Current Position:

Executive Director (2013 - present), Lea County Commission for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, direct Center for Arts activites, shows, funding, and special events

Professional Artist (2011 - present), Andrew Akufo Art Enterprise, Del City, OK. Produce paintings drawings, and mural

 

 Education:

BFA Studio Art, Painting emphasis, Art History minor, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, 2012

AA Rose State College, Midwest City, OK, 2010

 

Solo Exhibitions:

"News-Sun Exhibit: Works by Andrew Akufo, Hobbs, NM, 2017

"Akufo Art Exhibit" Lea County Museum, Lovington, NM, 2014

"Works by Andrew Akufo," Owens Arts Place Museum, Guthrie, OK, 2013

"Prairie Sunset Art Exhibition," Higgins building, Arnett, OK, 2012

"Works by Andrew Akufo," Ralph Ellison Library, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012

"Portraits & Landscapes," Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tulsa, 2012

"OU Presbyterian Tower Art Show," University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011

"Black/white Works," Cafe Americana, Edmond, OK, 2011

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

"Art For Moore" Art Sale, the Boldt Company, Edmond, OK, 2013

"Something Red," SAVAGE art gallery, Tulsa, OK, 2012

“UCO Student Art Association Mythology Exhibition,” DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012

“GUMBO,” Living Arts Gallery, Tulsa, OK, 2012

"Central Oklahoma Capstone Exhibition," Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012 

"Afro Americana," Gaylord Pickens Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012

"UCO Student Art, Association Juried Art Show," Edmond Fine Arts Institute, Edmond, OK, 2011

"Master Pieces," Underground Gallery at 229, Whitesburg, Kentucky, 2011

"OSU-OKC Art Show," Oklahoma State University-OKC, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011

"Prairie Landscapes Show," Graceful Arts Center, Alva, OK, 2011

“Pay At the Pump Gallery Show/Silent Auction" City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, 2010

"40 4 40 Rose State College Visual Arts Series," Rose State College, Midwest City, OK. 2010

"Rose State College Student Art Show," Rose State College, Midwest City, OK 2009, 2008

 

Selected Juried Exhibitions:

"Red River Art Show and Sale," Ardmore Convention Center, Ardmore, OK, 2013

“American Landscapes,” Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2012

"MOREcolor Art Exhibition," Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tulsa, OK, 2012, 2011

"International Arts Movement Small Works Auction," 611 Creative, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011

"UCO SAAS Show," Oklahoma City Arts Council building, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011

"Momentum Tulsa," Living Arts Gallery, Tulsa, OK, 2010

 

Awards and Grants:

Community Appreciation Award, Southern Heights Elementary, Hobbs, NM, 2016

Hobbs NAACP Award, Hobbs High School Commons, Hobbs, NM, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt “Bully” Arts Scholarship. Rose State College, Midwest City, OK, 2009

 

Collections:

National Western Heritage Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

 

Work and Other Professional Experience:

Mural Painting Internship, Palmer Studios Inc. 2011

Gallery agent/coordinator, Red Dirt Gallery, 2011-2012

 

Gallery Representation:

Owens Arts Place Museum, 1202 E Harrison Ave, Guthrie, OK 73044

Alex Solodov Contemporary Art International Fine Art Gallery.com

Sonarta.com, Edmond, OK 73013

Red Dirt Artists & Gallery, 13100 Colony Pointe Boulevard, Suite 113, Piedmont, Oklahoma 73078

Xanadu Gallery, 7039 East Main Street #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

 

Review of Exhibitions:


Sean Czarnecki. "Arts center exec: Marketing part of being successful artist," Hobbs News-Sun. February 2015.


Buck Vandermeer. "Andrew Akufo" Portrait of an artist as a young man." Hobbs News-Sun, February 2015.


Jim Harris. "Art Exhibit," Hobbs News-Sun, April 5, 2014.

 

Jim Harris. "Akufo Exhibit Opening at Lea Museum," Lovington Leader. March 2014.

 

Jim Harris. "Akufo Exhibit Opening at Lea Museum," Hobbs News-Sun. March 13, 2014.

