An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

Gina Adams, MFA

Assistant Professor of Visual Art, Naropa University
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Gina Adams is is a practicing artist and Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She will lead an intimate artist talk in the Spencer Museum's galleries, surrounded by examples of her art work in our permanent collection. Gina will share personal stories about her grandfather's time at the Carlisle Boarding School, delving into how his educational experiences continues to shape her Native identity and artistic practice, as well as her own thoughts and observations about modern assimilation practices that Native students experience today. 

Gina's artistic work focuses on revisiting history, connecting with her ancestors, and sharing family stories, including ones involving her grandfather’s time at the Carlisle Boarding School. Her cross-media, hybrid studio practice includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing, and textiles. Gina’s work is part of the permanent collections of the North American Native Museum (Zurich, Switzerland), the Great Plains Museum (Lincoln, NE), the Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, KS), and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM). She has also exhibited extensively including exhibitions at the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Nerman Museum (Overland Park, KS), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), and the Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, ME), among others. Adams is of Ojibwe, Lakota, Irish, and Lithuanian descent. 

Examples of Gina's work in the permanent collection of the Spencer Museum of Art


MFA, University of Kansas
BFA, Maine College of Art

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

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Spencer Museum of Art
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Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

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