The 2017 Snider Prize was awarded to Nakeya Brown (American, b. 1988). Brown uses photography to extract and redefine symbols of femininity. Her practice centers around black female subjectivity, black beauty, and often uses hair as an apparatus to identity facets of womanhood. Brown completed her BA in Visual Art/Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. and is currently an MFA candidate at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
The Snider Prize is a purchase award given to emerging artists as they leave graduate school. Brown will receive $2,000, and Asztalos and Moran will each receive $500 towards the purchase of work to be added to the MoCP's permanent collection. Sponsored by Lawrence K. and Maxine Snider, the Snider Prize forms a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to support new talent in the field of contemporary photography.
Nakeya Brown, GESTURES OF MY BIO-MYTH, 2016