Professor of Philosophy and sculptor Dr. Stefanie Rocknak

Hartwick’s Rocknak is Finalist in National Memorial Design Competition

February 6, 2018

Hartwick College Professor of Philosophy and sculptor Dr. Stefanie Rocknak is a finalist in a competition to design the new National Native American Veterans Memorial planned for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Rocknak was one of five finalists selected from 120 international submissions.

Finalists will present their designs at a public forum being held tomorrow at the musem. The designers will each have 15 minutes to introduce themselves, explain why they entered the competition, and share their initial concept-design drawings.

The presentations will be webcast live on Wednesday, February 7 — Rocknak’s presentation should begin around 2:15 p.m. — and can be viewed at

“I’m deeply honored and very excited to be selected as one of the semi-finalists for this project,” said Rocknak. “I think that a monument honoring Native American veterans is long overdue.”

After a second stage of design submittals, the winning concept will be announced on July 4, 2018. The memorial will be formally dedicated on Veterans Day (November 11), 2020.

Rocknak is no stranger to design competitions. In 2014, she won an international competition sponsored by The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston. Her vision of Poe, which reflects his “conflicted relationship with the city,” now stands as a 5’8,” 1,000-pound bronze sculpture in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood.

The National Native American Veterans Memorial will honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans. It was established by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and will be located on the museum grounds, adjacent to the Mall.

For more information on the National Native American Veterans Memorial, visit its website.