Grace Aneiza Ali is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Ali earned a M.A. in Africana Studies from New York University and a B.A. in English Literature (with a concentration in African Diaspora Literature) and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Ali is a curator and editor. She is the founder and editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalism initiative reporting on the intersection of art and politics and global arts activism. Ali’s curatorial research practice and exhibitions center on socially engaged art practices as well as contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her most recent curatorial projects include “In/Visible: Portraits of Farmers and Spice Porters of India” (NYU Kimmel Galleries); “Un|Fixed Homeland” (Aljira Center for Contemporary Art); and “Liminal Space” (Caribbean Cultural Center). She is the founder and curator of Guyana Modern, an online platform for the contemporary arts and culture of Guyana and its diaspora. Her essays on contemporary art have been published in Nueva Luz Journal, Small Axe Journal, Harvard’s Transition Magazine, and Wasafiri Journal (London), among others.
Ali is the recipient of the following awards that have generously supported her work: NYU Provost Faculty Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and the NYU Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and serves on the Board of Trustees for Images and Voices of Hope (ivoh), a non-profit organization committed to using journalism and media to create meaningful, positive change.
Ali was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States with her family when she was fourteen years old.