Figurative Painter and daughter of late Dora Akunyili, Njideka Akunyili Crosby i
34-year-old Los Angeles-based Figurative Painter and daughter of late Dora Akunyili, Njideka Akunyili Crosby is among the 24 winners of the 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
Typically awarded to around 20 American artists, academics, writers, and scientists each year, the grant is given to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” according to the foundation.
Each each will receive a $625,000 award from the foundation “as an investment in their potential,” paid out over five years with no strings attached.
Crosby’s solo exhibition at the Tang Museum in upstate New York opens this week (October 14–December 31); the Baltimore Museum will present a suite of new paintings on October 25.