Student Connections

Seneca Cayuga Tom Huff Named Artist-in-Residence at CNYC

By Michael Mancini

May 24, 2011

Will Participate in Native American Studies Residency

Tom HuffSculptor Tom Huff, a Seneca Cayuga, pictured, has been named artist-in-residence at the Central New York Center in Syracuse for the 2011/2012 academic year.

Huff is a well-known artist and curator in the Central New York region. He has served on the boards of the CORA Foundation in Syracuse, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia and Atlatl, a national Native arts organization in Phoenix, Az. He earned an A.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Art and a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. His stone work has been shown in exhibits from Santa Fe to Germany, and recently at the “Haudenosaunee Elements” exhibit he curated at the Everson Museum in Syracuse.

Nikki Shrimpton, CNYC dean, said, “We are very excited to be able to work with Tom on creating a variety of new learning experiences for our students. Last year, at the college’s first Native American Studies Residency, Tom played an instrumental role in enriching the experiences of the students, from curating a show in our art gallery to providing a stone carving workshop. ”

Huff will curate an art show for the Native American Studies Residency again, as well as lead a workshop during the residency. He will also give various other workshops during the Arts Learning Community (login required), which will begin in September.

Mentor Deb Holler, a member of the Native American Studies Residency and Arts Learning Community planning committees, noted, “We're delighted that our students will have an opportunity to work with the notable stone sculptor Tom Huff. His presence in the Central New York Center will enrich the arts community as we look forward to strengthening our relationships with Haudenosaunee communities throughout New York state.”