Mikael Owunna

b.1990, American, Nigerian

Languages: English (fluent), French (professional proficiency), Mandarin Chinese (elementary)


EDUCATION    

2018          French Language (Advanced), Middlebury French School | Middlebury, VT, USA

2017          French Language (Intermediate), Middlebury French School | Middlebury, VT, USA

2012          Biomedical Engineering and History (B.S.E), Duke University | Durham, NC, USA


PUBLIC ART

2022         Orange Barrel Media: Anatomy of the Human | Curated by Marques Redd | Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Tampa, FL

2021          Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Playing the Cosmic Strings | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          CAM Raleigh, The Nommo Twins| Raleigh, NC, USA

2021          Cleveland Foundation: Stardust: An Exploration of Black Futures | Curated by Amanda King | Cleveland, OH, USA

2021          Hazelwood Local: Illumin-Ave |Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Orange Barrel Media: Infinite Essence: Celestial Liberation | Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Everyday Café: Infinite Essence | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Pittsburgh Glass Center: Infinite Essence | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Pittsburgh International Airport: Art in the Airport | Pittsburgh, PA, USA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022         Reconstructing the Primordial House, North Carolina Museum of Art | Raleigh, NC, USA

2021          Reconstructing the Primordial House, Iris Project | Los Angeles, CA, USA

2021          Cosmologies, CAM Raleigh | Raleigh, NC, USA

2021          Cosmologies, ClampArt | NewYork City, NY, USA

2021          Infinite Essence, CAM Raleigh | Raleigh, NC, USA

2021          Infinite Essence, Silver Eye Center for Photography | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Infinite Essence, Prizer Arts and Letters | Austin, TX, USA

2019          Infinite Essence, C.A.P. Kobe Studio Y3| Kobe, Japan

2019          Limit(less), Davidson College |Davidson, NC, USA

2018          Limit(less), Wellesley College | Wellesley, MA,USA

2018          Limit(less), Middlebury College | Middlebury, VT,USA

2018          Infinite Essence, Centre Never Apart | Montréal, Canada

2017          Limit(less), Centre Never Apart | Montréal, Canada

2017          Limit(less), Rainbow House Brussels | Brussels, Belgium


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022         The Power of Portraiture: RecentAcquisitions, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University | Durham, NC, USA

2022         Benefit Auction 2022, Silver Eye Center for Photography | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2022         Y’all Don’t Hear Me, EastTennessee State University, Slocumb Gallery | Johnson City, TN, USA

2022         Pittsburgh Paints, Office of the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2022         All that Glitters, Chautauqua Institution | Chautauqua, NY, USA

2022         International Photography Awards: 2021 Winners & Best of Show Exhibition, House of Lucie Budapest | Budapest, Hungary

2022         In A Pot of Hot Soup, Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London | London, United Kingdom

2021          In Relation to Power: Politically Engaged Works from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University | Durham, NC, USA

2021          Art on the Walls, Allegheny Conference on Community Development & Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Gathered Locally, Pittsburgh Glass Center | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Art & Protest: Artists as Agents of Social Change, Middlebury College Museum of Art | Middlebury, VT,USA

2021          Future Past: Photolucida's CriticalMass Top 50 Group Exhibition, Curated by Elizabeth Avedon, Center for Photographic Art | Carmel, CA, USA

2021          Art in the Plague Year, California Museum of Photography | Riverside, CA, USA

2020         Tate Lates, Tate Modern | London, United Kingdom

2020         Yerevan Biennial 2020, Yerevan Biennial | Yerevan, Armenia

2020         Visualizing Social Isolation and Social Injustices through the Davidson College Art Collection: From Pandemic to Protests, Van Every / Smith Galleries| Davidson, NC, USA

2019          Utopian Imagination, Ford Foundation Gallery | New York, NY, USA

2019          Three Rivers Art Festival 2019, Three Rivers Art Festival | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2019          FotoEvidenceBook Award Exhibit, Bronx Documentary Center | Bronx, NY, USA

2019          World Press Photo, World Press Photo Exhibition | Amsterdam, Netherlands

2019          Owning, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2019          The Self, Realized: queering the art of self-portraiture, The Brew House Gallery | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2018          Queering the Gaze: Zanele Muholi & Mikael Owunna, alpha nova & galerie futura | Berlin, Germany

2017          Black(s) to the Future: Festival #2, Petit Bain | Paris, France

2017          BLACK NUANCE SHADE, Blank Canvas Gallery | Toronto, Canada

2016          Massimadi Art Festival,  Massimadi PhotoGallery | Montréal, Canada

2015          I am Atayal (Tayen)! 我是泰雅族 !Changhua County Indigenous Peoples Activity Center | Changhua City, Taiwan

2015          I am Atayal (Tayen)! 我是泰雅族 !Taoyuan County Indigenous Culture Center |

                  Taoyuan, Taiwan

2015          I am Atayal (Tayen)! 我是泰雅族 !Wulai Atayal Museum | New Taipei City, Taiwan

2014          I am Atayal (Tayen)! 我是泰雅族 !Nan’ao Atayal Cultural Museum | Nanao, Taiwan

2014          I am Atayal (Tayen)! 我是泰雅族 !National Taiwan Museum | Taipei, Taiwan


NFT EXHIBITIONS

2022         DISRUPT_, Curated by GlitchOfMind, Cyber_YuYu & Sixela, Het Nieuwe Institute | Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2022         DISRUPT_, Curated by GlitchOfMind, Cyber_YuYu & Sixela, Spatial.Io | Metaverse

