National Black Arts Festival Honors Sculptor Ayokunle Odeleye with Mid-Career Artist Award


The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) honored Atlanta based sculptor Ayokunle Odeleye with its Mid-Career Artist Award at the inaugural visual arts award event 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, recognizes artists who are currently engaged in provocative work, and introduces emerging artists with fresh perspectives. The first "Interpretations" pays 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 thirty-eight 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 from Atlanta to Alaska, many of which have historic significance.

In November of 2012, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta will honor Ayokunle with a retrospective exhibition of drawings, photographs and models of his work highlighting thirty-three 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. Ayokunle Odeleye was selected by popular vote conducted online at Black Art In America.

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