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Call for papers: 2023 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium

Proposal deadline: December 4, 2022

The 2023 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium, sponsored by the Nasher Sculpture Center, is now accepting applications. The symposium’s goal is to advance knowledge of contemporary sculpture in all of its forms. Submissions should address themes related to the work of the 2023 Nasher Prize Laureate Senga Nengudi.

The Nengudi Prize Graduate Symposium will be held online from January 17–20, 2023, and is available to graduate students from all around the world who are studying in any discipline. The multi-day symposium will be attended by a large group of art historians and museum professionals, and participants will have the opportunity to get input from other speakers, the moderator, the keynote speaker, and audience members.

This year’s symposium will be moderated by Dr. Lauren Cross, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas. Students selected to participate will have their papers published in the annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium Compendium, together with a paper delivered by the keynote speaker, Kellie Jones, Hans Hofmann Professor of Modern Art at Columbia University.

Suggested topics for the 2023 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium
Sculpture and the body
Gender and race

Complete proposals must include the following
–Contact information, participant’s field and university affiliation, and CV
–Paper title and abstract of no more than 200 words, and 3 to 5 keywords

Proposals are due by Sunday, December 4, 2022.

In April 2023, during Nasher Prize Month, the annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium Compendium will be released. Students who are chosen to participate will have their papers included in it.

Send submissions and questions to symposium [​at​]

About Senga Nengudi, 2023 Nasher Prize Laureate
Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois; she lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nengudi’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions organized by Henry Moore Institute (2018); the Baltimore Museum of Art (2018); Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2018); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2017); and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2017), as well as her recent retrospective, Topologies, which originated at the Lenbachhaus, Munich in 2019 and traveled to Denver Art Museum, Denver (2020); Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (2020); and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2021). Her work has been prominently featured in international biennials including the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and the 54th Carnegie International (2007).

Nengudi was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020 and has been a recipient of Denver Art Museum Key Award (2019); Women’s Caucus For Art Lifetime Achievement Award (2010); and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2005). Her works are held in institutional collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and Jerusalem Museum of Art, Jerusalem.
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