Member of the Great Basin Native Artists group.
Formerly Tribal ViceChairman, Fort Independence Community of Paiute Indians;
served January 2016 - January 2018.
Karma Henry www.KarmaHenry.com
1972 in Vallejo, California.
Tribal member; Fort Independence Community of Paiute Indians
(Fort Independence Reservation, California).
Karma Henry (Paiute) resides in Frazier Park, CA.
Karma Henry spent a decade working as a Certified Surgical Technologist before she went back to school to pursue her love of art. She did her undergrad work at Cal-State Northridge where she earned a BA in Painting and a Minor in American Indian Studies in 2007. She earned an MFA in 2010 from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA.
Henry's striking contemporary paintings include more traditional arts and images as well as modern aspects. Paiute lore and family stories are the basis of her work. She then builds on these ideas integrating petroglyphs, topographic maps, historical photographs and documents, as well as animal imagery and traditional Native beading. This is what she uses to a convey her contemporary Native worldview.
Henry belongs to the Great Basin Native Artists group, (founded by Melissa Melero) which was created to provide more art exposure to smaller native communities and recently served as Vice-Chairman (2016-2018) for her tribe on the Fort Independence Indian Reservation, in the beautiful Owens Valley of Eastern California.
2011 Chainletter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2010 All Together Now (with feeling), Group MFA Thesis Show, Bolsky Gallery,
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 MFA Thesis Show, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. 2009 Westernicity, Curator: Jen Wolf, Otis
Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
2009 Up 'Till Now, Mid-residency Show, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design,
Los Angeles, CA.
2008 Trail of the Trout, Mono Council for the Arts, Mammoth, CA.
2008 Esoji Summer Show, Prescott, AZ.
2007 Open Call LA 2007, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, Jurors: Ed Freeman, Carol Wells and
Dan Taulapapa. California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA.
2007 Painting Guild Spring Exhibit, Juror: Lisa Adams,
California State University, Northridge. Northridge, CA.
2006 Student Art Exhibit. Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Dedication Gala, California State University, Northridge, CA.
First American Art Magazine Fall 2017 issue, Great Basin Artists - CN Gorman Museum by Thollem, pp 73-74.
Cowboys & Indians Magazine, April 2018 issue, American Indian Arts Marketplace,
First American Art Magazine Summer 2018 issue, Great Basin Native Artists, pp. 24-31.
January 2019; Sonoran Arts Residency, Ajo, Arizona.
Prizes and Awards
2009 Wrenn and Bill Chais Graduate Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design,
Los Angeles, CA.
2010 Master of Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
2007 Bachelor of Arts/Minor in American Indian Studies, California State University, Northridge, CA.