Tonja Torgerson grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. She moved to the Minneapolis area at sixteen to attend the Perpich Center for Arts Education and later received a BFA from the University of Minnesota. Her artwork is included the collections of the Weisman Art Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She also received a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for her residency in New York Mills, Minnesota and more recently she was an artist in residence on Fogo Island in Newfoundland. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in printmaking at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.