Laurie Houseman-Whitehawk is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. One-half Santee Sioux, Houseman-Whitehawk was born in 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska. She currently resides in Yakima, Washington. Houseman-Whitehawk attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico and the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a founding member of the Kansas Indian Artists├ Association. Acting as a spokesperson for the group, Houseman-Whitehawk helps promote the contemporary arts and traditional crafts of Native Americans. Houseman-Whitehawk brilliantly captures the mysticism of Native American ritual and experience in her painting. Bold color and vibrant form dominate her work, emphasizing in particular the enduring strength and power of female spirituality in Native culture. She participated in the first annual Kansas Indian Artists├ Association Juried Show and Sale, the Circle of Tribes competition, and Visions of the Earth 7th Annual National Indian Art Show and Benefit for the Native American Rights Fund. Houseman-Whitehawk has received 23 awards in over 40 juried shows, garnering five first place honors. Additionally, she has participated in 57 non-juried shows in her career. Houseman-Whitehawk├ s work hangs in numerous public and private collections, including the Southern Plains Indian Museum, the Nebraska State Historical Society State Museum of History, the prestigious Neihardt collection, and many private commissions, including those for Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., and most notably, the Bonham Gallery (Seville).
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