Smooth Ugochukwu C. Nzewi


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Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is the Curator of African Art at the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA.

Born in Nigeria, Nzewi trained as a sculptor under the supervision of El Anatsui at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he earned a B.A. in Fine and Applied Art. He received a postgraduate diploma in the African Program in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and a PhD in Art History from Emory University, Atlanta, USA. In addition to his parallel practices as visual artist, critic, and art historian, Nzewi has curated exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, United States, and Senegal, including most recently:Transitions: Contemporary South African Works on Paper at the High Museum Atlanta, USA in 2009 and Windows Part 1: New Works by Ndary Lo  as part of the fringe exhibitions of the Dakar Biennale in 2012. He is the curator of Dak’Art 2014 with Elise Atangana and Abdelkader Damani.

Nzewi has published book chapters and catalogue essays, as well as articles and exhibition reviews in reputable art journals and magazines, including African Arts , Studio , World Art  and SAVVY.