeological technician, 1989-91; Tamustalik Cultural Institute, Pendelton, OR, research assistant, 1991; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, contract archaeologist for National Museum of Natural History, 1992-93, museum technician, 1993-96, museum specialist, 1996-97, committee member of American Indian Council, 1994-97. Painter and mixed-media artist, with work represented in group shows, including exhibitions at Denver Art Museum, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, Tamarind Institute, American Indian Community House Gallery in New York, American Indian Contemporary Arts, and Institute of American Indian Arts; work collected at Washington State Arts Commission.


Research grant, Crow Shadow Institute, 1996.


Ceremonious Blue, Institute of American Indian Arts Press (Santa Fe, NM), 1981.

Sapatq'ayn: Twentieth Century Nez Perce Artists, Northwest Interpretive Association (Seattle, WA), 1991.

Work represented in anthologies, including The Clouds through This Light (poetry), Institute of American Indian Arts Press (Santa Fe, NM), 1980; and Songs from This Earth and On Turtle's Back (poetry), Greenfield Review Press (New York, NY), 1983.



Portfolio II: Eleven American Indian Arts, American Indian Contemporary Arts Gallery (San Francisco, CA), 1986.

St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998, pp. 381-382.


Native Vision, July-August, 1986, Abby Wasserman, "P. Y. Minthorn."

New York Times, August 9, 1990, Roberta Smith, "On Long Island, Photos, Portraits, Pollock, and Stereotyping."

Oregonian, July 27, 1990, Randy Gregg, "Exhibit Shows off Minthorn's Magic."

Reflex, September-October, 1990, "P. Y. Minthorn at Elizabeth Leach Gallery."

Visions, winter, 1990, Elizabeth Bryant, "P. Y. Minthorn, James Lavadour, Holly Roberts at Elizabeth Leach."*