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NAME: Peter Jemison  
NATION: Seneca  
TELEPHONE: 585-742-1690  


For more than 30 years, G. Peter Jemison has explored a variety of topics, from creating political works that portray contemporary social commentary to works of art that reflect his relationship with the natural world. Known for his naturalistic paintings and series of works done on brown paper bags, his works embody orenda, the traditional Haudenosaunee belief that every living thing and every part of creation contains a spiritual force. Educated in New York and Italy, Peter's work has been exhibited around the world and is highly sought after by museums and collectors. The subject of numerous articles and publications, Peter, a member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation, is often called one of the most "eloquent Native American voices."


1964 University of Siena, Siena, Italy
1967 Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY,
BS Art Education
2003 State University of New York, Buffalo, NY,
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts

Selected Exhibitions

2006 Institute of American Indian Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, First Indigenous Biennial
2004 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, The Artwork of G. Peter Jemison
2003 Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt am Main, Lifeworlds - Artscapes: Contemporary Iroquois Art traveling exhibition
1999 The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, Art in Two Worlds: The Native American Fine Art Invitational 1983-1997
1996 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL, Native Streams: Contemporary Native American Art traveling exhibition
1994 American Indian Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, Indian Humor traveling exhibition
1991 The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, Shared Visions: Native American Painters and Sculptors in the Twentieth Century traveling exhibition
1990 Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, The Decade Show: Frame Works of Identities in the 1980s

Awards & Commissions

2002 Esprit de Corps - Artist of the Year Award, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY 2000 Print Commission, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT
1999 Print Commission, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
1998 Excellence in Iroquois Arts Award, Governorís Office of New York State
1996 Commission Tile Mural project with Mel Chin, Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station. Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York, NY

Selected Publications

2000 Treaty of Canandaigua 1794, 200 Years of Treaty Relations between the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States, co-editor with Anna M. Schein
1998 Irokosen, The Visual Expression of Contemporary Native American Artists, Frankfurt, Germany
1996 The Telling of the World: Native American Stories and Art, ed. W. S. Penn
1994 I Stand in the Center of the Good: Interviews with Contemporary Native American Artists, Lawrence Abbott, University of Nebraska Press
1991 Shared Visions: Native American Painters and Sculptors in the Twentieth Century, eds. Margaret Archuleta and Rennard Strickland, The New Press
1990 Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, Lucy R. Lippard, Pantheon Books

Selected Collections

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
The British Museum, Museum of Mankind, London, England
Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Collection, Cooperstown, New York
The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
The Indian Art Centre of Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Museum Suer Voelkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT
Museum of the Northern Plains, Browning, MT