Julie Buffalohead

Julie Buffalohead (b. 1972) lives and works in St. Paul, MN, and is a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and an MFA from Cornell University. Buffalohead's work has focused thematically upon describing Indian cultural experience through personal metaphor and narrative. Just as frequently as the work has been evocative of animals, anthropomorphism and nature, it has been a critique of the simulacrum of the Old West, and of the prejudicial commercialization of Native culture. The work juxtaposes (constantly evolving) representations of animal spirit and Coyote motifs. Buffalohead has employed an eclectic pallet of traditional and natural materials, such as birch bark, porcupine quills, and rawhide. She has blurred the boundary between drawing, illustration, painting, bookmaking, sculpture and installation formats.

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 (Davis, CA), The Plains Art Museum (Fargo), and Artfit Exhibition Space (Phoenix), among others. She has had solo exhibitions at Carleton College, St. Thomas University, St. Johns University, Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, The Plains Art Museum, and Minnesota Museum of American Art.


Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN