Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice follows various strands, merging cultural imperatives, pure expression, and exploration of materiality, with a response to past, present, and future matters. Erin is concerned with creating a powerful presence of Indigeneity in the arts and sciences to invoke an evolution of thought and practice that is aligned with the cycles of the natural world and the potential of humanity.
Erin has a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and The Evergreen State College. Her work has received attention from diverse audiences, and been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at "Personal Structures - Identities" in the context of the 2019 Venice Art Biennale, the Swamp Pavilion, Lithuania Pavilion, La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2018, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Weisner Gallery. Erin was awarded the 2019 MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize, 2nd place and the AAF/ Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts. 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 Urbano Project in Boston.