Saturday 4 May 2013

El Anatsui’s student, Nzewi is the new curator of a U.S. museum

One of El Anatsui’s students, Ugochukwu Smooth Nzewi, currently in the U.S., was few days ago announced as the curator of the African section of The Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire.
Ugochukwu Smooth Nzewi
Nzewi, according to the museum, is the first curator of the African Art section of the museum. His responsibility includes: documentation, preservation, research and development of the museum’s African art collection.

Ugochukwu trained as a sculptor at the University of Nigeria where he graduated in second-class (upper credit) and emerged as the over-all best graduating student in the 1999/2000 session. He is a multi-talented artist who finds creative expression through sculpture, conceptual art, painting, installation, music, poetry and culture activism.

He is a member of The Pan-African Circle of Artists, The Visual Orchestra, The Art Republic and Congress for Cultural Action in West Africa. He has participated in several art activities both locally and internationally which include exhibitions, workshops, conferences etc. Presently, he is the coordinator of The Art Republic among other numerous engagements.
 He holds a Ph.D in Art History from Emory University, U.S.. In addition to his international exhibitions, artists' residencies and workshops in Africa, Europe and the United States.

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