Manuela Well-Off-Man

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Manuela Well-Off-Man is an art historian and chief curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She has more than 15 years of curatorial experience in museums and galleries. Well-Off-Man previously served as curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and as curator of art at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She was born and raised in Eastern Westphalia, Germany. She came to Montana to work as an intern for the Art Museum of Missoula in Missoula, Montana and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, and to extend her knowledge of contemporary Native American art. During her internship at the Art Museum of Missoula she conducted a meeting of Indian artists on the Rocky Boy Reservation when she met her future husband, John Well-Off-Man.

Manuela Well-Off-Man has authored exhibition catalogues, designed and supervised the organization and installation of art exhibits. She has a background in preparing international art exhibits. In 1999 she curated an exhibition of contemporary American Indian art for the Westphalian State Museum of Natural History in Münster, Germany. She also translated catalogue texts and other texts from German into English for the Museum of Natural History in Münster.

Manuela worked for the youth photo project "Photography, An Image of Each Other" as independent curator, catalogue author, and grant writer.

Manuela Well-Off-Man received a Ph.D. degree in Art History from the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany in 1997. She graduated from University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany with and M.A. degree in Art History, Archaeology, and Pedagogy in 1994. She earned am Intermediate/B.A. degree in Art History, Archaeology, and Pedagogy at the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany in 1990.


PUBLICATIONS:

  • A Closer View: Emmi Whitehorse's Outset Launching Progression, in: C Magazine, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2016
  • Celebrating the American Spirit, Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, catalog essays on paintings by Lyonel Feininger, Oscar Bluemner, Charles Demuth, Joseph Stella, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Romare Bearden, David Smith, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Sheeler, Hudson Hills Press, Manchester, Vermont, 2011
  • George Longfish: A Retrospective, exhibition catalog foreword, MMAC, Missoula, MT, 2007
  • Contemporary Native American Art - Reflections After Lewis & Clark, exhibition catalog text and layout, MMAC, Missoula, MT 2005
  • Interview with Corwin Clairmont, in: Corwin Clairmont. Halfway Between Here and There, exhibition catalog published by The Art Museum of Missoula, Missoula MT 2002, ISBN #0-9720003-9
  • Photogaphy, An Image of Each Other. A Cross Cultural Youth Program, catalogue published by Images on Paper, Missoula, Montana, 2001
  • Indian Reality Today. Contemporary Indian Art of North America, exhibition catalgue, edited by Alfred Hendricks, Westphalian State Museum of Natural History, Münster, Germany, 1999, ISBN #3-932959-12-4
  • Contemporary Native American paintings, in: Magazin für Amerikanistik, Wyk auf Foehr, Germany, edition 4/4 1998 and 1/1 1999
  • Artist biographies and bibliographies, in: "Expresionismo Aleman", Gran Canaria, 1995
  • PUBLIC LECTURES:

  • George Longfish – A Retrospective, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT, 09/16/08
  • Abstract Expressionism – Innovation and Traditions, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 05/22/08
  • Nature in Native American Art from the 19th century to the present, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 01/24/08
  • Late Pop Art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 02/15/07
  • Postmodernism in Contemporary Art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 01/04/07
  • Contemporary Native American Art, Montana Art Education Association conference, Lubrecht Forest, Missoula, MT, 10/20/06
  • Art History of Photography, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 10/12/06
  • Lewis & Clark Among the Native Americans, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 05/05/06
  • The Curving Line of the Horizon: Henry Meloy’s Landscape, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 08/11/05
  • Profile of a Generous Collector: Gilbert Millikan, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 08/11/05
  • Native American Traditions in Contemporary Native American Art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 06/22/05
  • Representing Identity in Native American Art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 06/08/05
  • Humor in Native American Art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT, 05/25/05
  • EXHIBITIONS:

