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January Issue 2011

Highsmith University Union Gallery in Asheville, NC, Features Exhibition of West African Art

UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery in Asheville, NC, will present the exhibit, African Art: A Collectors Perspective, which includes traditional masks, mortar and pestles, slave shackles and Kente cloth from the collection of Jan Goffney, art educator, collector, and curator, on view from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, 2011.

The exhibition showcases a selection of art and artifacts from Goffney's personal collection. Goffney hopes to use the exhibit to break down common misconceptions about Africa's past and present. She served as curator in the Detroit Public Schools Children's Museum specializing in ethnic studies, and later opened her own Multicultural Museum. She has spent many years traveling to Africa to collect artworks and their accompanying stories.

The event is sponsored by the following programs at UNC Asheville: the Office of Student Activities and Integrated Learning, the Honors Program, Multicultural Student Programs, the Center for Diversity Education, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Craft Studies Initiative.

Goffney will also give a lecture accompanying the exhibit at 6pm on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in the gallery. A reception featuring traditional West African foods will begin at 5:30pm. The events are free and open to the public.

The gallery is located on the lower level of UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or call 828/251-6991.


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