Gina Adams’ cross-media studio work includes the reclamation of treaty-era quilts combined with text of broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes as well as work in sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. She is a descendant of both Indigenous (Ojibwe /Lakota; not enrolled) and colonial (Irish /Lithuanian) Americans. In 2015 art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction to her solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, which launched her art career with the Broken Treaty Quilts Series. In 2017, Adams was included in Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, curated by Risa Puleo, which traveled to six museums including the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art. In 2019 Adams had solo exhibitions at the CU Art Museum, Boulder CO and Edgewood College, Madison, WI. Between 2020 and 2021 her work has been on view at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Hood Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Toledo Art Museum, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Tang Teaching Museum, and The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, among other venues. Adams has also been selected for such prestigious awards and fellowships as the SARF Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Dartmouth College Artist-in-Residence program (solo exhibit and catalog) and the Kohler Arts Industry/Residency.
Adams’ work is included in private and public collections including The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; The Portland Art Museum, Portland, ME; The Tang Teaching Museum; Saratoga Springs, NY; The Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH; The Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; Emprise Bank, Wichita, KS; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MI; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; Great Plains Museum, Lincoln, NE; the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM and North American Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland. In recent years Adams' work has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Huffington Post and Art Newspaper among others.
Gina Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay, and 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. She currently holds a tenure track Assistant Professor position at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Adams is represented by Accola Griefen Fine Art.