2022         SemperNova, Curated Linda Dounia, ZORATOPIA, NFT NYC | New York City, NY, USA

2022         I See Red, Art Fair Philippines 2022 | Manilla, Philippines

2022         Sacred Roots, Art Dubai 2022 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2022         Afrofuturism, Curated by Michael Kwame Brako, PortionApp | Metaverse

2022         Embodiment- A NFT Group Photography Exhibition, Curated by Maya Futrell, NFT Oasis | Metaverse

2021         CryptoBending, Curated by GlitchOfMind, Het Nieuwe Institute | Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2021         CyberBaat, Digital Art Fair Asia 2021 | Hong Kong, China

2021         CyberBaat, Digital Art Fair Asia 2021 | Metaverse

2021         CyberBaat Redux, NFT Oasis | Metaverse

2021         Distorted Realities: Cyber Baat, Jëndalma Art & Design| Dakar, Senegal

2021         Distorted Realities: Cyber Baat, Foundation.app | Metaverse

2021         Artwalk, NFT Oasis | Metaverse


BOOKS & CATALOGUES

2021         Cosmologies, ClampArt New YorkCity, Luminosity Lab

2019         Limitless Africans, Mikael Owunna, FotoEvidence | ISBN: 978-1-7324711-2-2

2018         Flash Forward 2018: Emerging Photographers from Canada and the World, Magenta Foundation | ISBN: 978-1-926856-15-5


FILM

2021          Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), Directed by Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd


FILM SCREENINGS

2022         Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), North Carolina Museum of Art | Raleigh, NC, USA

2022         Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), AlphaLab | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2022         Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), Mariposa Museum & World Cultural Center | Martha’s Vineyard, MA, USA

2022         Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), The Chautauqua Institution | Chautauqua, NY, USA

2022         Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), Kelly Strayhorn Theater | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), The Esalen Institute | Big Sur, CA, USA

2021          Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), CAM Raleigh |Raleigh, NC, USA

2021          Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), Iris Project | LosAngeles, CA, USA

2021          Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), ClampArt | New YorkCity, NY, USA


DOCUMENTARY APPEARANCE

2022         The Photographers – Short Docs Celebrate Black Artists, WQED Pittsburgh, Directed by Ash Warren | Role: Mikael Owunna as self.

2021          LIMITLESS, WQED Pittsburgh, Directed by Ash Warren | Role: Mikael Owunna as self.


FELLOWSHIPS

2018          Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, Middlebury College |Middlebury, VT, USA

2012          Fulbright Scholarship, U.S. Fulbright Commission | Luodong,Taiwan

2009         Rothermere Scholarship, Oxford University | Oxford, UnitedKingdom

2008         Angier B. Duke Scholarship, Duke University | Durham, NC,USA


RESIDENCIES

   2022        The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Artist-in-Residence, Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

   2022        AlphaLab Gear Artist-in-Residence, Innovation Works | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

   2021         Iris Project Residency, Iris Project | Los Angeles, CA, USA

   2021         Idea Furnace, Pittsburgh Glass Center | Pittsburgh, PA, USA


CURATORIAL WORK

   2022         Miracles in Motion, PNC Park: Urban Garden, Curated by Mikael Owunna Studios and The Redd Studio | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

   2022         Art as Liberation: Celebrating Black Art in Pittsburgh, PNC Park: Federal Street, Curated by Mikael Owunna Studios and The Redd Studio, in collaboration with 1HoodMedia, Pittsburgh Pirates | Pittsburgh, PA, USA           

   2021          Art as Liberation: Celebrating Black Art in Pittsburgh, City of Asylum, Curated by Mikael Owunna Studios, in collaboration with 1Hood Media | Pittsburgh, PA,USA


GRANTS

2021          Myth-Science of the Gatekeepers, The Heinz Endowments: Creative Development Awards

2021          Rainbow Serpent Collective, The Pittsburgh Foundation: The Exposure Artists Program

2021          Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), The Heinz Endowments: Small Arts Initiative

2021          Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), The Pittsburgh Foundation: A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund

2020         Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), The Pittsburgh Foundation & The Heinz Endowments: Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh

2019          Infinite Essence, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council: Lift Grant

2019          Limitless Africans, The Pittsburgh Foundation: A.W. Mellon Educational and CharitableTrust Fund

2019          Limitless Africans, The Heinz Endowments: Charitable Trust Fund

2019          Limitless Africans, The Pittsburgh Foundation & The Heinz Endowments: Investing in Professional Artists

2019          Limitless Africans, The Fine Foundation

2019          Limitless Africans, The Opportunity Fund


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (PRINTS)

Centre Never Apart, Montreal, Canada

Davidson College Van Every / Smith Galleries, Davidson, NC

Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, Durham, NC

Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, AL

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

NationalTaiwan Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (MONOGRAPHS)

Duke University Library, Durham, NC

Hennepin County Libraries, Minneapolis, MN

Iowa State University Library, Ames, IA

Metropolitan Museum of Art Library, New York, NY

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Library, Chicago, IL

Umeå University Library, Umeå, Sweden

University of Liverpool Library, Liverpool, United Kingdom

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina Charlotte Library, Charlotte, NC

University of North Carolina Greensboro Library, Greensboro, NC

Wayne State College Library, Wayne, NE


AWARDS

2022         Creative Capital: Shortlist 2022 | New York City, NY, USA

2021          Carol R. Brown Award: Established Artist of the Year, Finalist | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2021          Best in Show Selection, The International Photography Awards | New York City, NY, USA

