Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate/ Odawa) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and community organizer specializing in Indigenous arts and culture. Genia’s work in these areas is focused on creating a powerful presence of Indigeneity in the arts, sciences and public realm to invoke an evolution of thought and practice that is aligned with the cycles of the natural world and the potential of humanity.
Genia’s artistic practice merges cultural imperatives, pure expression, and exploration of materiality with the conceptual. Her work has received attention from diverse audiences, and been exhibited nationally and internationally, currently in "Personal Structures - Identities" with the European Cultural Center in the context of the 2019 Venice Art Biennale, the Lithuania Pavilion and US Pavilion at La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2018, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, as well as Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Northwest Art.
Erin has an MS in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT, an MPA in Tribal Governance from the Evergreen State College and studied at Institute of American Indian Arts. Erin was awarded the 2019 MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship and the AAF/ Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts in 2018. She received her first public art commission for “Resilience: Anpa O Wicahnpi” from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and is currently an artist-in-residence at the Urbano Project in Boston.
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