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The Visiting Artists Program resource guides contain upcoming speakers' biographies, articles, video and audio content, related publications in the Flaxman Library, and additional online resources. These guides may be used in the classroom in preparation for the event, research, or post-lecture discussion.

Nyugen E. Smith: Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. CT
Click here to join via Zoom, Passcode: SAICVAP (closed captions available)

Join us live for a virtual presentation by artist Nyugen E. Smith followed by an audience Q&A.


Image of Nyugen E. SmithNyugen E. Smith (MFA 2016) is a first-generation Caribbean-American (USA, Haiti, Trinidad, and Tobago) interdisciplinary artist based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Through performance, found object sculpture, mixed media drawing, painting, video, photo, and writing, Smith deepens his knowledge of historical and present-day conditions of Black African descendants in the diaspora. Trauma, spiritual practices, language, violence, memory, architecture, landscape, and climate change are primary concerns in his practice.

Smith’s work has been presented at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Museum of Cultural History and the Nordic Black Theatre, Oslo, Norway; Newark Museum, New Jersey; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, among others. Smith is the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Performing and Visual Arts Fund, Franklin Furnace Fund, Dr. Doris Derby Award, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Smith is a lecturer of interdisciplinary art in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Presented in partnership with SAIC Alumni Relations.

Image credit: Nyugen E. Smith. Courtesy of the Artist.

Nyugen Smith’s Website


The Revolutionary Potential of a ‘Caribbean Future’
Monica Uszerowicz | Frieze Magazine | October 27, 2019

Artist of the World: Jersey City’s Nyugen Smith pays homage to those who came before
Tara Ryazansky | Hudson Reporter | June 5, 2019

‘One State to Another’: Performance in Harlem Delves into Masquerade Tradition at Carnival
Shirley Nwangwa | ARTnews | June 28, 2018

In Pursuit of a Dream
Bob Gilbert | Seton Hall Magazine | January 20, 2017




Indigo Arts Alliance Virtual Residency: May 15 – June 22, 2020 

Wassaic Project Artist in Residence: Summer 2018

Nyugen Smith on Vimeo

Exhibition brochure: In the Words, In the Bones at Boston Center for the Arts
This exhibition addresses inherited identities as grounded in language and in the body, and considers them from the perspective of postcolonial and postcommunist subjectivities. 

Visiting Artists Program Lecture Recordings from the Archive
SAIC Visiting Artists Program video and audio lecture recordings (1977–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.  

SAIC Digital Collections: Visiting Artists Program
SAIC Visiting Artists Program publicity archive and audio recordings (1977-98).