The Community Folk Art Center will present the works of three Haudenosaunee artists in the exhibition, “Three Brothers: The Art of Oren Lyons, Rick Hill and Tracy Thomas,” from December 9th, 2006 through January 6th, 2007. The exhibition was guest curated by Summer Frazier.
Oren Lyons, a member of the Onondaga Nation, is a Faithkeeper, a guardian of traditional knowledge, and a Professor of American Studies at SUNY Buffalo, where he is Director of the Native American Studies program. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University. He worked in New York City as a commercial artist, and served as planning director of Norcross Greeting Cards. Lyons has exhibited his works extensively. Since returning to Onondaga in 1970, he has been a leading advocate for Native American causes. On May 25, 2006, the Trustees of the New York State Department of Education awarded him their highest honor, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.
Rick Hill is a member of the Tuscarora Nation. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo. He has taught Native Art History and other courses at SUNY Buffalo. He has held numerous museum positions, including Museum Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as Assistant Director for Public Programs of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. His artwork can be found in several museum collections.
Tracy Thomas is a member of the Mohawk Nation. He resides at the Onondaga Nation. An artist since childhood, Thomas has exhibited his work internationally. He exhibits primarily with other Haudenosaunee artists. He has designed logos for Amnesty International’s Year of the Indigenous Peoples, the North American Indigenous Games and Team Haudenosaunee.