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Barnard College Names Toyin Ojih Odutola Named Artist-in-Residence

NEW YORK—Nigerian-born artist Toyin Ojih Odutola has been named the second Lida A. Orzeck ’68 artist-in-residence at Barnard College, following dancer Wendy Whelan’s appointment in 2015. The yearlong residency will begin soon before Ojih Odutola opens the exhibition “To Wander Determined” on October 20 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, her first solo presentation at a New York museum. As artist-in-residence, Ojih Odutola will conduct tours of the exhibition for Barnard students and deliver a public lecture on her forthcoming book The Treatment.

Barnard College president Sian Beilock said, “We are honored that Toyin will be a part of the Barnard community for the next year. We are particularly excited that her residency will begin just as her exhibit at the Whitney opens, as this will give students a unique opportunity to take advantage of Barnard’s location in New York City to view Toyin’s work up close and interact with a  rising star in the art world.”

“I’m thrilled to be chosen for this residency, and grateful to Ms. Orzeck for her support of the arts and arts education,” said Ojih Odutola, whose work engages with concepts of race through pen-and-ink drawings. “I came into my own as an artist when I was in college, so I look forward to learning from and with Barnard students as they are developing their artistic voices.” Ojih Odutola received a BA from the University of Alabama in Hunstville and an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

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September 28, 2017