2021          Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year, The International Photography Awards | New York City, NY, USA

2021          Emmy Nomination for “LIMITLESS” by WQED, Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Awards | Garnet Valley, PA, USA

2021          The Silver List | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2020         Independent Publisher Book Award forGay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction

2019          NPR: Favorite Photos & Illustrations of 2019 |Washington, D.C., USA

2019          Photolucida: Critical Mass Top 50 | Portland, OR, USA

2019          YWCA Racial Justice Award: Creativity and Innovation Award| Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2019          Three Rivers Art Festival: Juror’s Award | Pittsburgh, PA,USA

2019          FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo | Amsterdam,Netherlands

2018          Photolucida: Critical Mass Top 200 | Portland, OR, USA

2018          Review Santa Fe | Santa Fe, NM, USA

2018          Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2018 | Toronto, Canada

2018          CDS Documentary Essay Prize: Finalist | Durham, NC, USA

2018          Robert Giard Fellowship: Finalist | New York, NY, USA

2018          New York Times Portfolio Review | New York, NY, USA

2017          Head On Photo Awards: Best Portrait Semi-finalist | Sydney,Australia


PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMMING

2022         Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Lift Every Voice

2022         Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Origin Stories

2022         Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | School time: Origin Stories

2021         Hazelwood Local, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Illumin-Ave

2021         Everyday Café, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Juneteenth Brunch and Conversation with Larry Ossei-Mensah and Mikael Owunna

2021         Maker’s Clubhouse, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,Art, and Math) Workshop

2021          1Hood Media, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know about Juneteenth


SELECT ARTIST TALKS

2022         Chaffey College, Cucamonga, CA, USA | Black Transfigurations

2022         Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh, PA,USA | Living and Working as an Independent Artist

2022         Grantmakers in the Arts, New York City, NY, USA | Panel: Support for Individual Artists

2022         August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Lit Fridays: Marques Redd and Mikael Owunna with Host Jessica Lanay

2022         Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA,USA | Finding Your Artistic Voice

2022         New York University Institute forPublic Knowledge, New York City, NY, USA | Co-Opting AI: Photography

2022         University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh,PA, USA | Visual Rhetoric: Mikael Owunna

2022         August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | time + space: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Mikael Owunna, Shani Peters

2022         SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, USA |Towards Eternal: Reflections on Black Futurity and Imagining Panel Conversation with Nykelle DeVivo and Mikael Owunna, Moderated by Ra Malika Imhotep

2021          Iris Project Gallery, Venice, CA, USA| Reconstructing the Primordial House: Artist Tour

2021          Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, USA | Artists in Dialogue: Jon Henry and Mikael Owunna

2021          CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, USA | Artist Conversation: Dr. Amanda Maples, Mikael Owunna and Alun Be

2021          California Institute of Technology,Pasadena, CA, USA | Black Transfigurations: Engineering, African Cosmologies & Visual Media

2021          Intersect Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA | Black Transfigurations

2021          Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,Pittsburgh, PA, USA | International Women's Forum: Mikael Owunna & Shantanique Moore in Conversation

2021          Fulbright Prism, Washington, DC, USA | Fulbright Conversations: Mikael Owunna

2021          Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, USA | Cosmologies, the exhibit and the catalogue to make it eternal

2021          California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA, USA | Infinite Essence

2021          Prizer Arts and Letters, Austin, TX, USA | Infinite Essence

2021          Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA | Art and the Transfiguration of Police Violence

2021          Duke University, Durham, NC, USA | Black & LGBTQ+ at Duke - A Journey in Resilience and Progress

2021          SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, USA | In Conversation: Mikael Owunna and Jonathan Calm

2021          Duke University, Durham, NC, USA | Left of Black: Exploring Black Cosmologies Through the Art of Mikael Owunna

2020         Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom | Tate Lates

2020         University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Global Health Equity Lecture Series

2020         Colby College, Waterville, ME, USA | Panel: Disrupting Norms of Representation

2020         Indiana University Bloomington,Bloomington, IN, USA | Indiana Switchgrass

2020         August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Lit Fridays: Mikael Owunna and Jari Bradley with Host Jessica Lanay

2020         SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, USA | SF Camerawork Artist Showcase

2020         Van Every / Smith Galleries, Davidson,NC, USA | Artist Talk with Mikael Owunna, Katyayani Singh, and Shan Kelley

2020         University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | PITT STRIVE

2020         TEDx TrinityCollege, Hartford, CT, USA | Transcending the Body

2020         Fotografiska New York, New York, NY, USA | Limitless Africans : Panel

2019          University of North Carolina - ChapelHill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA | Reimagining the Black & Queer Body

2019          Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, NC, USA | Limitless Africans

2019          Davidson College, Davidson, NC, USA | Limitless Africans

2019          University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, USA | Black in the Middle Symposium

2019          Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, USA | Limitless Africans

2019          Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, USA | Limitless Africans

2019          Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, USA | Limitless Africans

2019          World Press Photo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands | Crisis Ethics: Social Justice in Photography

2019          Black Archives, Amsterdam, the Netherlands | Reimagining the Black Body

2019          Columbia Law School, New York, NY, USA | Speaker: Paul Robeson Conference

2019          University of North Carolina -Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA | Keynote Lecture : Art History Symposium

