In its annual list of leading global thinkers, Foreign Policy named artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby '04, citing her work that appeared in New York's New Museum Triennial "Surround Audience": "For Akunyili Crosby, mixing forms and merging styles is about bridging the complexities of the old world and the new, between her native home in Nigeria and her adopted one in the United States."
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This is just the latest recognition for Akunyili Crosby, who also was recently awarded the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Wein Prize, which recognizes emerging or established African American artists. She “truly represents the global nature of the Studio Museum’s mission and reach,” said Thelma Golden, the Studio Museum’s director.
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A solo exhibition of her work is currently on display at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles through Jan. 10, 2016.
Akunyili Crosby graduated from Swarthmore in 2004, where she majored in art and biology. She later completed a post-baccalaureate certificate at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. In 2014, she won the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize.