Nyugen E. Smith

Jersey City, New Jersey

About Nyugen E. Smith

Nyugen E. Smith is a first generation Caribbean-American interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Jersey City, NJ. His work is informed by the conflation of African cultural and spiritual practices and the remnants of colonialism in the African diaspora. He holds a BA from Seton Hall University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has conducted public programs, visiting artist lectures, and panel discussions at institutions including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Cooper Union, New York; Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA; and Mana Contemporary, Chicago. Nyugen was a 2016 recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Performing and Visual Arts Fund and is a 2018 Franklin Furnace Fund awardee.

Program Participation

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2018

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Responding to the legacy of European colonial rule in the African diaspora, my work considers imperialist practices of oppression, violence, and intergenerational trauma. I am interested in ritual and sacred practice rooted in African spiritual systems and how they are employed as coping mechanisms and tools for collective empowerment.”