2019          The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC, USA | Finding Your Artistic Voice

2018          Duke University, Durham, NC, USA | Finding Your Artistic Voice

2018          Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, NC, USA | Guest of Honor : 2018

2018          Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA | Limit(less)

2018          alpha nova & galerie futura, Berlin, Germany | Queering the Gaze

2017          Paris Institute of Political Studies – Reims, Reims, France| Limit(less)

2017          Sune Jonsson Center of Documentary Photography, Umeå, Sweden| Limit(less)

2017          Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, USA | Limit(less)

2017          Centre Never Apart, Montréal, Canada | Limit(less)

2016          American University, Washington, DC USA | Limit(less)

2016          Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA | Limit(less)

2016          World Social Forum 2016, Montréal, Canada | Limit(less)


SELECT ACADEMIC COVERAGE

2023         Freedom Struggles in Urban Appalachia: Resisting Pittsburgh’s Schools, Prisons, and Carcerality, Ed.Juwan Bennett and Christy McGuire, University Press of Kentucky | Forthcoming

2023         Queering Appalachia's Visual History: A Collection of Queer Appalachian Photographers, Ed. Julie RaePowers, University Press of Kentucky | Forthcoming

2023         As We See It – Artists Reshaping Black Identity, Aida Amoako, Laurence King Publishing | Forthcoming

2021         ASAP/ Journal, Vol. 6.2 (May 2021) “New Worlds of Speculation,” John Hopkins University Press | ISSN:2381-4705

2021         Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village, Barbara A. Holmes, CAC Publishing | ISBN: 978-1623050559

2020         Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest, Edited by Terrion L. Williamson, Belt Publishing | ISBN:978-1-948742-69-6


SELECT PRINT MAGAZINES

2021         Aint-Bad Magazine, No. 15 | ISBN: 978-1-944005-48-1

2019         Mindful, Vol. 7, No. 4, October 2019, “Infinite as the Universe” by Amber Tucker | USPS: 010-500

2019         PDN: Photo District News, Vol.XXXIX, Issue 7, September/October 2019, “Celebrating Queerness in the African Diaspora” by Conor Risch | USPS: 549-030


SELECT PRINT NEWSPAPERS

   2022         The Chautauquan Daily. “Undervalued themes, materials focus of ‘All that Glitters’” by Will Karr. Weekend Edition, July 16 & 17, 2022. Pages C5-C6.

2022         Pittsburgh City Paper. “Clothes Make… Mikael Owunna” by Tereneh Idia. Jun 22, 2022. Volume 31, Issue 25.

2020         The Guardian. “Four queer women defying the snow: Mikael Owunna’s best photograph” by Dale Berning Sawa. Aug20, 2020.

2019         Pittsburgh City Paper. “LGBTQ+artists assert their identities for The Self, Realized: Queering the Art of Self-Portraiture” by Amanda Waltz. Jan 9, 2019.


SELECT RADIO

   2022         Saturday Light Brigade Radio. “Interview: Art as Liberation, Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd” by SLB Radio. Jun 11, 2022. (link)

   2022         WESA.“Dance film depicting Igbo creation story makes Pittsburgh premiere” by Bill O’Driscoll. Feb 23, 2022. (link)

   2021          Saturday Light Brigade Radio. “Interview: Mikael Owunna, Illumin-Ave” by SLB Radio.Dec 4, 2021. (link)

   2021         WESA. “Pittsburgh-Based Photographer Plumbs the ‘Infinite Essence’ of Black Bodies” by Bill O’Driscoll. July 15, 2021. (link)

2020         Sveriges Radio. “Mikael Owunnavill skapa nya bilder av svarta kroppar [Mikael Owunna wants to create newimages of black bodies]” by Mina Benaissa. June 10, 2020. (link)


SELECT PODCASTS

2022         CityCast.FM, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | OriginStories: Marques Redd & Mikael Owunna

2021          The Cosmic We with Barbara Holmes and Donny Bryant | Rediscovering Our Origins with Mikael Owunna

2021          Tech Intersect with Tonya M. Evans | #78: Mikael Owunna-Artistic Empowerment through Crypto, Art & Identity

2020         The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh, PA,USA | We Can Be Podcast (S03EP01)


SELECT TV APPEARANCES

2022         WPXI News, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Art as Liberation

2022         WTAE Pittsburgh News, PA, USA | Take a look at Pittsburgh's Juneteenth celebrations

2021          WPXI News, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Unveiling: Playing the Cosmic Strings

2021          CBS Pittsburgh News, Pittsburgh, PA,USA | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Unveiling: Playing the Cosmic Strings

2021          WPGH Fox 53 Pittsburgh News, PA, USA | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Unveiling:Playing the Cosmic Strings

2021          WTAE Pittsburgh News, PA, USA | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Unveiling: Playing the Cosmic Strings

2021          WPXI News, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Art as Liberation: Celebrating Black Art in Pittsburgh

2021          CBS Pittsburgh News, Pittsburgh, PA,USA | Art as Liberation: Celebrating Black Art in Pittsburgh

2021          WPGH Fox 53 Pittsburgh News, PA, USA | Art as Liberation: Celebrating Black Art in Pittsburgh

2021          WTAE Pittsburgh News, PA, USA | Art as Liberation: Celebrating Black Art inPittsburgh


ADDITIONAL MEDIA APPEARANCES

   2022         Youth Express. “Youth Events:Art as Liberation” by Lance Wilhelm and Jules Smalis. Jun 24, 2022. (link)

   2021         The Medicine Shell. “Obi Mbu(The Movie) - Igbo Creation Myth Brought to Life by Dr. Mikael Owunna and Dr. Marques Redd” by Derick Ofodirinwa. Nov 8, 2021. (link)

