Posting Date: July 15, 2011

National Black Arts Festival honors sculptor Ayokunle Odeleye

Odeleye receives Mid-Career Artist Award


KSU Professor of Art Ayokunle Odeleye

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) honored Kennesaw State University Professor of Art and Atlanta based sculptor Ayokunle Odeleye with its Mid-Career Artist Award on July 14 in Atlanta at its inaugural Visual Arts Gala entitled "Interpretations: Black Visual Art – Past, Present and Future."

Celebrating the centennial of Romare Bearden's birth, “Interpretations” honors artists who have paved the way and recognizes artists who are currently engaged in provocative work and introduces emerging artists with fresh perspectives.

The first "Interpretations" also paid tribute to six master artists -- Elizabeth Catlett, Thornton Dial, David Driskell, Samella Lewis, Richard Mayhew and Betye Saar.

Ayokunle Odeleye has been working as a professional sculptor and arts educator for the past 38 years. He is the owner and primary designer and fabricator of Odeleye Sculpture Studios in Stone Mountain, Georgia. This studio specializes in the creation of large-scale sculptures for public spaces in a variety of media. He has created sculptures for cities across the United States, many of which have historic significance.

In November of 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 the field of public art.

NBAF Mid-Career Artist Award nominees included Fred Ajanogha, Malaika Favorite, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Amalia Amaki, Toby Martin, Anthony Liggins, Curtis Patterson, Wendy Phillips, Sheila Pree and Omar Thompson. Odeleye was selected by popular vote conducted online at Black Art In America.

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