May 16, 2011
Tom Huff, Seneca Cayuga, Named Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Empire State College
(SYRACUSE, N.Y. – May 16, 2011) – Tom Huff, Seneca Cayuga, 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, Ariz. 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, dean of SUNY Empire State College’s Central New York Center, explains “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 give a workshop during the residency. He will also give various other workshops during the Arts Learning Community which will begin in September.
Mentor Deb Holler, a member of the Native American Studies Residency and Arts Learning Community planning committees, notes, “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.”
About SUNY Empire State College
Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.