Erin Genia

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 in societal instruments that are aligned with the cycles of the natural world and the potential of humanity.

Erin is a graduate student in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology program and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and The Evergreen State College.  Her work has received attention from diverse audiences, and been shown nationally and internationally, recently at the US Pavilion, La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2018, in “Personal Structures -Identities,” at the European Cultural Center, Venice Biennale 2019, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Northwest Art. Erin was awarded the AAF/ Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts in 2018 and received her first public art commission for “Resilience: Anpa O Wicahnpi” from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. She is a 2019 MIT Solve Indigenous Communities fellow and a 2017 First Peoples Fund fellow.


Areas of Interest
American Art, Art and Technology, Civic Participation, Climate Change, Community Development, Digital Fabrication, Environmental Planning and Management, Fine Arts, Heritage Planning, Historic Preservation, International Studies, Land Conservancy, Land Use, Public Art, Social Equity, Sustainability, Water Conservation


- 2010
MPA - Tribal Governance, The Evergreen State College

Academic Experience

2018 -
TA for 4.302 Foundations in Art, Design and Spatial Practices, MIT
2018 -
TA for 4.s32 Culture Fabric: Art, Fashion, Identity, MIT