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Discussion Topics:
1. The African Diaspora Presence at Art Basel Miami Beach 2014.
2. African Diaspora Year in Review (2014) A market review of contemporary African diaspora art sales in 2014.
3. Recent developments in online digital Africana art.

ludlowbailey 2014 Panelists (Moderated by Ludlow Bailey)
Ludlow Bailey, AFA CEO, is a globalist whose passion is world art and culture. His predominant interest is in awakening the western art world to the magnificent spiritual beauty and intricacies of the postmodern African visual art world. He has visited over 45 African countries in search of the best in contemporary art, and is equally well-traveled and knowledgeable about New World African Art — Caribbean, Latin American, and North American.

Familiar with the leading artists and trends in contemporary American and European Art, Mr. Bailey has attended many of the most important art fairs and museums in the world and is cognizant of current art market tendencies in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Basel, Frankfurt, Chicago, and Miami.

Ludlow holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Brown University, where he was awarded a Watson Fellowship which allowed him to study contemporary African Philosophy at the University of Ghana, the University of Dakar, and at American University in Cairo. He earned his Masters in International Affairs degree from Columbia University. Mr. Bailey currently resides in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

moyookediji Moyosore Okediji Professor of African Diaspora Art, The University of Texas, Austin.

Moyo Okediji is an art historian, artist, and curator. He studied fine arts at the University of Ife, before proceeding to the University of Benin, where he did an MFA in African Art Criticism, Poetry, and Painting. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he received a Ph.D. in African Arts and Diaspora Visual Cultures. He has apprenticed with several indigenous African artists working in both sacred and secular mediums including mat weaving, textile designs, terra cotta, shrine painting, and sculpture. After teaching for several years in Nigeria, Okediji relocated to the United States in 1992. For ten years he was the curator of African and Oceanic arts at the Denver Art Museum. he has taught at various colleges in the United States, including Wellesley College, Gettysburg College, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Colorado at Denver. He has also exhibited at various places including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC,. the Corcoran Center, London, and the National Museum Gallery, Lagos Nigeria. He is the author of books and exhibition catalogues including African Renaissance, Old Forms, New Images in Nigerian Art; and The Shattered Gourd: Yoruba Forms in Twentieth Century American Art.

rheacombs Dr. Rhea Combs Curator

Dr. Rhea Combs, Curator of Photography and Film, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is also the Director of the Center for African-American Media Arts at the Museum. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all. Scheduled to open in 2016, the museum is under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Until then, we invite you to visit our gallery located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History.

jeffreypena Jeffrey Peña Dominican Artist, Architect, Producer

Jeffrey Bienvenido Pena is a New York based artist, architect and producer born in the Dominican Republic. He directs the Curbs & Stoops think tank which ideates and executes projects to make the arts more accessible. As a community builder, Jeffrey is instrumental in developing projects such as the Active Space – a studio and gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He also produces the Noche Latina Festival in Long Island, New York and most recently Contemporary African Diaspora Arts in Miami, Florida. Jeffrey’s work in cultural development also extends into latin dance and entertainment as producer for Rhythmology. Currently pursuing architectural projects on his own, Jeffrey, has a background with international architecture firms in Boston, MA Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco,CA. Jeffrey was trained at Phillips Academy, Northeastern University School of Architecture and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a Masters of Architecture.

reneecox Renne Cox Artist and Photographer