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Past Fellows: 2013

  • Shan Goshorn (b. 1957, Eastern Band Cherokee)

    Shan GoshornsmallerBorn and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Goshorn has made Tulsa, Oklahoma her home since 1981.  She graduated from the Atlanta College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Photography in 1980.  The U.S. Department of Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board then commissioned Goshorn to do an illustration of twenty traditional Cherokee basket patterns, an  opportunity that was a direct result of her high school summer breaks spent working at Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative in Cherokee, North Carolina.  In 2013, Goshorn was a Smithsonian Institution Artist Fellow and SWAIA Discovery Fellow; in 2014, a Native Arts and Culture Artist Fellow; and in 2015, a United States Artists Fellow.  The purpose in her multimedia work is for viewers to perceive Native Americans as the contemporary and diverse peoples they are now.  Recognized for her innovative and visionary baskets woven from copies of treaties, maps, and photographs that she has thoughtfully researched, Goshorn has taken a traditional craft and transformed it into a contemporary art of its own.

  • Julie Buffalohead (b. 1972, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma)

    Julie BuffaloheadA child of professors, Buffalohead moved frequently, but grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in Saint Paul.  She is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Deer Clan.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995 and Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Cornell University in 2001.  In 2002, she was the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship and McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, and in 2014, the Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant with the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.  Via drawings and paintings, Buffalohead portrays animals and figures that are reminiscent of fairy tales but that narrate, at times, her past experiences.  Combined, the imagery lends strength to the oral traditions passed on to her by her family, thereby, providing an unparalleled approach to storytelling.

  • Nicholas Galanin (b. 1979, Tlingit/Aleut)

    Nicholas GalaninsmallerGalanin hails from Sitka, Alaska, where he currently lives.  He studied with traditional master carvers such as Will Burkhart (his uncle) and Jay Miller (Haida) to acquire his traditional master apprenticeship in carving in 1997.  He graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with an Associate of Arts in 1999, London Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Silversmithing and Jewelry Design in 2003, and Massey University with a Masters of Indigenous Visual Arts in 2007.  In 2011, he was the recipient of the Rasmuson Individual Artist Award, and in 2008, he won Best Experimental Film at imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto.  Galanin was an adjunct professor at the arts department at the University of Alaska—Southeast from 2002 to 2006, and he is also a musician performing under the name of “Indian Nick.”  Utilizing multi-disciplinary technologies such as video and photography, as well as taxidermy and Bible pages, his work grapples with the issues of authenticity and fiction inherent in both the identification and presentation of Native art.

  • Meryl McMaster (b. 1988, Plains Cree/Blackfoot)

    Meryl McMastersmallerBased in Ottawa, Canada, McMaster graduated from Toronto’s OCAD with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in 2010.  In 2012,  she was the recipient of the Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists from Ottawa’s Hnatyshyn Foundation; in 2013, a Creation and Production Grant for Emerging Artists from the city of Ottawa; and in 2015, a Visual Artists: Emerging Grant from the Ontario Arts Council.  Additionally, she was placed on the long list of nominees for the 2016 Sobey Art Award.  Although McMaster’s main medium is photography, specifically, digital chromogenic prints, she also creates costumes and props that she performs in her pieces, which are usually self-portraits.  Her overall photographic theme is exploratory, accentuating the processes by which one creates one’s identity and how heritage and the environment contribute to these processes.

  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (b. 1957, Coast Salish/Okanagan)

    Lawrence Paul YuxweluptunsmallerYuxweluptun was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, and grew up in Vancouver, where he currently lives.  He attended residential school for two years before, by Canadian mandate, he and other First Nations children could finally attend public school.  He received his Honors Degree in Painting from the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in 1983.  Due to the influence of politically active parents who were deeply involved with their local Native communities, Yuxweluptun is a vocal advocate for First Nations’ issues on treaty rights, racism, and social injustices.  His love of the environment—as he experienced it and how it has significantly changed throughout his lifetime—are the dominant subjects in his paintings.  An avid colorist, he considers his large scale paintings Neo-Native history recorders that contain elements he calls  “visionism,” his own type of surrealism, and “ovoidism,” a philosophy or approach to the recent abstracted forms in his more current works that also include sculptures.



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