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Join us live for a virtual presentation by artist Nyugen E. Smith followed by an audience Q&A.
Nyugen E. Smith (MFA 2016) is a first-generation Caribbean-American (USA, Haiti, Trinidad, and Tobago) interdisciplinary artist based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Through performance, found object sculpture, mixed media drawing, painting, video, photo, and writing, Smith deepens his knowledge of historical and present-day conditions of Black African descendants in the diaspora. Trauma, spiritual practices, language, violence, memory, architecture, landscape, and climate change are primary concerns in his practice.
Smith’s work has been presented at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Museum of Cultural History and the Nordic Black Theatre, Oslo, Norway; Newark Museum, New Jersey; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, among others. Smith is the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Performing and Visual Arts Fund, Franklin Furnace Fund, Dr. Doris Derby Award, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Smith is a lecturer of interdisciplinary art in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Presented in partnership with SAIC Alumni Relations.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
View the Nyugen E. Smith SAIC Flaxman Library Resource Guide for additional information about the artist.