Gina Adams is a descendant of both indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans. Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay area, and then her adolescent and early adult years in Maine. Her formal education includes a BFA from the Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on Visual Art, Curatorial Practice and Critical Theory.
Adam's cross-media, hybrid studio work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing and large scale quilts which combine the reuse of antique quilts which she restructures to include words from broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes. Adams draws on cultural practices passed down from her ancestors as well as from family history of forced assimilation.
Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and resides in many public and private collections including Portland Museum of Art; University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; Emprise Bank, Wichita, KS; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MI; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; North American Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Great Plains Museum, Lincoln, NE; and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
The noted international art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction on Adams’ work for her 2015 solo exhibit, Its Honor Is Here Pledged, at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. In 2016 she was the SARF Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and had Its Honor Is Hereby Pledged exhibition in Boulder Colorado at Naropa University’s White Cube Gallery where she is a member of the faculty in Visual Arts. In the summer of 2017, Gina presented and exhibited at the American Indian Workshop Conference at Goldsmiths College, University of London, England which will be followed by an exhibition at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art titled Monarch’s curated by Risa Puleo. In the last year Adams' work has been featured in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Hyperallergic and the Huffington Post. Among other exhibitions and projects, in 2018 Adams participated in the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency program and the Dartmouth College Artist in Residence Program.