Winner: Njaimeh Njie
Njaimeh Njie has been an active and compelling voice in the Pittsburgh arts scene over the past several years, even being named the 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media. But 2019 was an especially fruitful year for the photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer whose practice centers “everyday people, narratives, and landscapes,” with a particular focus on Black experiences. She completed her three-year-long public art project Homecoming: Hill District, USA, a series of murals about the city’s historically Black neighborhood. She was also chosen to create an installation for Up, Lifted, a public art program at the Pittsburgh International Airport, and in November, she became the Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellow, an honor that will allow her to continue documenting the Hill District community, as well as life on Duquesne University's campus.