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also known as Senga Nengudi Fittz

artist , educator

Senga Nengudi, American artist, educator. Achievements include development of fine art gallery for Colorado Springs Hillside Community Ctr. Recipient Best Website of the Week award, artwomen.org, 2002, Anonymous Was a Woman award, 2005, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award, 2005; Creative Artists Public Service grantee, New York Council on Arts, 1972.


Nengudi, Senga was born on September 18, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Elois Lillian and Samuel Allen Irons.


Bachelor in Art, California State University, Los Angeles, 1966. Master of Arts in Sculpture, California State University, Los Angeles, 1971. Foreign study, Waseda University, Tokyo, 1966—1967.


She then spent a year studying at Waseda University, Tokyo. Afterwards, she returned to California State University, from which she received her MA in sculpture in 1971. She moved to New York City shortly thereafter to continue her career as an artist.

She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Complicating cultural, ethnic and racial classification became as central to Nengudi's work as her handling of gender constraints. She often combines African, Asian and Native American art forms in particular for her performance pieces and staged photographs.

While her oeuvre highlights issues surrounding gender, race and ethnicity, Nengudi's work focuses on the ways in which everyone is negatively affected by these systematic forces and her pieces attempt to foster cross-cultural inspiration for men and women alike.


  • Achievements include development of fine art gallery for Colorado Springs Hillside Community Ctr.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York City, Carnegie Museum Art, Pittsburgh, 2004, Museum Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1998, Louisiana Museum Modern Art, Denmark, 1996, Fondazione Sandretto re Redaudengo Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, 2004, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, 2005, Warptrancs, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, 2007, Wack Art and The Feminist Revolution, 2007, Washington National Museum Women Arts.


Founding member Sankofa African Dance and Cultural Organization. Board directors Performing Arts for Youth Organization, Colorado Springs, 1990—1994, Tutmose Academy, 1998, Shivers Academy, since 2002. Member of College Art Association, Negro History Association Colorado Springs (associate), Toni Morrison Society (associate).


  • Other Interests

    Dance, walking, travel, American history.


Married Ellioutt Fittz, December 29, 1976. Children: Sanza Azizi Fittz, Oji Azizi Fittz.

Elois Lillian

Samuel Allen Irons

Ellioutt Fittz

Sanza Azizi Fittz Nengudi

Oji Azizi Fittz Nengudi