Erin Genia: Anpa O Wicahnpi, Morning Star

Anpa O Wicahnpi, Morningstar - Dakota Pride Banner. Erin Genia, 2017. Used with permission of the artist.

Erin Genia, SMACT’19, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, is one of the First Peoples Fund‘s 2017 Artists in Business Leadership Fellows.

Since its founding in 1995, the First People’s Fund has worked to honor and support the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers, specifically through grantmaking initiatives, leadership opportunities, fellowships, and grants.

Working in both two- and three-dimensional mediums, Genia creates mixed media sculpture, jewelry, pottery, paintings, prints, and more. She also uses her artistic talent and the creative process to foster community-building work.

Genia’s first public work, Anpa O Wicahnpi, Morningstar, was commissioned by the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Created as a 35-foot banner, this installation is on display in a covered walkway near the International Fountain until the end of this calendar year. One of Genia’s goals with this work was that it would serve as a reminder to embrace the commonalities of our shared humanity, as well as our differences.