Hill, Richard W., Sr. 1950- (Rick Hill)

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HILL, Richard W., Sr. 1950- (Rick Hill)

PERSONAL: Born 1950, in Buffalo, NY. Education: Attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1968-70; State University of New York—Buffalo, M.A., 1980.

ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, Abbeville Press, 22 Cortlandt St., New York, NY 10007.

CAREER: Worked for museums of the Buffalo Historical Society and Turtle (Iroquois cultural center), Niagara Falls, NY, in 1970s; Department of Northern Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, manager of Indian art collections and exhibitions, 1982-85; Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM, director and exhibition curator, 1990-94. Painter, carver, photographer, and basket weaver. Consultant to National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. Also employed as iron and construction worker in the 1960s. Exhibitions: Represented in solo and group shows, including exhibitions at Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Via Gambaro Gallery, both Washington, DC, American Indian Art Gallery, New York, NY, and American Indian Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; work represented in many collections, including those of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Indian Arts and Crafts Board of U.S. Department of the Interior, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, and Woodland Indian Cultural Education Centre.

AWARDS, HONORS: Fellowships from New York State Historical Society, 1971, and Creative Artists Public Service, 1976; America the Beautiful Fund, photography award, 1972, fellowship, 1973.


(As Rick Hill) Creativity Is Our Tradition, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (Santa Fe, NM), 1992.

(With Tom Hill) Creation's Journey: Native American Identity and Belief, Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, DC), 1994.

(With Clara Sue Kidwell) Treasures of the National Museum of the American Indian: Smithsonian Institution, Abbeville Press (New York, NY), 1996.

Gifts of the Spirit, Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), 1997.

Contributor to exhibition catalogs, including Our Land/Ourselves: American Indian Contemporary Artists, University Art Gallery, State University of New York—Albany (Albany, NY), 1990. Contributor to periodicals, including Indian Artist. Some writings appear under the name Rick Hill.



St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998, pp. 224-228.


Albuquerque Journal, August 19, 1990, William Clark, "Indian Art—Indian Voices."

New Times, July 20, 1983, Zoe Tolone, "The Native American Artist: Caught between Culture and Commerce."

Santa Fe Reporter, August 15, 1990, Rowena Dickerson, "Indian Art through Indian Eyes."

Southwest Art, June, 1992, Jacqueline M. Pontello, "Museum Directions: Reclaiming Authority" (interview).

Turtle, winter, 1983, Tim Johnson, "New Directions in Iroquois Photography."*

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