   2021         1Hood Media. “Art is Liberation:Celebrating Black Art in Pittsburgh” by 1Hood Media. Sept 15, 2021. (link)

   2021         1Hood Media. “What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know | About Juneteenth” by 1Hood Media. June 15, 2021. (link)

   2021         Left of Black. “Exploring Black Cosmologies Through the Art of Mikael Owunna” by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal. Feb 4,2021. (link)

2018          AJ Plus.  “Heavenly Black Bodies” By AJ Plus. June 3, 2018. (link)


PRESS & MEDIA COVERAGE

   2022         TRIBLive. “Pittsburgh picks 4 artists to create art installations in Homewood Park” byJulia Felton. Aug 1, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh City Paper. “Four local artists chosen for public art installations at Homewood Park” by Dontae Washington. July 29, 2022. (link)

   2022         The Chautauquan Daily. “Undervalued themes, materials focus of ‘All that Glitters’” by Will Karr. July 15, 2022. (link)

   2022         DuquesneLight. “Duquesne Light Company's Juneteenth Celebration Filled withActivities around Pittsburgh” by Duquesne Light. June 22, 2022. (link)

   2022         The Day Live.“In a Pot of Hot Soup: A Review of Ground-breaking Creativity of Nigerian artists at Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London” by Charles Gore PhD. June 22, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh City Paper. “Mikael Owunna makes statement with traditional African prints, tattoos” by Tereneh Idia. June 22, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh City Paper. “Art as Liberation showcases Black Pittsburgh artists at PNC Park” by Dontae Washington. June 21, 2022. (link)

   2022         WTAE. “Take a look at Pittsburgh's Juneteenth celebrations” by Kylie Walker. June 20, 2022.(link)

   2022         MLB. “Here's how MLB teams are commemorating Juneteenth” by MLB. June 19, 2022. (link)

   2022         MLB. “Pirates Homestand Highlights -- Friday, June 17-Thursday, June 23” by MLB. June 16,2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh City Paper. “Defining a Pittsburgh artist should not be limited to physical borders” by Tereneh Idia. June 15, 2022. (link)

   2022         Black Pittsburgh. “Art as Liberation” by Black Pittsburgh. June 14, 2022. (link)

   2022         Kidsburgh. “9 family events in Pittsburgh this weekend: movies, concerts, Juneteenth celebrations and more” by Kidsburgh. June 14, 2022. (link)

   2022         NEXT Pittsburgh. “22 things to do this week, from Juneteenth to Pride Millvale to Badass CrossStitch” by Jennifer Baron. June 12, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh City Paper. “Pittsburgh Pirates and 1Hood Media sponsor Juneteenth call for artists” by Dani Janae. May 27, 2022. (link)

   2022         Hyperallergic. “NEA Awards $91 Million to Over 1,200 Arts Organizations” by Elaine Velie. May25, 2022. (link)

   2022         90.5 WESA. “Warhol Museum announces expansion in neighborhood with its new 'Pop District'”by Bill O’Driscoll. May 20, 2022. (link)

   2022         ArtNet. “The Andy Warhol Museum Is Building a $60 Million, Six-Block ‘Pop District’ in an Attempt to Turn Pittsburgh Into a Cultural Hub” by Sarah Cascone. May 20, 2022.(link)

   2022         Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “In $60 million initiative, Andy Warhol Museum plans an art-filled Pop District on the North Side” by Marylynne Pitz. May 20, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “SEEN: Pittsburgh Glass Center open house” by Patricia Sheridan. May 10, 2022. (link)

   2022         Radical Contemporary. “Art Dubai & Digital Futures” by Nour Hassan. Mar 17, 2022. (link)

   2022         NEXT Pittsburgh.“What to do this week, from Hamilton to Nerd Nite to the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge” by Jennifer Baron. Feb 20, 2022. (link)

   2022         SLB Radio.“Interview: Obi Mbu, An Igbo Creation Myth” by SLB Radio. Feb 19, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Diversity a priority in latest Heinz Endowments grants totaling $351,000” by Jeremy Reynolds. Feb 3, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh City Paper. “The Top Events in Pittsburgh for Jan. 27-Feb. 2” by CP Staff. Jan 26, 2022. (link)

   2022         Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Dancers who are raising the bar(re) in 2022” by Sara Bauknecht. Jan 14, 2022. (link)

   2022         Cleveland Foundation. “Stardust: An Exploration of Black Futures” by Sinegugu Gasa. Jan 12, 2022. (link)

   2022         The Latrobe Bulletin. “The winter, Kelly Strayhorn Theater focuses on art and activism”by Latrobe Bulletin. Jan 7, 2022. (link)

   2021          TribLIVE. “Pittsburgh Symphony free program to explore global origin stories” by Shirley McMarlin. Dec 17, 2021. (link)

   2021          Black Pittsburgh. “Mikael Owunna Expands Notions of Blackness” by Naomi Harris. Dec 14, 2021. (link)

   2021          NEXT Pittsburgh.“What to do this week, from the Lawrenceville Cookie Tour to the We Want the Funk Festival” by Jennifer Baron. Dec 5, 2021. (link)

   2021          Pittsburgh City Paper. “Over a month’s worth of holiday events for Pittsburghers of all ages” by Amanda Waltz. Nov 24, 2021. (link)

