Eugene Ofori Agyei (1993) is a ceramic sculptor, fiber and installation artist and an educator originally from Ghana living in Gainesville, Florida. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana with a BA in Industrial Art, majoring in Ceramics in 2018. Prior to his MFA at the University of Florida, he was assigned as teaching and research assistant in the same school where he received his BA for one year.
Eugene is the 2020/2021 recipient of the University of Florida Grinter Fellowship award, 2022 Artaxis Fellowship award and the Harold Garde Graduate Studio Art award. Eugene has had solo exhibitions in Art Center Sarasota (FL), 4most SAAH Gallery (FL), Bo Diddley Plaza, Sculpture House Gallery (FL) and his work has been included in group shows in Turkey, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (FL), GFAA Gallery (FL), ADC Fine Art Gallery (OH) Coco Hunday (FL), Alvarez Gallery (CT), 4most SAAH Gallery (FL), Watershed Center Gallery (ME), Grizzly Grizzly Gallery (PA), University of Delaware-Taylor Hall Gallery (DE), Morean Art Center (FL), DAAP Galleries – University of Cincinnati (OH), University of Central Florida Art Gallery (FL), Saratoga Clay Arts Center Gallery (NY), Caroline M. Wilson Gallery, University of South Florida (FL), The Village Stamford (CT), Rollins Museum of Art (FL), Carl Solway Gallery (OH), among others.
He was the 2021 Zenobia awardee at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and gleaned Best of Show from The In Art Gallery’s social change and open theme exhibition. Agyei is also the recipient of the 2022 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Graduate Student Fellowship and the 2022 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Multicultural Fellowship award. Agyei has been in residence at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine.
In April 2022, the Morean Arts Center named Agyei as one of its Fresh Squeezed 6: Emerging Artists in Florida. He is the winner of the Pathways 2022: Carlos Malamud Prize at University of Central Florida Gallery and Rollins Museum of Art which comes with a $10,000 prize and a solo exhibition in summer 2023.