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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 29, 2011

April exhibit at Northwest features African art, lectures

By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant

This mask will be among the artwork displayed in the African Art Exhibit April 4 through April 22 at Northwest Missouri State University’s Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

This mask will be among the artwork displayed in the African Art Exhibit April 4 through April 22 at Northwest Missouri State University’s Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

Dr. I. Murphy Lewis

Dr. I. Murphy Lewis

MARYVILLE, Mo. - A collection of African art from 20 different countries will fill the African Art Exhibit April 4 through April 22 at Northwest Missouri State University's Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

The exhibit showcases the African art collection of Dr. Ray Lake of Kansas City, Mo. Gallery hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Dr. Maude Wahlman, professor of art and art history at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, will speak prior to the exhibit's opening at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Fine Arts Room 244. Wahlman will lecture on objects from Lake's collection including masks, ritual objects, a carved wooden bed, figurines and fabric robes. A reception after the lecture will include refreshments from the Blue Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant in Kansas City.

Wahlman and Malian art dealer Diaby Diarri also will meet with students outside the gallery in the Fine Arts Building at noon, Tuesday, April 5, for a brownbag discussion about Africa and their experiences.

"Wahlman is extremely knowledgeable, both in African art and artifacts in general, and specifically regarding Lake's collection," said Martha Breckenridge, assistant professor in the Department of Art. "This is a rare opportunity to see and learn about African art, artifacts, African way of life, African mythology and more."

Dr. I. Murphy Lewis, founder and executive director of the Global Voice Foundation, will also present a lecture on at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Fine Arts Room 244. Lewis will promote cross-cultural understanding by sharing rich cultural wisdom, traditions and ancient stories of endangered indigenous communities. Global Voice's mission is to help unite the world's diverse communities with greater respect and inclusion.

For more information about the exhibit contact the Department of Art at 660.562.1326 or go to http://www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/deluce/2010/african.htm.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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