Karen Ann Hoffman is the beadwork student of Samuel Thomas and the late Lorna Hill. She holds a master’s degree in human development with an emphasis on cultural identity, and was just awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her beadwork is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution-NMAI, the Wisconsin State History Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, the Memorial Hall Museum of Deerfield, MA, the New York State Museum, and Chicago’s Field Museum.
An advocate for Native Arts, Karen Ann has curated opportunities to showcase Native art at museums and galleries across Wisconsin. She is a former member of the Wisconsin Arts Board, where she chaired the Wisconsin Woodland Indian Arts Initiative.