Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

Olivia Robinson

Olivia Robinson

Associate Teaching Professor, Entertainment Technology Center


Olivia Robinson is a multimedia artist whose work spans performance, installation, research, 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.  

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 explored an interest in integrating electronics into sculptural objects and materials. In 2011, Olivia was a founding member of Luminous Intervention, an arts and activism collective based in Baltimore.

She has received awards and honors from the Rubys Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Franklin Furnace Fund, Harpo Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture Space, and Center for Land Use Interpretation.  Her work has been recognized in books, journals, and CD/DVD releases and has been presented at internationally recognized venues.

Olivia was full-time faculty in the Fiber Department at the Maryland Institute College of art from 2010 to 2017, when she moved to Pittsburgh, PA. She now teaches full-time in IDeATe at CMU.