Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore, Art Professor

Professor of Art

Raised in Nsukka, Nigeria, Nnenna Okore’s largely abstract works are inspired by textures, colors, and landscapes of her milieu. Her work, by virtue of these influences, celebrates the transformation of discarded materials into cultural objects, forms, and spaces and brings a critical focus to bear on the consumption and recycling cultures in parts of Nigeria. Her materials include newspapers, wax, cloth, rope, clay, and sticks and she applies various repetitive and labor-intensive techniques, like weaving, twisting, sewing, dyeing, waxing, and rolling, which were learned by watching villagers perform everyday tasks. These processes accentuate colors, textures and other visceral qualities of her sculptures.

Professor Okore is a recipient of the 2012–2013 Fulbright Scholar Award, among others, and has been shown in numerous prestigious galleries and museums across the globe. Explore more of Professor Okore's work.


  • MFA, Sculpture, University of Iowa
  • MA, Sculpture, University of Iowa
  • BA, Painting, University of Nigeria