Baga, Guinea


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Monday — Friday
8:30am — 5:00pm

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University of Texas at Arlington
Fine Art Building, Suite 2109
“Visual Resource Commons & Gallery” (2nd Floor)
Arlington, TX 76019



The Jonathan A. Campbell & Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection ©

Gifted to the University in 2011, this premiere collection includes a variety of art and artifacts from various regions of Africa, ranging from the 11th to 20th Centuries, in all manner of styles, sizes, and media. Many of these works are created and decorated with native materials such as wood, shells and stone, beadwork, pigments, vegetable fibers, and even human hair. They come from a variety of environments across the continent and the influences of several other major cultures, such as the Oceanics, British, Dutch, and that of Islam, can be seen in these works, while at the same time displaying each peoples identifiable style.

This wide array of works contains both utilitarian and ritual art and artifacts, as well as several pieces which were created as part of the lineage of the artistic style of indigenous peoples of Africa and which are now considered to be Contemporary African art. The majority of these pieces range from the late 19th century into the middle 20th century, however, several pieces such as pottery and cast-iron currency, are many centuries older. A variety of traditional themes can be found amongst the collection including: Fertility, Social Initiation and Acceptance, and Power and Prestige.

This wonderful collection is now being made available to the public for the first time and is open to the public at no cost. A community outreach program has recently been initiated in order to further the communities' awareness of the collection’s current exhibition and to continue UT Arlington’s rich tradition of connecting our surrounding citizens with superb art and its history, while at the same time seeking to extend the reach of art into the community and present all we have to offer.

Please join us in celebrating the rich cultural history that these artifacts have to offer and visit the collection today.