 

John Brandenburg. “Black Heritage Celebrated in ‘Afro-Americana’ Art Show,” The Oklahoman, Jan 17, 2012.    

http://m.newsok.com/s?a=3641138&p=1&s=16

Patricia Smith. “African American Art Exhibition at Gaylord-Pickens Museum,” The Black Oklahoman, October 12, 2011.

http://www.blackoklahoman.com/archives/5312

Shalena Eaton. “UCO Art Students Create Mural at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum,”

University of Central Oklahoma. May 16, 2011.  

 

Published Articles:

Gabriela Munoz, "Akufo Brings Gallery Experience to Job" News-Sun, June 9, 2013, p.1,4

Brandy McDonnell, "Festival of the Arts Schedule" NewsOK.com, April 25, 2013, p. 1

Ben Luschen. “Gallery Opens Featuring UCO Artists,” Vista. Aug. 22, 2011, p. 16

Carolyn Seelen. “Scene,” Persimmon Hill. Summer 2011, p. 58-59

Gypsy Hogan. “Muralists Paint A Living Mural,” Old North. Vol. 48, No. 1, Fall 2011, p 38-40

Tricia Pemberton. “Muralists Mimic Artwork of An Old West Master,” Daily Oklahoman, May 3, 2011, p. 11

 

Professional Activities:

Judge, Seminole Small Business Group Art & Quilt Show, Seminole, TX, 2016

Judge, Carlsbad Area Art Association Art Show, Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, NM, 2016

Curator, "Stone, Metal, Canvas Holiday Display," Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2016

Curator, "Blackness in Latin America," Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2016

Curator, Hobbs Schools District-Wide Elementary Art Show, Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM 2013-2017

Curator, "Lea County High School Art Show," Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2017, 2016 

Curator, "New Mexico Junior College Art Faculty Exhibition," Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2017, 2016

Panelist, New Mexico Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 2016, 2015

Judge, 57th Annual "Permian Basin Art Exhibition," Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX, 2015

Curator, Wesley Cochran Collection's "Works on Paper" Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Hobbs NM, 2015

Curator,  Joe & Joyce Walker Collection's "Street Art From Around the World," Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2015

Curator, "Celebrando con Contrapunto" Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2014

Curator, "Known & Unknown Terrain" Landscape Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2014

Curator,  Lea County Photography Show, Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2015, 2014

Panelist, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016, 2014

Curator/Judge, Hobbs High School AP Studio Art/NMJC Art Dept. Student Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2014- 2015

Curator, "Above Eye Level" Sculpture Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2014

Curator, "Afro Americana II" Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2014

Curator, "Figure It Out" Portrait Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2014

Curator, "Christmas at the Center" Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2013-2016

Curator, Llano Estacado Art Association  Fall Open Art Show Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2013-2016

Curator, "I-Art" Show, Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2013

Curator, "My America" Photography Show," Center for the Arts, Hobbs, NM, 2013

Curator, "UCO Alumni Group Arts Exhibition," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2013

Curator, "A Walk Through Native America: Paintings by Matt Atkinson," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2013

Curator, "2013 Juried College Student Show," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2013

Curator, "Works by Trent Campbell & Emily Williams," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2013

Curator, "Paula Loftin: Photos of the West," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2013 

Curator, "2012 Red Dirt Gallery Student Show," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2012

Curator, "Visage: New Works by Amanda Christine," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2012

Curator, "UCO Student/Alumni Art Exhibition," Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2012

Curator, “Stephen T. Hughes Suicide Prevention Memorial Exhibition,” Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2012

Volunteer, “Red Earth Festival,” Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012

Curator, “A Hometown Art Show: Kristen Vails,” Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2012

Curator, “Juried Student Show,” Red Dirt Gallery, Piedmont, OK, 2011

Vendor, “Arts Trek,” Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK, 2011

Vendor, “Edmond Arts Festival,” Downtown, Edmond, OK, 2011

Vendor, “UCO Jazz Festival,” Edmond, OK, 2011

Vendor, “Home Show,” Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011

 

Professional or Academic Conferences:

2017 National Afterschool Alliance Conference, Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX

2017 New Mexico Fine Arts Education Conference, Hyatt Regency Tamaya, Bernalillo, NM

2016 Fall Into Place Conference, Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, NM

2016 New Mexico Art Educators Association Conference, The Lodge, Santa Fe, NM

2015, 2014 Building Creative Communities Conference, La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM

2014 AFP Tom Ahern Nonprofit Professional workshop, Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque, NM

2012 Who Wants To Be an Entrepreneur workshop, Sheraton hotel, Midwest City, OK

2012 Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

 
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