Meet Grant Recipients
LOLA AYISHA OGBARA (cultural worker/ artist) born and raised in Chicago, Illinois holds many talents under her belt, i.e. design, mixed media, sculpture, photography and installation. “My practice explores the multifaceted implications and ramifications of sexuality in regards to the Black experience. I work with clay as a material in order to emphasize a necessary fragility which symbolizes an essential contradiction implicit in empowerments”. Ogbara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago in 2013 and a MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University Sam Fox School of Art & Design.
In 2017, Ogbara co-founded Artists in the Room, a collective of artists and scholars who host artists, emerging and well-known, in hopes of serving as a catalyst for artist development and networking. Ogbara has also received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Multicultural Fellowship sponsored by the NCECA 52nd Annual Conference and the Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Residency at the University of Chicago.
Ogbara has exhibited in galleries across the country. She is currently based in Chicago, Illinois.
Image: Lola Ayisha Ogbara, If You Cant Be Free, Be a Mystery, (2021). Glazed Ceramic Stoneware. Dimensions 22”x7”x10”
Unyimeabasi Udoh is an artist, graphic designer, and co-founder of Plates: An experimental journal of art and culture. Their practice centers on legibility, meaning, and how systems of communication and knowledge are built and maintained. Udoh holds an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Architecture from Columbia University. They have been a fellow and artist in residence at the Driehaus Museum, Chicago Artists Coalition, and ACRE. In 2021, they were named one of Newcity's Breakout Artists.
Image: Unyimeabasi Udoh, Idle Hands (Grace Rose) (2021). Mirror privacy film and inkjet print on transparency. Dimensions 24” diameter (25.25” framed).
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