“[Whitson] was majestic” – The New York Times, August 15, 2014, Brian Seibert
Ni’Ja Whitson is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer creating work that reflects the sacred in street, conceptual, and indigenous performance. Whitson’s commissions include When Water Dries the Mouth, Work Up, Gibney Dance, New York, NY (2015); Summons and Arrival, E-Moves Festival, Harlem Stage, New York, NY (2015); Tribute to Malachi Maghostut Favors (choreographer and performer), The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2015); and Quasar (trio with Douglas Ewart and Matt Shipp), Solos and Duets Festival, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA (2015). Their awards and residencies include the Bogliasco Fellowship, Bogliasco Study Center, Bogliasco, Italy (2015), the Engaged Artist Award, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT (2015), Artist in Residence, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY (2015-2016), Artist in Residence, Movement Research, New York, NY (2013-2015) and an M.F.A. Fellowship Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2007). Whitson received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Whitson is an M.F.A. Candidate at Goddard College.
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