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Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Studio Museum in Harlem’s Wein Prize

The Studio Museum in Harlem is giving its fifty-thousand-dollar Wein Prize to Njideka Akunyili Crosby, according to Randy Kennedy in the New York Times. Established by George Wein, the Newport Jazz Festival’s found, in honor of his late wife, Joyce Alexander Wein, a former museum trustee, the award—which recognizes established or emerging African-American artists—has been given every year since 2006.

Akunyili Crosby is known for paintings that incorporate collage and portray African and American domestic interior spaces. Her work was included in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial and highlighted in a solo show at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

She “truly represents the global nature of the Studio Museum’s mission and reach,” said Thelma Golden, the Studio Museum’s director.