Tuesday 13 October 2015


The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF), a non-profit organization in Nigeria established in the year 2008, welcomes applications for its 2016 Graduate Fellowship in Nigerian visual art and culture for non-Nigerian scholars.
OYASAF is widely acknowledged as Nigeria's largest and most comprehensive private art collection and offers an opportunity to study and research into Nigerian visual art and culture.

It holds over 7000 works of art of different categories of Nigerian and other visual art of the world in its collection with works in all the five areas of Nigerian art ranging from contemporary to modern paintings and sculptures, antiques, traditional art, neo traditional African art and over 55,000photoshots of Nigeria’s different fast disappearing cultural festivals.

The art works in OYASAF include the works of earliest Nigerian contemporary artists from Aina Onabulu, Akinola Lashekan, Ugorgi, Ben Enwonwu, Okaybulu, Nike Davis-Okundaye,  to Charles Shainumi, Okpu Eze, Clary Nelson Cole, Kolade Osinowo, David Dale, Simon Okeke, Isiaka Osunde, Abayomi Barber, Moses Ajiboye, Olu Amoda, El Anatsui, Peju Alatise, Ben Osawe, Bruce Onabrakpeya, Moyo Ogundipe, Lara Ige-Jacks, Susanne Wenger, Theresa Akinwale, Uzo Egonu, Jimoh Akolo, Dele Jegede, Lamidi Fakeye, Uche Okeke, Erhabor Emopkae, Kunle Filani, Tola Wewe, Adeola Balogun, Osahene Kainebi, Segun Aiyesan, Chuks Kwubiri, Kelani Abass, Moyo Okediji, Rom Isichie, Fidelis Oyiogu, Nelson Okoh etc, etc, etc.

(1) 25 days lodging in Lagos, in a room of a flat located near the foundation.
(2) Stipend of N60, 000
(3) Open access to artworks and practicing artists.
(4) Airport Pick-up and drop off at Lagos airport.
(5) Office Space with internet access and electrical power supply at all times.
(6) Library support for research.
(7) Transportation for research (where available) but which would not include satisfying grantees tourism interests.

(1).Candidates must be enrolled as graduate students in accredited Universities in Europe, Canada, USA, Latin America and Asia, Australia, New Zealand North, East and South Africa, pursuing studies in Nigerian art and culture.
(2).Grantees will be expected to make one presentation in the OYASAF standard format, at an interactive session with scholars/artists towards the end of their stay with OYASAF.
(3). Grantees will also be expected to complete OYASAF prepared evaluation forms for delivery to the foundation at their time of departure.

1-2 pages introducing each applicant, posted on the internet and addressed to OYASAF describing research interests and explaining how this fellowship will support the applicant's research. Each candidate must accompany their application with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member of their institution dispatched independently to OYASAF. 

Applications must be received by close of business hours in Nigeria on Friday 13th of March 2016. The Board of Trustees will thereafter review the applications and announce the winners on the 26th of March 2016 on the OYASAF website.
OYASAF WEBSITE: www.nigerianartoyasaf.org

One of the early beneficiaries of the OYASAF Fellowship Programme, Ms. Janine Systma of the University of Wisconsin, USA

(1).Mr. Ian Bourland of the University of Chicago (USA).
(2).Ms. Janine Systma of the University of Wisconsin (USA). She was also supported in her subsequent one year (1yr) fulbright scholarship program in Nigeria
 (3). Ms. Rachel Amaa-asaa  Engmann of Stanford University, (USA).
(4). Andrea Bauer of the University of Vienna (Austria).
(5). Nomusa Makhubu of Rhodes University (South Africa)
(6). Ms. Kathleen Coates of the Iziko Museum of Cape Town (South Africa).
(7). Ms. Erica Agyeman of the Columbia University, New York (USA)
(8). Amanda Hellman of the Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
(9). Erin Rice of the University of Bern, Switzerland
(10) Amber Ekong Croyle graduate of the Pomona College, Claremont, California (USA)
(11). Ms. Kimberli Gant of the University of Texas-Austin (USA)
(12). Ms. Jessica Williams of the University of Maryland –College Park (USA)
(13.). Mr. Victor Ekpuk – world renowned studio artist, Washington DC (USA)
(14). Prof. Albert levernge of Western Michigan University (USA)
(15). Bimbo Akinbola of the University of Maryland –College Park (USA)
(16). Ms. Johanna Wild of the University of New Mexico (USA)


Prince (Engr) Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon D.litt
                  Founder / CEO
Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF)