IN 2011, Meleko Mokgosi M.F.A. ’11 was asked to draw a 5-foot-by-7-foot portrait directly onto a wall in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, which houses the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. When creating Head of a Woman III — which represents the powerful, poised women from his childhood in Botswana — Mokgosi says: “I had powerful conversations with people passing by — a uniquely UCLA experience.”

“It was a prescient commission by Barbara Drucker [then-associate dean at UCLA Arts],” says Victoria Steele ’74, M.L.I.S. ’81, curator emerita of UCLA’s public art collection. “It is a masterpiece of draftsmanship from Mokgosi, who is now an important figure in the art world.”

Matt Harbicht
Head of a Woman III by Meleko Mokgosi

Read more from UCLA Magazine’s April 2021 issue.