12 Sep Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie
Fellowship: Path Breakers (2003)
Cultural Affiliation: Taskigi/Diné
In 1966, Tsinhnahjinnie relocated to the Navajo reservation, and thus has lived most of her youth in the southwest. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts prior to graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1981. In 2002, Tsinhnahjinnie received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of California—Irvine. In 1994, she received a California Arts Council Artist Fellowship; in 1997, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship; and in 2000, a First Peoples Community Artist Award. Currently, she is an associate professor of Native American Studies at the University of California—Davis and the director at the university’s C.N. Gorman Museum. She is known for her innovative and revisionist photography that often includes collage or reworked historic images of Native Americans. Her work both challenges non-Native views of Native Americans and offers Native viewers an opportunity to see themselves in a different light.