Sarah Biscarra Dilley, tʸiptukɨłhɨwatʸiptutʸɨʔnɨ, video collage (still), 9:33, 2018


xučyun/oakland, CA

( nitspu chochenyo ktitʸutitʸu )


current + upcoming

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 2019 –January 2020.

Summer 2019: Bancroft Library Fellow – University of California, Berkeley, xučyun, unceded Chochenyo Ohlone homelands.

June  – October 2019: commissioned artist, Red Embers public art installation at Allan Gardens, Tkaronto (Toronto, ON, Canada), Treaty 13 territory.

Fall 2019: chapter submission for forthcoming book from University of Minnesota Press, Allotment Stories: Indigenous Responses to Land Privatization, edited by Jean M. O’Brien and Daniel Heath Justice.

October 2019: artist talk – alongside Tanya Lukin Linklater and Beth Piatote for Indigenous Peoples’ Day/UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages – Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, xučyun [Berkeley, CA].

2020: interview - included in essay written by Julian Lang for forthcoming exhibition catalog on When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, curated by Frank LaPena, at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, unceded Nisenan Maidu land, October 20, 2019 – January 26, 2020, published by University of California Press.


presentations, curation + collaboration

June 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.

March 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.

June 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.

April 2018: panelist - California Indian Environmental Governance: Responsibilities, Rights, and Reclamation - Association of American Geographers (AAG) - New Orleans, LA.

March 2018: presenter - Meet The Commute – Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

November 2017: panelist - Precipice Fund selections committee – Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Portland, OR.

October 2017: presenter - Dreaming New Patterns, Imagining Ourselves: California Native Women and Resurgence - Maidu Museum and Historic Site, Roseville, CA.

June 2017: presenter - Readings from Uŋ Indigenous Art Journal - Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Banff, AL, Canada, Treaty 7 territory.

March 2017: scholar-participant - He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference - Hamilton, Aotearoa NZ.

October 2016: lecturer - California Historical Society, Yelamu (SF, CA).

May 2016: guest lecturer - University of California, helo (Santa Barbara, CA).

April 2016: panelist - "Black Salt Collective" - Open Engagement 2016/Real Time and Space, xučyun (Oakland, CA).

April 2016: panelist - RADAR Productions + GLBT Historical Society, Yelamu (SF, CA).

2015-2016: co-curator - Visions Into Infinite Archives – SOMArts Cultural Center, Yelamu (SF, CA).

June 2015: presenter - Current Contexts and Future Imaginings: A Two Spirit Roundtable Discussion – Native American and Indigenous Studies Association - Washington D.C.

June 2013: keynote lecturer (joint with Daniel Heath Justice) - Sexuality Studies Association- Congress 2013 – unceded Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ homelands (Victoria, BC).


selected exhibitions

January – June 2019: Out of Tradition: Sacred & Profane –de Saisset Museum – Santa Clara, CA – unceded Amah Mutsun homelands.

September-October 2018: installation, group exhibition – The Ethical Etherealness of Love - curated by Lindsay Nixon at La Galerie Centrale Powerhouse - Tiohtià:ke; Moniyang (Montreal, QC, Canada).

March - August 2018: Contemporary Prints: A Selection from the Museum Collection - C.N. Gorman Museum (Davis, CA).

April 2017: performance (with Black Salt Collective) - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Yelamu (SF, CA).

2016 –2017 river from now to nowhere - Gallery of California Art, Oakland Museum of California, xučyun (CA).

December 2016 – March 2017Protest and Prayer – C.N. Gorman Museum (Davis, CA).

October 2016 - March 2017INTERWOVEN - Maidu Museum and Historic Site (Roseville, CA).

June-July 2016 she covered me in flowers – Krowswork Gallery, xučyun (Oakland, CA.)

January - February 2016: Visions Into Infinite Archives – SOMArts Cultural Center, Yelamu (SF, CA).

October 2015: WHERE ARE YOU FROM? (with Black Salt Collective), 16th and Mission Performance Series - The Lab, Yelamu (SF, CA).

Summer 2015: Black Salt Collective Film Screenings (ANCIENT FUTURE: experimental films at FLAB Intersectional Feminist Festival, Copenhagen DE; Qouleur Festival, Tiohtià:ke; Moniyang [Montreal QC]; Imperfectu, Tijuana, MX)

January 2015: Not the Ghost of a Chance – Counterpulse, Yelamu (SF, CA).

June 2014Passage and Place- National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF)- Alley Cat Books, Yelamu (SF, CA).

March 2014Black Salt: The Initiation - San Francisco Public Library, Yelamu (SF, CA).

June 2012: Emnwaangosjig/Coming Out: The Shifting and Multiple Self - Toronto Free Gallery, Tkaronto (Toronto, ON).

June 2012: Best Revenge - National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF) - Alley Cat Books , Yelamu (SF, CA).

June 2011: Take Root - National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF)- Luggage Store Annex, Yelamu (SF, CA).

June 2010: Chronotopia - National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF)- SOMArts Cultural Center Yelamu (SF, CA).


awards + residencies

2018: nominee (for solo arts practice) - SECA Art Award + exhibition, SFMOMA, Yelamu (SF, CA).

2017-2018: recipient - Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

September 2017: Art Writer's Tiny Residency - Portland, OR

June 2017: artist-in-residence - Indigenous Art Journal – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Treaty 7 (Banff, AL).

2016-2017: awardee (with Black Salt Collective) - Art Matters Foundation grant

2016-2017: Provost's Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities - University of California, Davis

2016: nominee (with Black Salt Collective) - SECA Art Award + exhibition, SFMOMA, Yelamu (SF, CA)

August 2016: artist-in-residence - Carrizozo Colony, Carrizozo, NM

June-July 2016: artist-in-residence - Krowswork Gallery, xučyun (Oakland, CA).

May 2016:  artist-in-residence + commission - Facebook A-i-R – unceded Amah Mutsun homelands (Menlo Park, CA).

April 2016: artist-in-residence (with Black Salt Collective) - Open Engagement – xučyun (Oakland, CA).

2015: BA of the Year - San Francisco Art Institute, Yelamu (SF, CA).

2015: Commons Curatorial Residency (with Black Salt Collective) – SOMArts Cultural Center, Yelamu (SF,CA).

2013: Alternative Exposure recipient (with Black Salt Collective) – Southern Exposure, Yelamu (SF, CA)

2012-2014: Point Scholar - Point Foundation



Transits and Returns – exhibition catalogue – co-written by Transits and Returns (Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Freja Carmichael, Tarah Hogue, Lana Lopesi, and Léuli Eshragi)  – 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) – May 2019

News From Native California- Fall 2016 – cover article – Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Vincent Medina Intergenerational Strength, Vol. 30, No. 1

AQ 5 / NYAQ 4/ SFAQ 24: Sarah Biscarra Dilley and Indira Allegra - "Indira Allegra: In Conversations with Sarah Biscarra Dilley"


experience + affiliations

2018- present: member – yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe Language Core Team

2017-present: associate instructor – University of California, Davis – Native American Studies department

2017-present: American Association of Geographers

2015-present: American Studies Association

2014-present: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

2013-2016: design and outreach contractor - California Consortium for Urban Indian Health

2013-2017: member - Black Salt Collective



2016 - present: University of California, Davis – PhD Candidate in Native American Studies; advanced to candidacy June 2019

2018: University of California, Davis - MA in Native American Studies

2015: San Francisco Art Institute - BA in Urban Studies

2010-2011: Institute of American Indian Arts – Studio Art and Indigenous Liberal Studies

1994-2012: I. Edwards - educated in irreverent humor, family history, fiber arts