Olivia Robinson is a multimedia artist whose work spans installation, research, performance, and community engagement. Robinson’s diverse body of work, which ranges in scale from hand-built textile circuits to architectural-scale inflatable structures, investigates issues of justice, identity, community, and transformation. She has received awards and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Franklin Furnace Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, Sculpture Space, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Her work has been presented at internationally recognized venues including SIGGRAPH, Boston CyberArts Festival, and the American Land Museum and has been recognized in numerous books, journals, and CD/DVD releases.
Olivia received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she majored in Fiber Art with a focus on inflatable sculpture, experimental costuming, and performance. She co-founded the performance troupe Little Big Bang which performed at the American Visionary Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Mermaid Parade, and the WPA/Corcoran Museum. She also worked in the Community Arts Partnerships office during its first four years. Robinson holds an MFA in Electronic Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she studied under legendary composer/performer Pauline Oliveros, for whom she currently serves as board member for the Deep Listening Institute.
Olivia has led lectures, conferences, workshops, and college-level courses at universities and colleges including Carnegie Melon University, York University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design, New York University, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Syracuse University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. The innovative artworks resulting from her classes have been featured in museum exhibitions and acclaimed by the New York Times.
Robinson lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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