Sabrina Nelson selected to receive the WCA 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award  

February 9, 2022
A close up image of CCS alumna Sabrina Nelson in performance makeup

Detroit Artist was selected, among others, to receive the Women’s Caucus for Arts (WCA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sabrina Nelson, Senior Admissions Counselor, alumna of the College for Creative Studies “Center for Creative Studies” (CCS), and a studio assistant for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for the past 25 years has been selected to receive the President’s Award for Art and Activism.

Nelson’s work is influenced by Yoruba Religion—along with Eastern and African Philosophies—her work is a combination of spirit, motion, and intimacy.

Her range of work includes sculptures, objects, murals, and installations. She has lectured on the preservation of Black Feminism in Art at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. She is a guest curator at The Carr Center and the Music Hall Performing Arts Center. Nelson has also judged a number of art competitions, curated art talks and exhibits, led artist interviews for the City of Detroit’s Culture video, “The Work of Our Hands: Black Women as Cornerstone of Culture” exhibit at the Scarab Club, and featured on PBS for her exhibit “Why You Wanna Fly Blackbird” and “Curated By: Sabrina Nelson.”

The WCA celebrates their 50th anniversary with the theme of  “Occupy The Moment: Embracing Our History, Enhancing Our Impact” all year long. WCA will honor all Awardees on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

Sabrina will be honored alongside Lynda Benglis, Beate Minkovski, Gladys Nilsson, Lorraine O’Grady, Linda Vallejo and Ashley January.

The WCA was founded in 1972 in conjunction with the College Art Association (CAA). WCA is a national member organization unique in its membership to artists, art historians, students, educators and museum professionals.

The WCA’s mission is to create a community through art, education and social activism. The organization is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national and global art activism, and advocating for equity in the arts for all.