African Art Writer Crowdfunding to Attend Sotheby’s Institute of Art This Fall
July 20th, 2015
NEW YORK — WIth the growth in the art market, more professionals are pursuing opportunities in the arts. Ghanaian-born Sharon Obuobi, is one of the young professionals hoping to make strides in the global contemporary art market as a graduate of the exclusive high-priced Sotheby’s art education program.
“It’s an honour to have this opportunity to study at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The contemporary art market is growing and it’s even more exciting to see the expansion of the contemporary African arts. We need more Africans in the global contemporary art market and I’m looking forward to being a part of the influencers which create more opportunities for artists and the public to experience art”, says Sharon Obuobi.
But this degree certainly doesn’t come cheap, priced at $67,800 ($22,600 a semester). To raise funds for the Masters program, Obuobi is crowdfunding through Hubbub with A Dream To Study At Sotheby’s to raise $62,000 for tuition costs before September 7th, 2016. In exchange for donations, she’s offering luxurious art exhibition experiences for supporters.
Founder of African & Afro-Diasporan Art Talks (AADAT), Obuobi and a team of writers have been engaging in conversations about social themes as portrayed by art of Africa and the diaspora, while showcasing the work of various international artists. Through the platform, the team has also conducted direct coverage of the Dak’Art Biennale and 1:54 African Art Fair among others. With a Masters of Art Business, Obuobi plans to push the frontier for the international African art market scene within the continent and beyond.
For more information, or to interview Sharon Obuobi, please contact [email protected]
About Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Evolving from a small connoisseurship program begun by Sotheby’s Auction House in 1969, Sotheby’s Institute provides art business education. The global faculty represent the art world helping students decipher and master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce. “At Sotheby’s Institute of Art, we believe it essential to educate professionals who combine art historical scholarship with market savvy, ingenuity and a profound belief in the power of art to change and enhance lives.” – David C. Levy, President, Sotheby’s Institute of Art