FOCUS SERIES: ACCENT GALLERY
October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Opening Reception: October 2 | 6 – 8pm
Rochester Art Center in partnership with Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis is honored to present the exhibition Julie Buffalohead: Entwined Recent Prints in Collaboration with Highpoint Center for Printmaking in our Accent Gallery as part of a new FOCUS EXHIBITION SERIES IN ACCENT GALLERY. The exhibition features ten captivating prints Buffalohead developed in collaboration with Highpoint that was first presented in their gallery space in February 2015.
The exhibition presents a group of richly sensitive prints that embody Highpoint’s commitment to the art of impeccable printmaking as well as Buffalohead’s aptitude for creating rich and mysterious pictorial narrative. A member of the Ponca tribe of Oklahoma and primarily known as a painter, Buffalohead’s new prints call upon a personal iconography comprised of splendid anthropomorphized animal protagonists. Themes are drawn from Native American legend and history, politics, contemporary culture, power, parenting, stereotypes, and identity. Buffalohead states “through these images I attempt to harness a mythic power to cope with the perils of human experience.”
Julie Buffalohead, born in 1972 lives and works in St. Paul, MN. She is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, St. Johns University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis. Buffalohead has participated in group exhibitions at the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indianapolis, the Carl N. Gorman Museum in Davis, California, The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, and Artfit Exhibition Space, Phoenix, among others. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University. Buffalohead is a recipient of the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and the Fellowship for Visual Artists from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Rochester Art Center is presenting an intimate catalog on the occasion of this exhibition that includes a new commissioned essay by Netha Cloeter, Director of Education and Social Engagement at the Plains Art Museum and an introduction by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Rochester Art Center. This publication is generously funded with support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking is dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking. Its goals are to provide educational programs, community access, and collaborative publishing opportunities to engage the public and increase the appreciation and understanding of the printmaking arts. Julie Buffalohead participated in Highpoint’s Visiting Artists Program 2014-2015, a program international in scope—through which invited artists create original prints under guidance and support of a Master Printer. Buffalohead partnered with Cole Rogers, Highpoint’s Co-founder, Artistic Director & Master Printer.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, in partnership with Julie Buffalohead, was a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature, and a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Entwined is organized by RAC and curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Outgoing Executive Director.