NYSM Ethnology Collections featured artist, Karen Ann Hoffman, is a recipient of a 2020 NEA National Heritage Fellowship! (National Endowment for the Arts press release)
Karen Ann Hoffman, enrolled member of the Oneida Nation (Wisconsin) is an artist, curator, and mentor to many. She first studied the art of Haudenosaunee raised beadwork with Sam Thomas (Cayuga) and Lorna Hill (Cayuga). She is an advocate for Native youth to be involved in the arts, and she is co-organizer of the annual International Iroquois Beadwork Conference. The NYSM Ethnology Collections include Hoffman’s works, “Treaty Rights Footstool” (E-2014.26) and “Never Alone” (E-2018.28), a collaboration with fellow Oneida Nation artist Dawn Dark Mountain. “Treaty Rights Footstool” was part of the 2018 exhibit “Community and Continuity: Native American Art of New York” at the Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, reviewed by Hyperallergic (full review here).