Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie is Professor of Art History and Visual Cultures of Global Africa at the University of California Santa Barbara. He received a BA in Fine and Applied Arts and MA in Art History at the University of Nigeria, and received his doctorate degree at Northwestern University in the USA. His research focuses on the infrastructure of art history in Africa, modern and contemporary art, cultural informatics, and the arts, visual cultures and cultural patrimony of African in the global context. Ogbechie is the author of the 2009 Herskovits Award winner Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist (University of Rochester Press, 2008), Making History: The Femi Akinsanya African Art Collection (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2011), co-author/editor of Artists of Nigeria (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2012), and also founder and editor of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. In addition to his academic work, Ogbechie is also a curator and cultural interlocutor. He organized and coordinated theFirst International Nollywood Convention and Symposium (Los Angeles, June 2005), the first conference in the USA to evaluate the internationally acclaimed Nigerian Video Film Industry. He subsequently founded the Nollywood Foundation in 2006 to formalize research and produce annual international conventions on Nollywood and the new African cinema in Los Angeles, Lagos and London. Ogbechie is Consortium Professor of the Getty Research Institute, Daimler Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, Senior Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution, and Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Institute for International Education. Ogbechie is past President of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA), member of the board of Directors of the Art Historians of Southern California, and serves as a board member of the African Studies Association (ASA).