'Gina Adams: Inherited Heartbeats' by Lucy Lippard 

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Johnson County Community College

Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly

On view until June 2, 2019
Reception: 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019

Art on Paper
Renee Stout  &  Merritt Johnson with Judy Pfaff and Gina Adams

March 7 - 10, 2019  I  Pier 36 I  299 South Street  I  Booth 907 | Downtown Manhattan

Art Basel Miami: how this year's fair aims to increase diversity

The Guardian — December 4, 2018

Ritual Insider/Ritual Outsider: Gina Adams on art & the archive

The Chart — October 2018

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

New York Times — October 17, 2018

Join us at Minus Space on Sunday Oct 21 at 1pm for a Conversation
with Jami Powell, Curator of Native American Art Art, Hood Museum
& exhibiting artists Gina Adams and Maria Hupfield

Please RSVP for Artist Talk to info@accolagriefen.com 


Monarchs exhibit follows 3,000 mile butterfly journey with 35 Indigenous artists

Indian Country Today — September 14, 2018

Photo by Benjamin Yazza

Photo by Benjamin Yazza



Blanket Statements, Works by 3 Native American and First Nations Women Artists Opens Tonight

September 8, 2018




Group Exhibition at Minus Space — Brooklyn, NY

Works by Gina Adams, Maria Hupfield, & Marie Watt



Quilter pour sa cause

Les artistes expriment leur vision du Monde, leurs convictions, leurs obsessions. Les quilteuses contemporaines savent utiliser le tissu pour faire connaître ce qui leur importe. Gina Adams est l’une d’elles.



MODA Exhibition: Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism

Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism.


Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly is curated by Risa Puleo and organized by Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, where it was first presented December 7, 2017–February 24, 2018. The accompanying catalogue is supported, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Sandra Fossum, and Watie White.


21st Century Cyphers

May 12 – July 14, 2018

21st Century Cyphers is a group exhibition about the phenomenon of language in the technological age. It brings together visual artists who use both written and spoken language structures in their work through translation, abbreviated means of communication such as symbols and glyphs, and visually coded ways of conveying information. Using a variety of processes that include painting, sculpture, digital and new media, installation and sound, the works on view in this exhibition highlight language itself as a diverse medium to be explored, dissected and reframed to reflect the nuances of communication in the 21st century.

Gina Adams,  Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago 1848 Broken Treaty Quilt  (detail), 2018, hand cut calico letters and cotton thread on antique quilt, 85 x 80 inches

Gina Adams, Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago 1848 Broken Treaty Quilt (detail), 2018, hand cut calico letters and cotton thread on antique quilt, 85 x 80 inches

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Installation view of Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Photo by Daniel Bock and courtesy of MOCA.

April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018



"The exhibition is intersectional: there is not just one type of message or technique. It’s important to draw attention to the wide array of issues and celebrations currently in America. The exhibition does this fearlessly by forcing people to think differently about their own expectations of quilts."


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"[Gina] Adams highlights the troubled American history between indigenous people and the colonizers. The text, each letter a different bright color against a manila ground, is visually striking and, once the context is realized, draws a line from 1677 to the present and the recent protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation over the Dakota Access Pipeline."


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Photo by  Jillian Steinhauer  for Hyperallergic

Photo by Jillian Steinhauer for Hyperallergic


"Fittingly, Adams’s quilts hang in a line in a hallway-turned-gallery, suggesting movement through both space and time. Their clashing patterns make the text hard to read — a fitting state for treaties that were almost always broken, amended, or ignored by the US. Standing before and among them in the gallery makes you think about the land under your feet, and the people from whom it was stolen."


Artists: Gina Adams, Nancy Cohen, Louise Kramer, Judy Pfaff & Renee Stout

December 5–10, 2017
VIP Preview, Tues. Dec. 5 from 5:30–10pm

The CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion
One Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street | Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & McArthur Causeways

Building on their ongoing program, Accola Griefen will highlight important American women and Native American women artists in their booth at CONTEXT MIAMI in 2017.


Portland Museum of Art 2018 Biennial

January 26–June 3, 2018

7 Congress Square Portland, ME

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GINA ADAMS work on view at St. John University Art Gallery in

Diamonds, Rings and Courts: Sport Is More Than a Game

curated by Yulia Tikhonova I through November 17, 2017

Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery I Sun Yat Sen Hall, St. John's University

8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439 I Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

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GINA ADAMS is a descendant of both indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans. Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay, 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; Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS 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 YorkerHyperallergic and the Huffington Post. Among other upcoming exhibitions and projects, in 2018 Adams will participate in the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency program and the Dartmouth College Artist in Residence Program.

Download Essay by Lucy Lippard on Gina Adams' recent work

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