Nyugen E. Smith
Nyugen E. Smith is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. In his practice, he responds to the legacy of European colonial rule in the African diaspora. His work considers imperialist practices of oppression, violence, and intergenerational trauma and the deployment of ritual and sacred practice rooted in African spiritual systems as tools for collective empowerment and coping mechanisms. Smith has conducted public programs, visiting artist lectures and panel discussions at institutions including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Awards include Leonore Annenberg Performing and Visual Arts Fund, Franklin Furnace Fund, Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Recent exhibitions include Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Fla.; Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway; Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Calif.; Nordic Black Theater in Oslo, Norway; Children's Museum of Manhattan in New York.
M.F.A. Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.A. Fine Arts, Seton Hall University