MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2018
Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. A 2017 Snider Prize award winner, Brown has generated a vast body of work that uses photography to explore the complexities of race, beauty politics, and gender. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University and her Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. Her work has been exhibited at the Prince George's African American Museum, Woman Made Gallery, Hamiltonian Gallery and The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. She has presented her work on an international scale with exhibitions at the Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig in Germany and Now Gallery in the United Kingdom. Brown's work has been featured in New york Mag, 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. She lives and works in Maryland with her 5-year-old daughter, Mia.