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1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

2016 Finalist

Toyin Ojih Odutola

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s portraits drawn in ballpoint pen, charcoal, pastel, pencil, and marker examine identity, race, and social concepts of skin color in American society. Her work explores skin as a topography revealing time, place, memory, and an ever-changing identity. Ojih Odutola’s work also draws upon her personal history as a woman born in Nigeria who moved to the United States at a young age. Her drawings have been featured in numerous museum exhibitions including shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Menil Collection in Houston.