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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Eto Otitigbe

Austin, TX; Brooklyn, NY

Eto Otitigbe recently joined the team led by Howeler and Yoon Architecture to design the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at University of Virginia.  The memorial will be a reflective gathering space that includes symbols of libation and liberation.  Otitigbe's role on the design team is focused on creating imagery for the exterior surface of the memorial that pays tribute to the enslaved laborers who were used to build UVA.  Otitigbe's design process includes historical research, community outreach, and dialogue with members of enslaved descendant communities.

Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist.  His interdisciplinary creative practice can be experienced as sculpture, performance and installation.  He investigates issues of race, power and technology. Otitigbe's work has been in national and international exhibitions such as Topophilia, as part of the Meetings Festival in Denmark; Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, organized by the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill.  He has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, as well as in residencies at The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Austin, TX; 701 CCA, Columbia, SC; Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; and Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO. Otitigbe received public commissions for FLOW at Randall’s Island Park and the Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park.  In 2015 Otitigbe was awarded a CEC Artslink Project Award for travel to Egypt.  Otitigbe is a 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow engaged in research that intersects Uhrobo language from West Africa and visual art at the National Museum of African Art.
Otitigbe earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Product Design from Stanford University and an MFA in Creative Practice at Transart Institute.


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