Accra Shepp

Adjunct Instructor

Born and based in New York City, Accra Shepp has exhibited in the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. His work is in a variety of collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. A senior Fulbright Fellow, he has also received grants from Art Matters, Artadia, and the New York Foundation for the Arts among others.

His work has appeared in print on numerous occasions, most recently in an article he wrote for "The New York Times" and in the German publisher's Hatje Cantz "fotoblog".  His public art project "Windbook Luxembourg" will open May 2018 at the National Library of Luxembourg. Accra teaches at The Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts.

Gunner no. 4, 28" x 19", cyanotype, 2017
Gunner no. 4, 28" x 19", cyanotype, 2017


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