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Visual arts scholar to deliver lecture and showcase works

February 27, 2009

Visual arts writer and scholar, Senam Okudzeto, will visit Loyola University New Orleans to present a lecture, “Personal, Social, Cultural Economies or Capitalism and Schizophrenia,” on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:55 p.m., in Miller Hall, Room 114, on Loyola’s main campus.

Her installation, “Library of a Con-Artist in the Language of Self Help,” will be on display in the lobby of St. Mary’s Hall, located on the corner of Broadway and Dominican streets, on Loyola’s Broadway campus March 3-5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. On March 5, at 5 p.m., there will be a reception to meet the artist at St. Mary’s Hall. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

Okudzeto is a transnational artist, writer and scholar. Having spent her childhood living in Ghana, Nigeria, and in the United Kingdom, she now spends her time between projects in Switzerland, London, New York and Ghana.

Recent projects include a solo show at PS1 MoMA “Portes-Oranges” (2007), the Dak’Art Bienalle in Senegal (2006), “Africa Remix” at the Centre Pompidou (2005) and “Freestyle” at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001).

Okudzeto presently serves on the editorial board of the College Art Association's Art Journal, is a member of the artists’ collective Tropical Goth and the founder of Art in Social Structures, an international nongovernmental organization that provides educational initiatives and social development projects in Ghana through funding provided by artists.

She has taught in schools and universities in Europe, the United States and West Africa and has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2000-01 artist’s residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, a Pollock Krasner award in 2002 and the 2002 Stiftung Laurenz Haus residency in Basel, Switzerland.

Okudzeto received a bachelor’s degree from the Slade School of Fine Art-University College London and a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art. She continued post-graduate study at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In 2003-04, she was awarded a research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.

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