Maria (Bunny) Huffman

Maria (Bunny) Huffman

Maria (Bunny) Pierce Huffman is a member of the Board of Directors (Ex Officio) and the Director of Acequia Madre House™, the former home of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo family. An illustrator and cultural historian whose work has been featured in New Mexico Magazine and been exhibited at St. John’s College and the NM Museum of Art, Bunny is a graduate of Georgetown University in Languages and Linguistics and attended the Sorbonne.

Her illustrations have been exhibited at the NM Museum of Art. For 16 years, her murals and design work were part of the changing exhibits at the living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas. She has written cultural history books for children for the Museum of New Mexico Press, and created illustrations for Pomegranate and the Huntington Library Press. As Director of Acequia Madre House™ she is responsible for its administration and has been working with the Paloheimo family’s personal papers and photographs since 2002. 

Her “Day of the Dead” designs for Pomegranate Press appear in books, cards, on fabric and are sold internationally. She has written and illustrated art and cultural history books for children for the Museum of New Mexico Press, and created illustrations for the Huntington Library Press. While living in Bangkok, Thailand, she designed cards and other paper products for a well known silk company and local charities. From 1990-2006, she helped to create, curate and design the changing exhibits at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Bunny grew up living abroad and traveled extensively during her early married life, living in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia as well as many places in the United States.  She has resided in New Mexico since 1973, living in Alamogordo before coming to Santa Fe in 1985. Bunny first came to New Mexico in the late 1950s.

Bunny has become the acknowledged Acequia Madre House™ family historian. She has shared her knowledge with historians, archivists, museums mounting exhibitions and professional organizations, to create an awareness of the three women’s participation in the creation of art, the study of the region’s ethno-botany, the preservation of folk history and culture, native languages and architecture by founding museums and using their own talents with a practical approach, and a sense of purpose.