About


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Grace Aneiza Ali is a Curator, an Assistant Professor and Provost Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She also serves as the Curator-at-Large for the Caribbean Cultural Center in New York.

Ali’s recent book, Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora (Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2020) explores the art and migration narratives of women of Guyanese heritage.

Ali’s curatorial research practice and exhibitions chiefly focus on socially engaged global art practices as well as on contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diaspora, with a focus on her homeland Guyana. She is the founder and curator of Guyana Modern, an online platform for the contemporary arts and culture of Guyana and its diaspora.

Her essays on contemporary art have been published in Nueva Luz JournalSmall Axe Journal, Harvard’s Transition Magazine, and Wasafiri Magazine among others.

As an Editor, she is the founder and editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalism initiative reporting on the intersection of art and politics and global arts activism.

Ali is the recipient of the following Fellowships & Awards that have generously supported her work: NYU Provost Fellowship, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean’s Faculty Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Curatorial Research Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and the NYU Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship.

She has been named a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum and Creative Trailblazer by the Jahajee Sisters Indo-Caribbean Women’s Empowerment Summit. Ali serves as a proud mentor for Girls Write Now, a leader in arts education, writing and mentoring for underserved girls in New York City.

Ali earned a M.A. in Africana Studies from New York University and a B.A. in English Literature (with a concentration in African Diaspora Literature) and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Ali was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States with her family when she was fourteen years old.