MFAW-VT alumna Ni’Ja Whitson has received two major creative awards for her work The Unarrival Experiments, which was her Goddard thesis.

Ni’Ja received a Creative Capital Award toward the development of the book and performance project. “Dark matter and dark energy serve as portals to interrogating spaces of the unknown, yet they have an unequivocal impact on the composition of the universe. The Unarrival Experiments is an interdisciplinary performance project exploring relationships between astrophysics, cosmology, Blackness, Trans embodiedness and premature death via a notion of the vaporous body.”

Ni’Ja also recently completed a residency at the prestigious Camargo Foundation working on the same project.

Congratulations, Ni’Ja!