Stone Canoe

Tom Huff

  Tom Huff is a stone sculptor working in a variety of stones, styles, and themes, traditional and contemporary. He also creates mixed media / found object sculpture. In much of his work, Huff addresses the current situation of Native Americans mixing cultural, stereotypical, political and autobiographical elements. He began carving stone, wood, and antler at home, inspired by the artists at the Cattaraugus Seneca Nation. He later attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (AFA, 1979) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1984) in Providence, Rhode Island.

Currently Huff is an adjunct professor at the Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, teaching an annual summer stone carving / Iroquois Art course with other native artists.

Huff curates the following shows: The Nuclear Indian Series, a solo installation; Tonto Revisited: Indian Stereotypes, an exhibit of found objects and images; and group exhibitions of contemporary Iroquois artists from the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.

Huff is also a writer whose prose and poetry have been published, and he is the editor of Stonedust, an Iroquois arts newsletter.

A former Trustee of the Iroquois Museum in Howes Cave, New York, Huff has served on various boards and committees including the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, New York; and Atlatl, a national Native arts organization in Phoenix, Arizona.

Huff maintains a carving studio at his residence on the Onondaga Nation near Syracuse, New York, with his wife, sculptor Trudi Shenandoah, his son Charlie, and his daughter Kali.


Stone Canoe sculpture
Stone Canoe by Tom Huff