Dyani White Hawk was born on October 31, 1976, in Madison, WI, where she grew up. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minneapolis. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
In 2015 she received the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Regional Artist Fellowship, and in 2019, the Jerome Hill and USA Artist Fellowships. White Hawk combines her use of traditional Lakota mediums (such as porcupine quills or beads) and geometric patterns in her canvases to conceive intricate mixed media works.
Support for White Hawk’s work includes the 2020 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize, 2019 United States Artists Fellowship in Visual Art, 2019 Eiteljorg Fellowship for Contemporary Art, 2019 Jerome Hill Artists Fellowship, 2019 Forecast for Public Art Mid-Career Development Grant, 2018 Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, 2017 and 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowships and 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
She has participated in residencies in Australia, Russia, and Germany. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC; Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; and Aktá Lakota Museum, St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD, among other public and private collections.