Bio-myths: Photographs by Nakeya Brown

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  • Bio-myths: Photographs by Nakeya Brown
    • Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center

      November 4, 2023 - March 24, 2024

      1 Avenue of the Arts
      Newport News, VA
    • Phone: (757) 594-0800
      Website: Click here to visit us online


Nakeya Brown (b. 1988) is a Maryland-based photographer who has engaged in the history and material culture of African-American beauty products for the last 10 years. Her artwork captures the spaces, textures, emotions, and memories of these products and the women that used them, offering insights into African-American histories and enduring questions of beauty, memory, and self-definition. Born in Santa Maria, CA, Brown received her BA from Rutgers University and her MFA from The George Washington University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Davis Gallery at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY), Green Grassi (London), Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), and the Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC). Her group exhibitions include the International Center for Photography (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), the  Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh, PA), and The Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY), among others. She has been an instructor of photography at the American University (Washington, DC) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore). For details, click here or call 757-594-0800.

Torggler Fine Arts Center - Anne Noland Edwards Gallery