Felicia Mings, curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), has received a prestigious Curatorial Research Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Over the next year, Mings will embark on a new research project focusing on the work of influential Guyanese artist, anthropologist and novelist Denis Williams (1923-98). The project will examine the international significance of Williams’ practice through an analysis of the artist’s illustrative works and their relationships to African and Caribbean literature. Digging deep into Williams’ collaborations with writers and publishers and the material nature and circulation of his works on paper, the project will consider the artist’s contributions to discourses on modernism. Working with numerous public and private archives, scholars, and conservators, Mings will be developing a future exhibition.
As curator at the AGYU, Mings focuses on interpreting and presenting modern and contemporary art of Africa, the Caribbean, and their diasporas. Prior to joining the AGYU, Mings held the position of academic curator in the Research Center at the Art Institute of Chicago. Highlights of her Art Institute of Chicago tenure include leading the Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy and Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, co-curating the exhibitions, and co-editing the accompanying catalogues for Malangatana: Mozambique Modern (2020) and The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster (2019).
Mings holds a master of arts in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College.
More about the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonné projects. To date, the foundation has nearly $280 million in cash grants to more than 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide.