The Society of Nigerian Artists has recently established 7 awards for distinction to honour members who have made contributions to the practice and teaching of the visual arts in Nigeria and internationally.
ART JOURNAL AWARD
The Art Journal Award is presented to the author of the most distinguished contribution—article, interview, conversation, portfolio, review, or any other text or visual project—published in the Society’s Creative Dialogue journal or the journal of the Convention for Art and Development (CONADEV) during the previous year.
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING OF ART AWARD
The Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, is presented to an individual who has been actively engaged in teaching art for most of his or her career. This award is presented to an artist of distinction who has developed a philosophy or technique of instruction based on his or her experience as an artist; has encouraged his or her students to develop their own individual abilities; and/or has made some contribution to the body of knowledge loosely called theory and understood as embracing technical, material, aesthetic, and perceptual issues.
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING OF ART HISTORY AWARD
The Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award, is presented to an individual who has been actively engaged in teaching art history for most of his or her career. Among the range of criteria that may be applied in evaluating candidates are: inspiration to a broad range of students in the pursuit of humanistic studies; rigorous intellectual standards and outstanding success in both scholarly and class presentation; contribution to the advancement of knowledge and methodology in the discipline, including integration of art-historical knowledge with other disciplines; and aid to students in the development of their careers.
ARTIST AWARD FOR A DISTINGUISHED BODY OF WORK
The Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work, is a peer award given to an artist for exceptional work through exhibitions, presentations, or performances. This award is presented to a living artist of national or international stature and must tie them to an exceptional recent exhibition.
DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement celebrates the career of an artist who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to their work throughout a long career and has had an important impact nationally and internationally on the field.
DISTINGUISHED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR WRITING ON ART
The Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art, celebrates the career of an author of note and includes art criticism, art history, art biography, and/or art theory. The award is presented to an author who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to his or her work throughout a long career and has had an impact, in Nigeria and internationally, on the field.
DISTINGUISHED FEMINIST AWARD
The Distinguished Feminist Award, honours a person who, through their art, scholarship, or advocacy, has advanced the cause of equality for women in the arts.
LIST OF AWARDEES 2016
Award of Excellence
- Prof. Samuel E. O. Aduwa-Ogiegbaen
- Prof. Abiodun Falodun
- Prof. Lawrence I.N. Ezemonye
LIST OF AWARDEES 2014
Honourary Recognition: Award of Promotion
- Dapo Adeniyi
- Okechukwu Uwazuoke
- Ozolua Uhakheme
Honourary Recognition: Award of Patronage
- Joe Obiago
- Gbenga Oyebode MFR
- Evelyn Oputu OON
- Robert Mbonu
- Dr Doris Fisher