Olu Oguibe

2000 Vera List Center Fellow
Olu Oguibe is an artist, critic, curator, and scholar living in Rockville, Connecticut.

Programs and projects
Represent'n: African-American Artists at the Millennium

Oguibe is a Professor at the Institute for African American Studies and the in the Departments of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches studio practices and art theory. He graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian at the University of Nigeria in 1986, and received his Ph.D. in the history of contemporary art from the University of London in 1992. Since then he has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Goldsmiths College, both of the University of London, as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of South Florida where he held the Stuart Golding Endowed Chair in African art.

Oguibe has published several books and articles on art, among them The Culture Game (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) and Uzo Egonu: An African Artist in the West (1995). In addition he has organized art exhibitions for major museums and galleries including the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London and the municipal museum of Mexico City. His own art has also been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Oguibe was a senior fellow of the Smithsonian Institution in 2006, and a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy in 1999. His hobbies include music, architectural and industrial design, and collecting articles of modern design, 19th century Connecticut mantle clocks, as well as classic British sports cars. (Biography as of 2006)