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Pantyhose and sand—this artist tilts sculpture toward new angles at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Senga Nengudi in a 1978 performance piece
Nasher Sculpture Center
Senga Nengudi in a 1978 performance piece

The Nasher Prize Laureate 2023, Senga Nengudi, uses unconventional materials for her sculptures. See what people are saying about her unique three-dimensional work.

TheNasher Sculpture Center in Dallas awards a prize each year to an artist who brings a unique influence and artistry to sculpture.

The Nasher Prize Laureate 2023 is Senga Nengudi. Her work will set the tone for a full season at the museum with her pantyhose arrays, sandscape, tubes of rainbow-colored liquid and other 3D work.

Born in Chicago, raised in California and educated in Japan, she has worked as an artist and arts educator for over five decades.

But in the public arena, said Lynne Cook, a Nasher Prize juror, it’s just recently that her work has gained attention.

Her “process is extraordinary and multi-faceted," said Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, also a Nasher Prize juror.

“I’ve always been attracted to the three dimensional,” said Nengudi. “...that attracted me more than painting or drawing and so on, because I had to have that tactile feeling.”

The Nasher Prize Laureate 2023 exhibit ofSenga Nengudi runs through April 30 with events scheduled at the Nasher Sculpture Center:

March 15-19 — Spring Break events and programming, free admission
March 19Mountain Moving Day, a ritual celebration created by Senga Nengudi
March 31Nasher Prize Dialogues: Laureate Lecture with Senga Nengudi (free, registration required)
April 1Nasher Prize Award Gala
Through April 2Nasher Prize Month (April 1-2, free admission)

Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas, is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Senior in journalism at TCU, intern with KERA's Art&Seek