  • Indian Reality Today – Contemporary Indian Art of North America (traveling exhibition, catalog, co-curated with Dr. Alfred Hendricks, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, mixed media works), 09/99 - 04/00
  • Contemporary Prints from the Collection: The 1970 (prints by Warhol, Ruscha, Blake, Caulfield, Motherwell and others), 05/02 – 07/02
  • George Gogas: A Retrospective(traveling exhibition, catalog, paintings by George Gogas), 08/02 –09/02
  • Henry Meloy - Centennial (paintings by Henry Meloy), 12/02 – 02/03
  • Centennial and Bicentennial: Lewis and Clark in Perspective (exhibit, brochure in conjunction with symposium A Confluence of Cultures: Native Americans and the Expedition of Lewis and Clark, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures), 05/03 – 09/03
  • Jeneese Hilton: Yielding Lines(paintings by Blackfeet artist Jeneese Hilton), 09/03 – 11/03
  • Bauhaus Connection (ceramics by Peter Voulkos, Rudy Autio and Frances Senska, brochure), 11/03 – 03/04
  • Henry Meloy – The Female Form (paintings, drawings by Henry Meloy), 04/04 – 05/04
  • Charles Fritz. An Artist With the Corps of Discovery. The Lewis & Clark Journal Suite (traveling exhibit, catalog, paintings by Charles Fritz),05/04 – 09/04
  • Preservation & Conservation – A Documentary. Conservation of Works from the Collection (paintings, prints from the permanent collection),09/04 – 10/04
  • The Best of The West Art Auction Preview (paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, auction catalog), 10/04
  • Lee Nye. Transitions in the Nude: 1955 – 1999 (black and white photographs by Lee Nye, brochure), 11/04 – 01/05
  • Images of Leisure: Works from the Fra Dana Collection (paintings by Alfred Maurer, William Merritt Chase, Joseph Henry Sharp and Fra Dana, memorabilia), 02/05 – 03/05
  • Contemporary Native American Art – Reflections After Lewis & Clark (traveling exhibit, catalog, paintings, prints, photographs sculptures by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jim Denomie, Lillian Pitt, Duane Slick, Maxx Stevens and others), 04/05 – 06/05
  • Millikan Faces – Meloy Places (paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures from the Millikan and Meloy collections), 07/05 – 08/05
  • The Beauty in Her… Paintings by Dirk Lee (paintings and drawings by Dirk Lee), 10/05 – 12/05
  • Creatures from the Permanent Collection (paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures), 11/05 – 12/05
  • David Sally, R.B. Kitaj & Peter Blake (co-curated by Prof. Valerie Hedquist) and Prints of the 1970s from the Permanent Collection, 03/06 – 04/06
  • Landscapes along the Lewis & Clark Trail (paintings and prints from the permanent collection), 05/06 – 08/06
  • Watershed Stories (photographs, in conjunction with the Milltown Dam removal) and
  • Rephotographing Atget: Christopher Rauschenberg (photographs by Christopher Rauschenberg), 09/06 – 10/06
  • Children of the Permanent Collection; Children’s Art from the Community (paintings from the permanent collection and artworks by students from Lowell Elementary School), 11/06 – 12/06
  • The Collector’s Art (paintings, prints, mixed media works by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Ruscha, Rosenquist and others)40 Years of Campus Art Awards (paintings, prints, ceramics, mixed media works, sculptures), 01/07 – 03/07
  • George Longfish: A Retrospective (traveling exhibit, catalog, mixed media paintings by George Longfish), 03/07 - 04/07
  • Marilyn Bruya: A Retrospective (paintings by Marilyn Bruya), 04/07 – 06/07
  • Henry Meloy: The Portraits (traveling exhibit, paintings and drawings by Henry Meloy), 07/07 – 09/07
  • Richard Buswell: Traces – Montana’s Frontier Re-visited (black and white photographs by Richard Buswell)and
  • Mike Catlin, Butte: The 1970s (black and white photographs by Mike Catlin), 09/07 – 10/07
  • Everyday Objects in Art: Works from the Permanent Collection (sculptures, mixed media objects), 10/07 – 12/07
  • Miracles and Myths: Mapping the World from 1572 to 1921 (historic maps, mapping instruments), 03/08 – 04/08
  • The Poindexter Collection (paintings by Willem deKooning, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn and others), 05/08 – 08/08
  • Weaving Cultures…Highlights of the Helen Cappadocia Collection of Southeast Asian Textiles (textiles by Hmong and Thai Lao ethnic groups) and
  • notions… Steven Young Lee (ceramics by Steven Young Lee), 09/08 – 10/08
  • Montana Modernists: Robert DeWeese and His Legacy (paintings, prints and sculptures) and
  • Henry Meloy and His Horses (paintings, drawings and ceramics by Henry Meloy), 11/08 – 12/08

  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH:

  • 01/15: Juror, National Museum of Women in the Arts - Arkansas State Committee
  • 10/14: Juror, Heart of America Artists Association’s Illinois River Salon
  • 09/14: Presenter, Faces of History: Charles Bird King’s Portrait of Ridge teacher professional development, Crystal Bridges
  • 09/14: Juror, Arkansas League of Artists Annual Art Show, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, AR
  • 06/14: Juror, River Valley Invitational Art Show, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AR
  • 07/13: Juror, River Valley Invitational Art Show, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AR
  • 07/12: Juror, 2012 Juried Art Competition, South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, AR
  • 07/10: Juror, Bountiful Arkansas Art Exhibition, Winthrop Rockefeller Institution, Petit Jean Mountain, AR
  • 06/10: Juror, ArtsFest, Bentonville, AR
  • 04/10-present: Juror, Congressional Art Competition for high school students
  • 08/06 – 08/08: Juror, Art Exhibition, River City Roots Festival, Missoula, MT

  • photo catalogue photo catalogue Indian Reality Today


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    Manuela also translates texts from English into German and from German into English for museums, art galleries, businesses and private individuals for 1 Euro ($1,33) per line (ca. 65 characters/line). She has more than five years experience in translating English/ German texts and correspondence. If you are looking for a professional and accurate English/German or German/English translation service please contact me at:

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