Dakota Mace

Graduate student Dakota Mace

Title/Department: MFA Graduate Student, Design Studies
Email: dmace@wisc.edu


Dakota Mace is a Diné (Navajo) artist from Albuquerque, NM. Her work focuses on translating the language of Diné weaving history as well as beliefs through different mediums and techniques. This serves as not only a different approach to cultural reclamation and preservation but also the importance of the meanings of motifs used in her work. Mace feels that in order to understand a culture you must do so through design in order to understand the relationship to land and self. She continues to look to other cultures as forms of inspiration while teaching others about the importance of cultural appropriation in relation to Native American design.

Education and Relevant Experience

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI — Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Present

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI — Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), 2017

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI — Master of Arts (M.A.), 2016

Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM — Certificate in Business, 2014

Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM — Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, 2013