India Rael Young

Curator, Art and Images

India Rael Young joined the Royal BC Museum in 2019 as the curator for art and images. She oversees the collections of paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, which are primarily housed in the BC Archives. Highlights of the collections include early BC photographer Hannah Maynard’s BC Gems, Emily Carr’s sketchbooks and the thousands of photographs from Beautiful British Columbia Magazine. She looks forward to expanding the collection towards artists working in the province after 1950 and artists previously excluded from institutional collections.

Dr. Young’s research and exhibitions trace Canadian and American art histories through feminist, decolonial and critical race frameworks. Her curatorship has brought exhibitions of media arts and contemporary Indigenous arts to museums and art spaces in Canada, the United States and Russia. She also teaches and writes for arts publications.


BA, Literature, Eugene Lang College, The New School

MA, Indigenous Arts, University of Victoria

PhD, Indigenous Arts, University of New Mexico

Areas of Interest

Regional Art Histories

Contemporary Indigenous Arts

Theories and methods of Reproduction

Institutional Histories

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