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Regina Agu was born in Houston, TX and raised between the United States, Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, and Switzerland. She relocated to Chicago at the beginning of 2020, where she now lives and works.
Her work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, publications, and performances internationally, including presentations at New Museum, The Drawing Center, the High Line, Project Row Houses, FotoFest, the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center, among many other institutions. Recent exhibitions include the 2021 Atlanta Biennial: Of Care and Destruction, and the 2021 Texas Biennial: A New Landscape, A Possible Horizon. Her first solo museum show, Passage, was presented at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2019-2020).
Agu is a 2023 Joyce Award winner with Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been supported by an Artadia Houston award, grants from Houston Arts Alliance, The Idea Fund, and the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts + Project Row Houses fellowship at the University of Houston for her research project A Psychogeography of Emancipation Park. Agu was a 2022 Radicle artist-in-residence in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL. She has attended residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans through a partnership with For Freedoms, A Studio in the Woods, Open Sessions at The Drawing Center in NYC, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Lawndale Artist Studio Program, among others.
From 2014-2017, Agu was the co-director of Alabama Song, a collaboratively-run art space in Third Ward, Houston, which received a 2016 SEED grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Agu is the founder of the Houston-based WOC Reading Group, and her other collaborative projects include Friends of Angela Davis Park. Agu‘s advocacy for artists included serving on the board of directors of several arts organizations in Houston, including Project Row Houses, Aurora Picture Show, and DiverseWorks (including a concurrent term as Artist Board President), as well as mentorship through the Project Row Houses Summer Studios program, and jurying grant panels across Texas and in New Orleans.
Agu holds a BS from Cornell University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.