The Neon Museum is proud to announce the selection of Victor Ehikhamenor as its 2020 National Artist in Residence. Ehikhamenor was selected out of a pool of 110 applicants and will join The Neon Museum for eight weeks this fall to create artwork inspired by the museum’s collection.
During his residency at The Neon Museum, Ehikhamenor will reference the assortment of iconic Las Vegas signs in the museum’s exhibitions and archive, as well as collaborate with members of the Las Vegas community, collecting poems, statements, and short stories. These will be interpreted through large-scale drawings and interwoven into sculpture and installation work, incorporating the medium of neon. Ehikhamenor’s residency will encompass several opportunities for public engagement to benefit Southern Nevada residents and museum visitors. The full residency programming schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Victor Ehikhamenor is a Nigerian-American artist, photographer and writer. He has been prolific in producing abstract, symbolic and politically motivated works. A 2016 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow, Ehikhamenor was one of three artists to represent Nigeria at the first Nigerian Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. His work has been featured in numerous biennales, including the 5th Mediations Biennale in Poznan, Poland (2016) and the Biennale Jogja XIII, Indonesia (2015), and exhibited in London, Lagos and Washington D.C. Throughout his career, Ehikhamenor has maintained an interest in signs, symbols and language. The patterning that defines his work is a form of gestural abstraction reminiscent of written language.