   2021          LA Weekly.“Pictures of You: Arts Calendar: November 4 -10” by Shana Nys Dambrot. Nov 3,2021. (link)

   2021          PetaPixel. “These are the Winners of the 2021 International Photography Awards” by Anete Lusina. Nov 3, 2021. (link)

   2021          90.5 WESA.“New mural on Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall celebrates music and African culture” by Bill O’Driscoll. Oct 5, 2021. (link)

   2021          The Advocate.“Mikael Owunna Imagines the Cosmos in the Nude Black Body in 6 Works” byChristopher Harrity. Sept 17, 2021. (link)

   2021          Foundation.“Enter Linda Dounia’s Cyber Baat World” by Samantha Ayson. Sept 8, 2021. (link)

   2021          BOMB. “In Some Far-off Place, Many Light Years in Space, I’ll Wait for You: Mikael Owunna Interviewed by Jessica Lanay” by Jessica Lanay. July 19, 2021. (link)                                                                            

   2021          Artnet News.“10 New Murals Will Pop Up Across New York This Summer Thanks to a New Professional Development Initiative for Black Artists” by Taylor Dafoe. June18, 2021. (link)

   2021          Pittsburgh City Paper. “Infinite Essence: Celestial Liberation spreads empowering Black artwork on billboards throughout Pittsburgh” by Amanda Waltz.June 18, 2021. (link)

   2021          featureshoot. “A Public Exhibition Celebrates The Beauty and Transcendence of the Black Body” by Ellyn Kail. June 17, 2021. (link)

   2021          Pittsburgh Magazine. “Celebrate Juneteenth This Weekend With Several Events Happening In Pittsburgh” by Kaitlyn Nuebel. June 17, 2021. (link)

   2021          90.5 WESA. “Black Artists Celebrate Juneteenth in Pittsburgh With An Art Fair” by Bill O’Driscoll. June 17, 2021. (link)

   2021          TribLIVE. “Pittsburgh artist’s billboard art transforms image of Black bodies” by Shirley McMarlin. June 15, 2021. (link)

   2021          Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The art and music of Juneteenth in Pittsburgh” by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 2021. (link)

   2021          NEXT Pittsburgh.“Local artist celebrates Black life on digital billboards for Juneteenth” by Michael Machosky. June 14, 2021. (link)

   2021          NEXT Pittsburgh.“What to do this week in Pittsburgh, from Juneteenth and Pride to Magnificent Motown” by Jennifer Baron. June 13, 2021. (link)

   2021          Pittsburgh City Paper. “Silver Eye Center for Photography opens two new exhibits featuring local and national artists” by Amanda Waltz. May 7, 2021. (link)

   2021          ASAP/Journal,Volume 6, Number 2, May 2021. “Blackness Unbound: An Interview with Mikael Owunna” by Maia Gil’Adí, Justin L. Mann. May 1, 2021. (link)

   2021          Austin Chronicle. “Prizer Arts & Letters: Infinite Essence” by Austin Chronicle. Apr 10, 2021. (link)

2021          LA Weekly. “‘Art in the PlagueYear’ Processes the Experience” by Shana Nys Dambrot. Mar 18, 2021. (link

2021          Artnet. “Hollywood Has the ‘Black List’ for Undiscovered Screenplays. Now, Photography Has a ‘Silver List’ for Up-and-Coming Photographers” by Taylor Dafoe. Feb 15, 2021. (link)

2021          The Tribune Review. “Silver Eye Center for Photography creates list of artists worth watching” by Shirley McMarlin. Feb 15, 2021. (link)

2021          LENSCRATCH. “Art in the PlagueYear” by Aline Smithson. Feb 14, 2021. (link)

2021          Vanity Fair. “Introducing the Inaugural Silver List, Featuring 47 Exciting Contemporary Photographers Whose Work You Just Have to See” by Katey Rich. Feb 11, 2021. (link)

2020         Humble Arts Foundation. “Astro-Black Mythology: in Conversation with Mikael Owunna” by Jon Feinstein. Sept 24, 2020.(link)

2020         The Guardian. “Four queer women defying the snow: Mikael Owunna’s best photograph” by Dale Berning Sawa. Aug 19,2020. (link)

2020         Aperture. “Mikael Owunna’s Photographs Show the Essence of Black Healing” by Amber Hickey and Anney Traymany. June 4, 2020. (link)

2019          NPR. “Favorite Photos And Illustrations Of 2019” by Emily Bogle. Dec 30, 2019.       (link)

2019          Hyperallergic. “Imagining Utopia, Just Over the Horizon” by Seph Rodney. Dec 4, 2019. (link)

2019          The Guardian. “Queer continent:Mikael Owunna’s Limitless Africans – in pictures” by The Guardian. Nov 12,2019. (link)

2019          NPR. “‘Un-African’? Photos Challenge Notions Of LGBTQ Identity In The African Diaspora” by Isabella Gomez Sarmiento. Nov 2, 2019. (link)

2019          GARAGE Magazine. “‘Imagining a Utopian Future” by Nadja Sayej. Oct 20, 2019. (link)

2019          VICE. “‘Limitless Africans’ Is a Stunning Snapshot of LGBTQ African Immigrant Lives” by Jonathan Feinstein. Oct 11, 2019. (link)

