Elisa Harkins
artist and composer


Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) composer and artist originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work deals with the concept of “Performing Life”, in which the performance intersects with her actual lived experience. Tackling subjects such as adoption, enrollment, and the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Harkins uses electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. She has exhibited her work at documenta 14, The Hammer Museum, The Broad Museum, SBC Gallery, MOCA North Miami, and the MCA Chicago. Harkins is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe.

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