Nnenna Okore is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at North Park University, Chicago. She earned her B.A degree in Painting from the University of Nigeria (First Class Honors) in 1999, and an M.A and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2004 and 2005. She has received several national and international awards and been shown in numerous prestigious galleries and museums within and outside the United States.
In 2010 she participated in the prestigious 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil and was included in a group exhibition at the Tang Museum, NY. She has had solo shows at David Krut Projects, New York, Northwestern University gallery, IL and October Gallery, London to name a few and in 2012 received a Fulbright Scholar Award to Nigeria.In 2014, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) commissioned Okore to create a sculpture for their annual Dance Africa festival and in November 2014 David Krut Projects presented a second solo show by Okore which included works created during her 2013 Fulbright year in Nigeria.
In 2015 Okore will have exhibitions at Elmhurst Museum and Krannert Art Museum, both in Illinios, and Museu Afro in Sao Paulo, Brazil.