Odili Donald Odita

Odili Donald Odita

Odili Donald Odita is a Professor in Painting, Drawing & Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University since 2006; from 2003-2005, Odita was a Visiting Critic in Painting at Yale University School of Art; from 2000-2006, Odita was an Associate Professor in Painting at the Florida State University, Tallahassee; from 2002-2003, Odita was a Visiting Associate Professor in Painting at the University of South Florida, Tampa. During the 1990’s, Odita was a critic for Flash Art International, and a consulting editor and writer for NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art.

 Odita has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.  This includes the 52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr (2007); DAK’ART 2004, the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art in the Diaspora section curated by Ivo Mosquita; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (2010); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008); the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (2007); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, where Odita’s installation, Equalizer was the inaugural exhibition for their Project Space (2007). Group exhibitions include Prospect.4, the US Biennial in New Orleans (2017-2018); In Context: Africans in America, at the Goodman Gallery and the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, at The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2015); The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction, at the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska (2012); ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2011); The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010); and Wallworks, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2009).  

Odita has completed wall painting commissions for the Newark Museum (2017); Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina (2016); Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2016); Ezra Stiles College, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (2015); George C. Young Federal Building and US Courthouse, Olando (2013); the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art (2012); the New-York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2012); the US Mission to the UN, New York (2010); and Butler College, Princeton University (2009).  Odita’s work is included in Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting (2011), and Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years in 200 Pivotal Artworks (2011), both published by Phaidon Press books. 

Awards received include Membership at the National Academy Museum & School, New York (2017); The Janet Sloane Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York (2014) ; a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (2007); The Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Grant in Amsterdam for African Artists (2004); a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2001); an ArtsLink Collaborative Projects Award (2000); and a Penny McCall Foundation Grant (1994).

Odita received an MFA from Bennington College, Vermont (1990), and a BFA (with Distinction, Excellence in the Arts Award) from the Ohio State University (1988). 

Odili Donald Odita is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.