The National Black Arts Festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has selected Fahamu Pecou as the winner of this year’s Visual Artist Award. This year the award comes with a $5,000 cash prize, which will be presented to Pecou at the festival’s Fine Art + Fashion event on March 15 at Neiman Marcus.
The Atlanta artist, known for his figurative paintings that reference hip hop, African traditions and the perception of black men, recently received his PhD from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts in visual scholarship, visual culture, anthropology, and race & gender.
“Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance,” a traveling survey of his work organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, will appear at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, January 19 – April 28, 2019. A book of Pecou’s work, Visible Man, arose from his dissertation and was published in conjunction with the exhibition.