Ademola Olugebefola

One of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective in 1965 and the first Educational Director of the WEUSI Academy of African Arts and Studies in 1969. He is a highly respected cultural activist and renowned Harlem artist, whose art and career papers are in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hatch-Billops Archives, Howard University, and scores of other American institutions. He is one of the Executive Producers of the forthcoming landmark film, “Drama Mamas: Black Female Theatre Directors in the Spotlight and Remembered.” For over the past four decades, Ademola has lived and worked in Harlem. His current residency at the Chashama Harlem Studios, in the artist’s words: “…has been a great creative experience and provides me with critical work space and prolific incentive to expand my longstanding interest in the exploration of pure color and form in painting.” His work is in numerous collections of prominent Harlemites, and individual collectors and institutions internationally.