Erin Genia is a conceptual artist whose practice follows two primary strands, merging a cultural imperative with a response to contemporary concerns. One strand explores perceptions of reality through two and three- dimensional media. The second, foundational strand, involves propagating Dakota art forms in order to contribute to the field of knowledge on the Indigenous art canon from an Indigenous person’s perspective. As a community organizer and a cultural worker, she seeks solutions through the creative process that extend beyond material considerations.

Erin 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 the Red Cloud Heritage Center in South Dakota and the Washington State History Museum’s “In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit,” where her piece, “Dakota in the Pacific Northwest” won the Honoring Innovation prize. Erin received her first public art commission for “Resilience: Anpa O Wicahnpi” from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. She is a 2017 First Peoples Fund fellow.