About Peju Layiwola
Peju Layiwola earned a BA (Metal Design) in 1988 at the University of Benin, Benin City; an MA and Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1991 and 2004 respectively. Her father, Babatunde Olatokunbo Olowu who hails from Idumagbo, Lagos is the scion of Charles Olatokunbo Olowu who established the first cinemas in the old Midwestern region of Nigeria. She follows in the footsteps of her mother, Princess Elizabeth Olowu, daughter of Oba Akenzua II of Benin, in a career in art, adding art history to her intellectual portfolio during her graduate studies.
At the international level, Layiwola has been elected President of the Art Council of the African Studies Association( ACASA). She got the African Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth Grant, 2020; Tyson Scholar at the Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, USA (2019): Distinguished Professor and Visiting Scholar at the University of Arkansas (2019-2020) and received the 2020 Ambassador of Goodwill Award from the State of Arkansas. She was awarded the prestigious Terra Foundation grant for American Art in 2018; CAA-Getty Alumni grant (2018), nominated to the US International Leadership Programme (IVLP) 2011. She has partnered with Bronx Museum of the Arts on the Hilary Clinton US State Department SmARTpower programme in 2012; She won the US Lagos State Consulate Grant 2017 and the US Alumni Exchange Award 2018. She was also awarded a Goethe Resident Artist grant, (KNW) in Dusseldorf in 2017.
Layiwola holds membership of various associations; Art Powa Publishing Network (ARTPOWA) in South Africa; International Committee of Museums (ICOM); College Arts Association (CAA); Nigerian Field Society (NFS) Ibadan Branch and other organisations. She is a life member and serves on the Board of the Lagos Studies Association.
She has served as guest lecturer in several Universities/Institutions including, Rhodes Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, 2019; Millsaps College, Jackson,
Mississippi, USA 2017; Tougalou College, Jackson, Mississippi 2017; University of Arkansas, 2017; The Art Institute of Chicago, USA, 2008; University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008; University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2004.