Meet the Exhibit Curators

  • Art Historian & Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


    Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man is an art historian and chief curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She previously served as curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. She has curated 46 exhibitions, including four contemporary Native American art shows, as well as national and international art traveling exhibitions, and holds more than 15 years of curatorial experience in museums and galleries. She was reared in Eastern Westphalia, Germany, and received her Ph.D. in art history from the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. Dr. Well-Off-Man earned her M.A. degree in art history, archaeology and pedagogy. She lectures frequently on various topics of American fine art and artists, and is author of numerous exhibition catalog and magazine articles, blogs and scholarly texts. 

  • Owner of Heritage Museum Services, LLC & Museum and Fine Art Consultant


    Karen Whitecotton (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), owner of Heritage Museum Services, LLC is a museum and fine art consultant with nearly two decades of museum experience, based in Norman, Oklahoma. She is a formally trained museum registrar whose extensive expertise entails high value collections management, acquisitions, loans, and exhibitions on an international scale. She served as the director of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center. Whitecotton has worked with fine art, antiquities and Native American collections in American Alliance of Museums accredited institutions, including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. She has also worked on large scale exhibitions all over the world in countries including Israel and the Vatican.