AUSTIN, Texas—The National Art Education Association (NAEA) has selected Dr. Christopher Adejumo, associate professor of visual art studies in the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Art and Art History, as the recipient of the 2004 J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. Award.
The award recognizes an outstanding NAEA member who has brought distinction to the field of art education through an exceptional and continuous record of achievement, which has significantly affected multiethnic communities. The NAEA will present Dr. Adejumo with the award in April at the association’s national convention in Denver.
Adejumo received his bachelor of fine arts from the University of Benin in his native Nigeria in 1983. After coming to the United States, he studied at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, where he received a master of fine arts degree in visual designs (printmaking) in 1993. He completed his Ph.D. in art education at Ohio State University and joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997.
His art has been shown in solo exhibitions in Africa, Europe and the United States, and he has made contributions to art education through research in the areas of multiculturalism and community-based art education. Adejumo has also directed several innovative programs such as the “Children of the Future” community art program and the Greater Tomorrow Youth Art Program sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History’s Creative Research Laboratory. The two-week-long interdisciplinary arts program targeted underprivileged youth ages 8-13 in economically depressed east Austin.
For more information contact: Bruno Longarini, College of Fine Arts, 512-475-7021.