Artist Projects

Otabenga Jones & Associates

Visual Arts, 2008

Otabenga Jones & Associates

Otabenga Jones & Associates is a Houston-based educational art organization founded in 2002 by artist and educator Otabenga Jones in collaboration with members Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans and Robert A. Pruitt, among others. The group’s pedagogical mission, manifested in the form of actions, writings and installations, is threefold: to underscore the challenging intricacies of representation across the African Diaspora; to establish a cross generational progression emanating from the transatlantic experience; and, as they write in their mission statement, quoting from Sam Greenlee’s 1969 classic satirical novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door, “to mess wit’ whitey.”


D. Jabari Anderson

D. Jabari Anderson is a founding member of Otabenga Jones & Associates and an artist who creates mixed media drawings on handmade paper. He is a graduate of Texas Southern University and has exhibited ...
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Kenya Evans

A native of North Carolina, Kenya Evans works in the media of painting, drawing, sculpture, and audio installations. He is a founding member of Otabenga Jones & Associates, with whom he works regularly ...
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Robert Pruitt

Robert Pruitt (b. 1975) is a Native of Houston Texas. He earned his BA from Texas Southern University and a MFAfrom the University of Texas in Austin, with a focus on painting and drawing. Pruitt ...
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Jamal Cyrus

Jamal Cyrus (born 1973, Houston, TX) lives and works in Houston. He received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. In 2005 ...
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Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2014

    Major Exhibition

    Otabenga Jones & Associates, along with fellow awardees Simone Leigh and Xenobia Bailey, participate in Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, co-presented by Creative Time and the Weeksville Heritage Center at various venues in Brooklyn