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Jude Anogwih Presents MFA Thesis Exhibition

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Jude Anogwih’s artwork hanging in the large picture window of the UA Gallery on Greensboro Ave. in Tuscaloosa.

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to announce The Wall is a Given, a final thesis exhibition presented by Jude Anogwih to fulfill the requirements of the MFA degree. The exhibition will run April 3-24, 2020, in The University of Alabama Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. The exhibition will be documented and presented in an online exhibition at a future date at art.ua.edu.

Jude Anogwih’s mixed media works, while grounded in the vibrant, gesture of color, have an inescapable three-dimensional component. He makes marks on unstretched, gessoed canvases and on found objects with duct tape, graphite, charcoal, pastel and acrylic. Anogwih explains, “I am concerned with painting as a structure of accumulation…of metaphors, forms, marks, and found objects. This is not dissimilar to memories, embedded on walls of old building or family photo albums, and constructed spectacles such as the favelas in Brazil.”

“With varied media, including duct tape,” Anogwih said, “I spin around an amalgam of dreams, intentions and experiences in sequences that are structurally layered in unpredictable new stories. I strive on a constant basis in my artistic research to conceive ideas that merge lived experiences, my imaginations and the realities of general life to a point of convergence.”

Anogwih’s work has been shown internationally and nationally in many exhibitions including Videonale (Lagos, Nigeria); Biennale Jogja XII (Yogyakarta, Indonesia); “Shifting Africa,”Mediation Biennale (Poznan, Poland); Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos to Johannesburg, Gund Gallery (Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio); Analogue Eye-Video Art AfricaNational Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa); Jardim Canadá Centro de Arte (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil); 5th International Festival of Video Art, FIVAC 2013 (Camagüey, Cuba); Imagined Communities, Golden Thread Gallery (Northern Ireland). He was selected as a Goethe-Institut Moving Africa Participant at Salon Urbain de Douala and he won a Goethe-Institut Fellowship to dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, among other awards. He is a founding member and co-coordinator of Video Art Network Lagos.

The University of Alabama Gallery is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 35401.  For more information about this exhibition and all our programs, call (205) 345-3038.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.