Visiting Artists Program | Nakeya Brown

Nakeya Brown, Hair Stories Untold.

A 2017 Snider Prize award winner, Nakeya Brown has generated a vast body of work that uses photography to explore the complexities of race, beauty politics, and gender.

Her work has been featured nationally in recent solo exhibitions at the Catherine Eldman Gallery (Chicago, IL), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), the Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC), and The McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA); and in group exhibitions at the Eubie Blake Culture Center (Baltimore, MD) the Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center (North Brentwood, MD), and the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), among several others. She has presented her work internationally at the Museum der bildenden Künste (Germany) and NOW Gallery (London). Brown's work has been featured in New York Magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, TIME, and Vice. Her work has been included in photography books Babe and Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze.

Naked Brown received her Bachelor of Art from Rutgers University and a Master of Fine Arts from the George Washington University. She lives and works in Maryland with her 6-year-old daughter, Mia.


The student-run Visiting Artist Program brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists to PAFA each semester. Through a series of public lectures, critiques, and workshops, the program exposes students and the public to a range of artistic approaches, as well as fostering discussion of contemporary art and ideas.


Nakeya Brown, Hair Stories Untold.

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