Student Spotlight: Sophia Abrams Wins Creative Arts Award

Art History undergrad Sophia Abrams is one of two undergraduate awardees of the Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Student Award in the Creative Arts. Sophia is a Powers-Knapp senior at the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying journalism, Afro-American Studies, and Art History.

Since September 2020, she has worked for the UW Archives as a Student Historian, creating an oral history project and exhibition on Black artists who attended UW-Madison. She is also a Developmental Project Assistant at PBS Wisconsin. As a HEX-U Scholar, Abrams partnered with Little Picassos to develop children’s arts programming. She participated in the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Fall 2021 Museum Seminar. In August 2021, she co-curated In Transit, a student exhibition at Union South. During the 2021 summer, she interned at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and SooVAC Gallery. Previously on campus, she DJed at WSUM and was the Wisconsin Black Student Union’s outreach coordinator and graphic designer. She has written for Illumination Magazine, and her art was featured in the Star Tribune.

The award recognizes Abrams’ accomplishments in creating an exhibition that centers Black art in Madison.

Congratulations Sophia! You can read more about the other 2022 Creative Arts Awards winners here.