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Nicolette Francis selected for award

Aug 14 2023

Congratulations to Nicolette Francis, class of 2024, who is being awarded the Claudia Atencia Linares (’01) Alumni Prize for her distinguished work and contribution to the MFA Design program.

Have a look at her project “Iya,” which she describes as a typeface that expresses the ocean’s anger toward the transatlantic slave trade, in which 1.8 million enslaved people died. Iya, meaning mother in many West African countries, is a typographic love letter to all the enslaved women who never had the chance to be mothers.

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