Gina Adams | 303-245-4605



BA in Visual Arts - Instructor


MFA University of Kansas
BFA Maine College of Art

From the heart

The students at Naropa have honest approach to life and to Visual Art practices. I have found that they truly create from their heart, and when nurtured to continue to do so, they flourish. 


  • 2015-2016 Smithsonian Artists Fellow


  • 2015
    Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.
    Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS.
  • 2014
    North American Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland.
    Great Plains Museum, Lincoln, NE.
    Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS.
  • 2013
    Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

Recent publications/exhibitions


  • 2016
    Solo, Its Honor Is Here Pledged, Intro by Lucy Lippard, Ava Gallery and Exhibition Center, Lebanon, NH.

  • 2015
    Survival/Zhaabwiiwin, Kemper at the Crossroads, Kansas City, MO.
    Solo, Its Honor Is Here Pledged, Intro by Lucy Lippard, Nerman Museum, Overland Park, Kansas.
    Land, Art, Horizons, with Michael Belmore, Will Wilson and Wally Dion, North American Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland.

  • 2013
    Solo, Survival/Zhaabwiiwin, Bemis Foundation Regional Juried Exhibition, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE.

Gallery Representation

  • 2003-2015
    Pierogi Flat Files, Pierogi Gallery, Williamsburg, NY.


  • 2013
    Survival/Zhaabwiiwin, Published Thesis, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
  • 2011
    Contributing Writer, Lost At E Minor Blog,

Creative activity

  • 2016
    Establishing Ownership: The Image of the Indigenous American, Panel Participant with Melanie Yazzie, Jaune Quick to See Smith organized by Elizabeth Klimek, College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  • 2015
    Lecture at Solo Opening, Its Honor Is Here Pledged, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS.
    Presenter, Map Making and Path Finding, Curated by Melanie Yazzie, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Courses taught

  • Naropa: Intro to Drawing, Advanced Studio Practice, Contemplative Ceramics, Sculpture, Portfolio Class
  • At CU: Foundations 1010
  • At Haskell Indian Nations University: Ceramics 1& 2, Painting 1 & 2
  • At University of Kansas: Painting 1, Painting I-IV, Fundamentals in Painting and Drawing
  • Workshops taught in Printmaking, Encaustic Painting, and Creating Strong Bodies of Work
  • The Spiritual in Abstract Art

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Vitamin D - a fantastic contemporary drawing overview
Joseph Campbell The Power of Myth

Describe a moment when you helped a student reach an “ah ha” or transformational moment.

I was working with a student who was creating breathtaking drawings that were light in value and she did not know what to do next. She did not want to lose what she had already created. I handed her a roll of transparent paper and suggested that she create multiple drawings and layer them over each two short months she has created a very strong group of drawings, and this process has also helped her to create a strong group of paintings. 

What's next?

As a Smithsonian Artist's Fellow I am excited to spend a month from mid-May to mid-June doing research in the Smithsonian museums. This will be followed by a two month artist'sms residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.