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Otterbein Hosts Exhibitions by Global Artists

Mid-Ohio Foodbank co-hosts exhibit of African sculptures

January 22, 2015

Westerville, OH— This spring, Otterbein University will host art by local and global artists whose lives and art have significantly impacted their communities. The two exhibitions, held in the Fisher Gallery and the Frank Museum, also have important relationships to Africa. For information about either exhibition, call (614) 823-1792. See upcoming art, music and theatre events at www.otterbein.edu/artscene.

Looking Back: A Retrospective of the Work of Photographer Kojo Kamau will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through April 24 in Fisher Gallery at Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., Westerville. Kamau will give a public lecture at the exhibition at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Looking Back highlights the life and work of renowned African American photographer and Columbus native, Kojo Kamau. His work during the 1960s and 1970s took him to several African countries to explore issues of identity and cultural heritage. He subsequently travelled throughout the world, photographing and recording what he perceived as shared human experiences. His photographs explore portraits of visionaries like Angela Davis, James Baldwin, and Mohammad Ali; changing urban landscapes in Columbus; racially charged social scenes; and the African Diaspora, among other themes.

With his late wife, Mary Ann Williams, Kamau established Art for Community Expressions (ACE), a non-profit organization that promoted African American artists through sponsored trips to Africa and created an exhibition space that featured their work. Kamau has received numerous art awards and was selected to co-create the Long Street Bridge Cultural Wall, a public art project in downtown Columbus. A significant departure from his traditional photography, this honor is a fitting acknowledgement of his artistic skill and the role he has played in the community for decades. Learn more about Kamau at www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/kojo-kamau-1.

Spirits in Stone: Contemporary African Sculpture from Zimbabwe will be on display from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays until April 24 in The Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Otterbein and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank are co-hosts of this exhibition featuring the work of African sculptors, including Chipo Musandi, Nicolas Chidhawu and Richard Mupumha. The artists work in traditional Shona style and approach sculpting through the lens of collaboration. The artists acknowledge spirits that inhabit the stones they carefully hand-harvest from the land, and wait for the spirit to reveal itself before sculpting. See an interview with Musandi and Mid-Ohio Foodbank President and CEO Matt Habash at www.youtu.be/ZNCAvOKL7k0.

All pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of the work go to the artists and to the Kufunda Learning Village, a progressive learning community that provides for local and global partners and is home for children and families who need support in difficult times. Learn more at kufunda.org. View pieces from the collection at www.facebook.com/otterbeinartdepartment.


Spirits in Stone


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