Each One, Inspired

On View August 19 through November 19, 2021

What is inspiration? What does it feel like when you’ve found it? Whether it’s an unassuming moment, a vision, a musical sound, or the encouragement of a teacher, inspiration creates a connection. Haudenosaunee art continuously illustrates relationship­—to lands, to kin and community, plants, histories, and planning for 7 generations into the future. The artists in this exhibit each contribute to our understanding of inspiration—as joy, liberation, resilience, and tenacity, among other motivations.

Behind each artwork in this show is a story about inspiration for the artist’s creation: representation of history, song and dance, the natural world, community mentors, and a vision for the future. In the current moment, as we find new ways to live and reunite with once familiar routines, I invite you to be inspired by the humanity, the ferocity, and the beauty offered up in each artwork. What will inspire you? How will you sustain that connection?

Curated by Gwendolyn Saul, PhD, Curator of Ethnography and Ethnology, these works are on loan from the New York State Museum, Albany.


Related Events

Lunchtime Lecture: Curator Tour of ‘Each One, Inspired’

September 24, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Syracuse University Art Museum, Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Join Gwendolyn Saul, PhD, guest curator of the exhibition Each One, Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands, for a curator’s tour of the newly installed exhibition.

Artist & Curator Talk: Each One, Inspired

October 7, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Newhouse 1, Room 102

Each One, Inspired exhibition curator Gwendolyn Saul, PhD will join exhibiting artist Hayden Haynes (Seneca) for a discussion on the art of antler carving, how Hayden became interested in this medium, and what inspires his work.

Hayden Haynes is a Seneca artist from the Cattaraugus Reservation. He has been carving antlers for over 10 years. Hayden Haynes creates unique antler works ranging from earrings, beads and necklaces to large carvings. He enjoys working with antlers because it gives the antlers of animals that have passed a new life. His aim is to advance the art of antler carving to new and innovative heights. The artist strives to create one of a kind, highly detailed works with meanings rooted in his Iroquois culture. He is currently collaborating on an art project that will become a traveling exhibit, created entirely by Haudenosaunee people, addressing the history of boarding schools and more specifically, the Thomas Indian School that once operated on Seneca lands.

Art Museum Fall Reception

October 7, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Syracuse University Art Museum, Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Join the Art Museum for a reception celebrating the fall exhibitions Each One, Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands, Richard Koppe: American Painting and the New Bauhaus, and the inaugural Art Wall Project featuring contemporary artist Ivan Forde.

Sweetgrass Bookmark Making Workshop

October 16, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
6680 Onondaga Lake Pkwy
Liverpool, New York 13088

Come join us at the Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center for a Sweetgrass Bookmark Making Workshop with Mohawk weaver and basketmaker, Robin Lazore, and her granddaughter, Irae’a. Robin has been weaving baskets for over 40 years, learning this traditional artform from her Tota (Grandmother) and passing it down to her daughters and granddaughters. Robin and Irae’a will be using Black Ash splints and Sweetgrass that they, in large part, themselves harvested. In this workshop you will be learning basic weaving techniques using these materials.

One-hour sessions will be offered at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. Registration required. $25 per kit – 1 kit makes 1 bookmark.
If you or your group would like to make more than one bookmark, you must register for the number of kits needed. Workshops are limited to 10 kits per session

Masks are required for all guests, regardless of vaccination status.

Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center Open House

October 17, noon – 4:00 p.m.
6680 Onondaga Lake Pkwy
Liverpool, New York 13088

The Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center is a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. The history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation and covers topics such as Creation, European Contact, The Great Law of Peace, and more. The Onondagas, or People of the Hills, are the keepers of the Central Fire and are the spiritual and political center of the Haudenosaunee. Skä•noñh, is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning “Peace and Wellness.”

Admission to the center will be free during the open house.

Free transportation to the center from campus provided by the Syracuse University Trolley following the below scheduled:

Depart College Place: On the hour at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Depart the Skӓ·noñh Center: On the half hour at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm

Alf Jacques & Lacrosse

October 17, 1:00 p.m.
6680 Onondaga Lake Pkwy
Liverpool, New York 13088

World-renowned wooden lacrosse stick maker, Alf Jacques, of the Onondaga Turtle Clan, will be presenting on the game of Lacrosse, or Deyhontsigwa’ehs at the Skӓ·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center. In this one-hour program, Alf will explain the significance of Lacrosse to the Haudenosaunee and will discuss the evolution of the game using his extensive collection of sticks, both old and new, from across Turtle Island. Alf will also give a demonstration on his wooden stick making process. Questions and participation will be encouraged!

This event is being sponsored by the Skӓ·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center, Indigenous Values Initiative, American Indian Law Alliance, and the Syracuse University Art Museum in collaboration with their current exhibit: Each One, Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands.

Artist Talk: Ronni-Leigh Goeman

November 3, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Syracuse University Art Museum, Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Each One, Inspired exhibiting artist Ronni-Leigh Goeman (Onondaga) will offer a lunchtime lecture about her artwork on display, as well as show examples of her other basketry work and discuss the various materials including samples of the tree and grass used.

The Good Mind Film Screening & Panel Discussion

November 6, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

“The Good Mind,” an award-winning feature documentary film, is featured on November 6, as a part of an afternoon of programming presented in correlation with the current art museum exhibition “Each One, Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands,” as well as in celebration of Native Heritage Month.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion and a reception at the museum, which will be open until 6pm for visitors to view and enjoy the exhibition.

Sponsored by the Syracuse Univeristy Art Museum, Department of  Religion, and The Indigenous Values Initiative.

Artist Talk: Grant Jonathan

November 16, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
121 Shaffer Art Building

Each One, Inspired artist Grant Jonathan presents on Tuscarora beadwork history and Niagara Falls, how the beading skills are engrained in each family at Tuscarora, and how he acquired his skills as well as built a personal collection of historical works.