Janine A. Sytsma

Janine A. Sytsma

Assistant Professor of Art History

Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5039

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Dr. Janine A. Sytsma specializes in Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora with an emphasis on contemporary art within the context of global geopolitics. She completed her Ph.D. in Art History with a minor in African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also holds an MA at from the University of Denver and her BA is from Arizona State University.  Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, she taught at Washington and Lee University and the University of Colorado at Denver. 

Global African--Contemporary  

African Art and Society

Contemporary African Art

African American Art

Global Feminism, Art, and Theory

African Art, Museums, and Exhibition Practices

Afrofuturism and Contemporary Art 


“Migratory Mythopoeism: A Critical Examination of Moyo Ogundipe’s Paintings.” African Arts(Forthcoming)

“The Nigeria Pavilion: Visual Counternarratives at the Venice Biennale.” TOJA (Forthcoming)

For Learning and Culture: The History of Early Art Training at the University of Ife (1969-1975).” Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture 10:3 (October 2016): 276-292.

“The Sculpture of El Anatsui: Rupture and Renewal at the Chazen Museum of Art.” Bulletin: July 1, 2003-June 30, 2007, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin at Madison (September 2010): 36-44.


“African Art, Venice Biennale, and the Politics of Visibility.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of African Studies, Aderonke Adesanya, ed. London: Routledge (Forthcoming)

“Moyo Ogundipe: A Painter of Mythscapes.” In MythopoeiaRecent Paintings by Moyo Ogundipe. Lagos: Ben Enwonwu Foundation, 2016.

“Critical Departures: New Works by Moyo Okediji and Tola Wewe.” In Return of Our Mother: New Works by Moyo Okediji and Tola Wewe. Lagos: African Artists’ Foundation, 2011.              

“An Egungun Aesthetic: A Critical Study of Moyo Ogundipe’s Paintings in the United States and Nigeria.” In Life’s Fragile Fictions: The Drawings and Paintings of Moyo Ogundipe, 30-38. Ibadan: University of Ibadan, 2011.

"Visual Confluences: The Art of Moyo Ogundipe.” In Kaleidoscopes: New Works by Moyo Ogundipe, 28-35. Lagos: Terra Kulture Gallery, 2008.









CIC-Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2013

University of Wisconsin at Madison Dissertator Fellowship, 2012

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2011-2012

Fulbright Institute of International Education Fellowship, 2011-2012 (declined to accept Fulbright Hays-DDRA)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Yoruba), 2009-2010

Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Fellowship (Yoruba), 2009

Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation Fellowship, 2009