Julie Buffalohead (Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma) is a mixed-media artist who creates visual narratives told by animal characters that have personhood, agency, and individuality. She connects the mythical with the ordinary and the imaginary with the real, offering a space which viewers can bring their own experiences. She connects the mundane with the cosmic coaxing audiences to discover additional layers of meaning—using metaphor, wisdom, and wit.
Buffalohead’s recent solo exhibitions include Julie Buffalohead at Carleton College’s Perlman Teaching Museum in Northfield, Minnesota (2022), Storytelling: Julie Buffalohead at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019–2020), and Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead at the Denver Art Museum (2018–2019). Her group exhibitions include Art Speaks at the Minnesota Historical Center in St. Paul (2022), Companion Species at the University of Wisconsin’s Chazen Museum of Art in Madison (2021–2022), and An Opera for Animals, exhibited by Para Site in Hong Kong and Shanghai (2019). Among many other recognitions, Buffalohead was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fine Arts Fellowship (2019), the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant (2019), and an Artist Initiative Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board (2018). Her work is in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Field Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the Walker Art Center, among others.
Buffalohead lives and works in St. Paul.