Keynote speaker Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons will cap off three days of scholarly presentations and discussions as part of the Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium, focused on the work of 2025 Nasher Prize Laureate Otobong Nkanga. Campos-Pons is an artist and Professor of Fine Arts, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts, Drawing, Performance, Installation at Vanderbilt University. She was curator of Otobong Nkanga: Gently Basking in Debris, an exhibition at the Frist Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium–dedicated to the work of Nkanga and open to graduate students from around the world, studying in any field–will take place virtually from February 27–March 1, 2024. The multi-day event will address a broad audience of art historians and museum professionals, allowing symposium participants to receive feedback from fellow presenters, the moderator, the keynote speaker, and audience members. This year’s symposium will be moderated by Trey Burns, artist and writer, co-founder of Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, and Professor of Art at University of North Texas. Students selected to participate will have their papers published in the annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium Compendium, released in April 2025 including a paper delivered by a keynote speaker.
Suggested topics for the work of Nasher Prize Laureate Otobong Nkanga
–Extraction of natural resources
–Materials and the senses
Preference will be given to those submissions that focus on the work of Otobong Nkanga.
Complete proposals must include the following
–Contact information, participant’s field and university affiliation, and CV
–Paper title and abstract of no more than 200 words, and 3 to 5 keywords
Proposals are due by Sunday, January 21, 2024.
Send submissions and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium: February 27–March 1, online