Seamus McKillop


Curator Seamus McKillop is Registrar and Manager of Collections, Exhibitions, and Facilities at the Vilcek Foundation in Lenapehoking (New York City).


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Seamus chose the following for the Grounded in Clay exhibit:

Crescencio and Anna Martinez jar

Crescencio and Anna Martinez | San Ildefonso
Early 1900s
Clay and paint
8½ x 11½ in. (21.6 x 29.2 cm)
Collection Vilcek Foundation

Non-Native Stewardship

I am incredibly fortunate to have learned so much from the team at the Indian Arts Research Center at SAR and from all the community members during the planning and coordination of this exhibition and catalogue. Planning and coordination are integral parts of my job as Registrar and Manager of Collections, Exhibitions, and Facilities for the Vilcek Foundation, but for this exhibition my top priority was to show respect for the cultural significance of the works. As a non- Native steward of the Vilcek Collection, I am honored to be involved in this project and to share this beautiful San Ildefonso jar made by the remarkable pottery-making team of Crescencio and Anna Martinez.