National Black Arts Festival honors KSU art professor

  Atlanta-based national arts fest recognizes sculptor’s career achievements KENNESAW,…

Georgia (Jul 19, 2011)


Atlanta-based national arts fest recognizes sculptor’s career achievements

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 19, 2011) — The National Black Arts Festival presented sculptor and Kennesaw State University art professor Ayokunle Odeleye  its Mid-Career Artist Award, acknowledging the body of work he has created during 38 years as a professional artist and arts educator.

Odeleye received the award at an inaugural awards event during the 2011 annual NBAF in Atlanta.  He was selected for the honor following a popular vote conducted online at Black Art in America.   

The event, titled "Interpretations: Black Visual Art – Past, Present and Future," celebrated the centennial of renowned artist Romare Bearden's birth. “Interpretations” honors artists who have paved the way, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Thornton Dial, David Driskell, Samella Lewis, Richard Mayhew and Betye Saar; recognizes artists who are currently engaged in provocative work; and introduces emerging artists with fresh perspectives.

Odeleye, who has taught sculpture at KSU since 1989, is the owner, primary designer and fabricator of Odeleye Sculpture Studios in Stone Mountain, Ga. The studios specialize in creating large-scale sculptures for public spaces in a variety of media.
In November 2012, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta will honor Odeleye with a retrospective exhibition of drawings, photographs and models of his work highlighting 33 years of excellence in producing public art works for cities across the U.S.

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