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Peter Jemison

Peter Jemison

G. Peter Jemision was born in silver Creek, New York, in 1945. He received his academic arts education from the University of Sienna in Sienna, Italy, before earning a B.S. in Arts Education from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY in 1967 as well as an Honorary Doctorate of fine Arts at SUNY Buffalo, in Buffalo, NY, in 2003. A member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation, Jemison’s work is also rooted in the framework of Native America art.

G. Peter Jemison, a member of the Heron clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians, has been exhibiting his work for more than four decades and is a painter and printmaker, curator of Native American Art, videographer, author and historian for the Seneca Nation. He is the Historic Site Manager for Ganondagan State Historic site located in Victor, New York. His longstanding personal interest in the interpretation of Haudenosaunee (Iroquiois) historiography is a central and inspirational driving force informing his work.

G. Peter Jemison has exhibited in numerous solo-exhibition and group shows, and his works are included such significant collections as The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM; The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; The British Museum, London, UK; and the museum der Weltkultern, Frankfurt, Germany. He lives and works in victor, New York.

2000 and 2013 - Curated 8 Iroquois Biennial Exhibits, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. The exhibitions supported by the Eugene and Clare Thaw Charitable Trust foundation.

One of his personal favorites was Four Artists Under 30. An exhibit featured Leah Shenandoah, Oneida; Loren Jimerson, Seneca; Awenheeyoh Powless, Onondaga; and Natasha Smoke Santiago, Mohawk.

His current film in-progress is entitled "The Iroquois Creation Story", a collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology, Garth Fagan Dance Theater, and the Friends of Ganondagan. The film combines live action footage and animation using Iroquois traditional songs and a new composition of music by Brent Michael Davids.

Jemison's contribution to Native American arts and culture extend beyond the objects of his own making – he is also an esteemed administrator, curator, editor and writer. In 2004, he was elected Board Member at large of the American Association of Museums. He is also widely known as a curator of Native American arts. Jemison’s most recent curatorial projects include Pan-American Exposition Centennial: Images of the America Indian at the Burchfield-Penney Art Venter in Buffalo, NY and Stan Hill: The Spirit Released/A circle complete at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York