2019          CNN. “Candid portraits explore the lives of LGBTQ African migrants” by Mikael Owunna. Oct 10, 2019. (link)

2019          Cheese Konbini. “Rencontre: la communauté LGBTQ+ de la diaspora africaine immortalisée par Mikael Owunna” by Lise Lanot. Oct 1, 2019. (link)

2019          British Journal of Photography.“Our pick of books and exhibitions arriving in October” by British Journal ofPhotography. Oct 1, 2019. (link)

2019          Photo District News. “New Photo Book Celebrates Queerness in the African Diaspora” by Conor Risch. Sept 16, 2019. (link)

2019          Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Two foundations award $169,000 in grants to 15 local artists” by Marlynne Pitz. Jun 12, 2019. (link)

2019          Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Neue Fotografie: Bilder queerer, afrikanischer Menschen von Mikael Owunna” by Simon Sales Prado. Apr 23, 2019. (link)

2019          Colossal.“Black Bodies Painted and Photographed Like the Cosmos by Mikael Owunna” by Andrew Lasane. Apr 7, 2019. (link)

2019          Art Critique. “Changing the narrative: Mikael Owunna’s ‘Infinite Essence’” by Katherine Keener. Mar 18, 2019. (link)

2019          BuzzFeed. “10 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View of the World” by Gabriel H. Sanchez and Kate Bubacz. Mar 9, 2019. (link)

2019          NPR.“‘Every Black Person Deserves To See Themselves This Way” by Becky Harlan. Mar 3, 2019. (link)

2019          Format Magazine. “20 Fine Art Photographers Redefining the Medium” by Jill Blackmore Evans. Feb 28, 2019. (link)

2019          WESA: Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station.  “Exhibit Showcases Self-Portraits By LGBTQ Artists” By Bill O’Driscoll. Jan 9, 2019. (link)

2019          Pittsburgh City Paper.  “LGBTQ+ artists assert their identities for The Self, Realized: Queering the Art of Self-Portraiture” By Amanda Waltz. Jan 9, 2019. (link)

2018          The New York Times.  “Drawing a Portrait of L.G.B.T.Q Life” By Mikael Owunna. June 16, 2018. (link)

2018          The New York Times.  “Pride and Self-Love in the L.G.B.T.Q AfricanDiaspora” By Jake Naughton. Mar 19, 2018. (link)

2018          AFROPUNK.  “Queer and Trans African Women Are Celebrated in this Photo Series for Women’s History Month” By Eye Candy. Mar 6, 2018. (link)

2018          Okay Africa.  “This Photo Series Is a Much-Needed Counter to Violent Images of the Black Body” By Antoinette Isama. Jan 18, 2018. (link)

2017          AFROPUNK.  “‘Beautiful photo series explores the connections between the black body, the universe and the eternal” By Eye Candy. Dec 28, 2017. (link)

2017          Teen Vogue.  “‘Limit(less)’ LGBTQ African Immigrants Photo Series Reframes Identity” By Lexie Bean. Oct 12, 2017. (link)

2017          Artsy.  “Photographers Who Have Captured LGBTQ Life in the African Diaspora” By Yelena Keller. Aug 16, 2017. (link)

2017          TÊTU. “Cette série photo célèbre l’alliance vibrante des identités queer et africaines” By TÊTU. Aug 4, 2017. (link)

2017          BuzzFeed.  “8 Incredible Photo Stories You Absolutely Can’t Miss” By BuzzFeed. June 23, 2017. (link)

2017          The Root.  “Limit(less) Reminds Us that Africans Can Be Queer, Too, and Debunks Stereotypes” By Preston Mitchum. June 23, 2017. (link)

2017          Konbini.  “‘Limit(less)’: Mikael Owunna Captures LGBTQ Africans In This Powerful Series” By Daniel Orubo. June 19, 2017.(link)

2017          Les inRockuptibles.  “Mikael Owunna shoote les looks émancipateurs de la diaspora africaine LGBTQ” By Hélène Brunet-Rivaillon. June 18, 2017. (link)

2017          PBS Newshour.  “How one photographer is challenging the myth that being LGBTQ is ‘un-African’” By Kamaria Roberts. June 9, 2017. (link)

2017           Sveriges Radio.  “Bristen på HBTQ-förebilderska förändras i fotoprojektet Limitless” By Sveriges Radio. May 31, 2017. (link)

2017          Yagg. “Mikael Owunna, photographe: «Je travaille à capturer des images positives et émancipatrices des personnes LGBTQ africaines»” By Xavier Héraud. May30, 2017. (link)

2017          76 Crimes.  “Photos’ goal: Prove that being LGBTQ isn’t ‘un-African’” By Colin Stewart. May 29, 2017. (link)

2017          SBS.  “A photographer’s portraits of queer Africans using fashion to reclaim their culture” By SBS. May 27, 2017. (link)

2017          Griot. “Mikael Owunna’s Limit(less) project debunks the idea that being LGBTQ is Un-African” By Theophilus KwesiImani. May 27, 2017. (link)

2017          GOOD.  “A Photographer Captures LGBTQ Africans Around The Globe” By GOOD. May 26, 2017. (link)

2017          Gay Times.  “How this artist is debunking the myth that it is ‘un-African’ to be LGBT+” By Lewis Corner. May 23, 2017. (link)

2017          New Now Next.  “Nigerian Photographer Dispels the Myth That Being LGBT is ‘un-African’” By Jesse Steinbach. May 22, 2017. (link)

