Paul Michael Taylor, a research anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution since 1981, is Curator for Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the Smithsonian’s Anthropology Department, and he serves as Director of the Smithsonian’s Asian Cultural History Program. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from UCLA and Ph.D. from Yale University, both in Anthropology; and is an author or editor of numerous books and scholarly articles on the ethnography, ethnobiology, languages, and art (or material culture) of Asia. These include Beyond the Java Sea: Art of Indonesia’s Outer Islands, Fragile Traditions: Indonesian Art in Jeopardy, Sikh Art from the Kapany Collection, and Artists of Modern Kazakhstan. Many of his publications are available at: https://si.academia.edu/PaulMichaelTaylor. He also served as curator of many museum exhibitions.
Sonia Dhami is Executive Director of the Sikh Foundation, which she joined in 2008. Since then she has organized and assisted in Sikh art exhibits, conferences, community events, and publication of the annual Sikh fine arts calendar. She previously edited the richly illustrated book Games We Play: A Journey Down Memory Lane with Childhood Games from the Punjab. Before arriving in California in 2005, she ran her own design firm in India, which executed projects for Sikh institutions in that country, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. One of her initiatives, “Landscaping at Anandpur Sahib Welcome Gates”, was showcased in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 2001. A graduate of St. Bedes College-Shimla, she earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Punjab Agricultural University- Ludhiana.