Meet the Curator

Kelley Hays-Gilpin

Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin, Curator of Anthropology

Kelley Hays-Gilpin is Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, and Curator of Anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and has 30 years of experience studying rock art, pottery, and other visual arts in the Southwest. She has numerous articles and books, including Ambiguous Images: Gender and Rock Art (AltaMira Press), which won the 2005 Society for American Archaeology book award. She co-edited Painting the Cosmos: Metaphor and Worldview in Images from the Southwest Pueblos and Mexico (Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 67), with rock art specialist Polly Schaafsma, and co-edited Belief in the Past: Theoretical Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion with David S. Whitley. Her current research focuses on the long-term histories of Hopi and Zuni communities and their relationships with land and water through production of visual arts.  She is investigating culturally appropriate museum curation techniques in collaboration with Hopi and Zuni scholars, and planning new exhibits for MNA’s archaeology and ethnology galleries in partnership with Native American scholars and archaeologists.

Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin Publications