2017          AJ Plus.  “Is being queer un-African?” By AJ Plus. May 19, 2017. (link)

2017          Mashable.  “Stunning photo series celebrates the complex identity of LGBTQ Africans” By Katie Dupere. May 19, 2017. (link)

2017           Huffington Post.  “Stunning Photos Debunk the Myth That Queerness is ‘un-African’” By Priscilla Frank. May 16, 2017. (link)

2017          The Daily Beast.  “Limit(less): Moving Portraits of LGBTQ African Immigrants” By The Daily Beast. May 16, 2017. (link)

2017          AFROPUNK.  “The styles and stories of LGBTQ African immigrants get highlighted in #LimitlessAfricans photo-documentary project” By AFROPUNK. May 15, 2017. (link)

2017          NPR.  “Picturing Queer Africans in the Diaspora” By Leah Donnella. May 12, 2017. (link)

2017          Cassius Life.  “This Artist is Showing the World What LGBTQ+African Immigrants Look Like” By Barbara Gonzalez. May 10, 2017. (link)

2017          Upworthy. “13 gorgeous photos reveal what it’s like to be LGBTQ and African.” By Erin Canty. May 9, 2017. (link)

2017          Quartz.  “A photographer’s portraits of queer Africans using fashion to reclaim their culture.” By Lynsey Chutel. Apr 25, 2017. (link)

2017          BuzzFeed.  “This Stunning Photo Series Is HighlightingThe Experiences Of LGBT African Immigrants” By Sarah Karlan. Mar 6, 2017. (link)

2017          Never Apart.  “Mikael Owunna: Reaching Beyond Limits” By Mikela Jay. Feb 17, 2017. (link)

2017          Design Indaba.  “Limit(less) by Mikael Owunna: LGBTQ style in the African diaspora” By Lindsay Samson. Feb 14, 2017. (link)

2017          Okay Africa.  “The Limit(less) Project Explores Black Love Beyond the Norm with 4 Queer African Women” By Antoinette Isama. Feb 9, 2017. (link)

2016          i-D.  “An Ambitious Documentary Photo Project Traces LGBTQ Africans in the Diaspora” By Jacqueline Lara. Dec 14, 2016. (link)

2016          POSTURE Magazine.  “This Photographer Bridges the Gap Between LGBTQ and African Identities” By Winter Mendelson. Nov 16, 2016. (link)

2016          The Advocate.  “LGBT Africans Maintain Their Identity Through Style” By Advocate.com Editors. Sept 22, 2016. (link)

2016          SWERV Magazine.  “Limit(less): A Photographic Celebration of LGBTQ Africans” By Clarence J. Fulker. Sept 19, 2016. (link)

2016          AFROPUNK.  “Photographer Mikael Owunna Celebrates African LGBTQ Immigrants in new LIMIT(LESS) PhotoProject” By Eye Candy. Sept 14,2016. (link)

2016          A.Z. Mag. “Mikael Owunna Is Showing the World That LGBT Africans Are Limitless” By Christania DM. Aug19, 2016. (link)

2016          SverigesRadio. “Mikael vill gen y bild av afrikanska HBTQ-personer (Mikael wants to give a new image to LGBTQ Africans)” By Sveriges Radio. Aug 3, 2016. (link)

2016          queer.de. “So queer ist Afrika!” By queer.de. May 1, 2016. (link)

2016          Huffington Post. “This Photo Project Is Redefining What It Means to Be African and LGBTQ.” By Jaimee A. Swift. April 27,2016. (link)

2016          Duke Magazine. “Alumni newsmakers.” By Duke Magazine. March 14, 2016. (link)

2015          PBS. “LGBTQ Africans express identity in ‘Limit(less)’ ways.” By Aisha Jama. August 28, 2015. (link)

2015          Okay Africa. Limit(less): A Groundbreaking New Photo Project on LGBTQ African Style.” By Jennifer Sefa-Boakye. July 2, 2015. (link)

2014          Taipei Times. “Exhibit shows Atayal children’s empowerment by art.” By Taipei Times Staff Writer. July 11, 2014. (link)

2014         Taiwanese Indigenous TV. “‘I am Atayal (Tayen)!’ Student photography creates exhibition.” (“我是泰雅族" 學童攝影.創作辦展.”) By Takiyu. July 9, 2014. (link)

2014         Sun Travel. “TaiwanMuseum, ‘I am Atayal (Tayen)!’ Exhibition.” (“臺博館「我是泰雅族!」特展.”) By Wu Guihua. July 8, 2014. (link)

2014           CNA. “I am Atayal (Tayen)!” (“我是泰雅族!”) By CNA Staff Writer. July 8, 2014. (link)

2014         Taiwan Wake Up Newspaper. “I am Atayal (Tayen)! Aboriginals study themselves.” (“我是泰雅族! 原民學習定位自己.”) By Fang Jiamen. July 7, 2014. (link)

2014         Taiwan Ministry of Culture. “Taiwan Museum displays special exhibit ‘I am Atayal (Tayen)!’ ” (“臺博館展出「我是泰雅族!」特展.”) By Taiwan Ministry of Culture Staff Writer. July 7, 2014. (link)

2014         World People News. “‘I am Atayal (Tayen)!’ Taiwan Musuem Special Exhibit .” (“「我是泰雅族 !」特展 臺博館展出.”) By Mary Yan Yan Chan. June 17, 2014 (link)

2014          This Is Africa. “Limit(less) Africans: chronicling the lives of LGBTQ African immigrants in America.” By Atane Ofiaja. February 11, 2014 (link)