Profile: Janiva Ellis

Janiva Ellis is an American painter based in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA.  Ellis often makes figurative paintings that explore the African-American female experience.   Born in Oakland, California, Ellis moved to Hawaii at the age of 7, moving back and forth between the islands of Kauai and Oahu. Raised solely by her white mother, in a state with a very small black population, Ellis … Continue reading Profile: Janiva Ellis

Profile: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College in May 2019. She is also the recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and has received a number of awards and grants, including the Prix Canson, 2016; Next Generation honor, New Museum, 2015; Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015; and the James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2014, among others. She was an Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2011–2012.
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