Dyani White Hawk. Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Dyani White Hawk, artist and frequent Mia partner, wins “genius” grant

Dyani White Hawk, a Sičáŋǧu Lakota artist in Minnesota, has been named a MacArthur Fellow, one of just 20 this year. The so-called “genius” fellowship honors innovation across the arts and sciences with an $800,000, no-strings-attached grant.

White Hawk has collaborated with Mia on numerous projects over the years, notably the “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” exhibition in 2019. You can find her work, among other places, in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and Mia.

Here, in a video produced by the MacArthur Foundation, she explains the influence of Indigenous artistic traditions on modern and contemporary art.