Visiting Artist: Julie Buffalohead

Jan 16 - Jan 22, 2022

Join us for a free lecture with Julie Buffalohead on January 20th from 5-6PM. Click here to register.

Julie Buffalohead (b. 1972) enrolled Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, is a visual artist living and working in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995 and her MFA from Cornell University in 2001. Buffalohead has received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts. Buffalohead has held notable public solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019-20), the Denver Art Museum (2018-19), Highpoint Center for Printmaking, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Buffalohead was featured in the traveling exhibition Hearts of Our People (2019-20). Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Para-Site in Hong Kong, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville Arkansas (2018-19), and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. Additionally Buffalohead has exhibited her work in a number of regional venues including: All My Relations Gallery, Bockley Gallery, Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, Soo Visual Arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Augsburg College, University of St. Thomas, Plains Art Museum in Fargo, Rochester Art Center and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI.

Buffalohead creates visual narratives told by animal characters that have personhood, agency, and individuality. Her work has focused thematically upon describing a cultural experience, an Indian experience, through a specific kind of story telling with traditional significance. She connects the mythical with the ordinary and the imaginary with the real, offering a space to which viewers can bring their own experiences. She coaxes us to discover additional layers of meaning–social, historical, political, personal – using metaphor, wisdom, and wit.

Julie Buffalohead’s visit is supported by the Ann Korologos, Harman Scholarship Fund.

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Jan 16 - Jan 22, 2022

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