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 ©

Beginning with a donation of African artifacts and artworks to the University in 2009 by Dr. Jonathan A. Campbell and his wife, Tanya G. Dowdey, this unique collection of African Art includes a variety of art and artifacts from various regions and cultures, ranging from the 11th to 20th centuries and in a variety of media. Most of these works are created and decorated with native materials such as wood, shells, stone, beads, pigments, vegetable fibers, and even human hair.

Now, joining the Campbell - Dowdey Collection, we are pleased to announce an additional donation of works by the former Chair of Biology, Dr. Edmund Brodie and his wife, Judy Brodie; The Brodie African Art Collection.

These two premier collections combined form the newly titled UT Arlington African Art Collection, both of which contain a wide variety of utilitarian and ritual objects, as well as more contemporary works, representing the continuation of the stylistic lineage of the indigenous peoples. A majority of these works range from the late 19th century to mid-20th century. However, some pieces, such as pottery objects and cast-iron currency, are many centuries older, including works from the now extinct Nok culture. A variety of traditional themes can be found among the collections including: Fertility, Social Initiation, Power, and Prestige.

These collections are now available to the public for view, both as an exhibition and online at our website www.uta.edu/art/africanart. In addition, a community outreach program has been initiated to further awareness of the collections and to continue UT Arlington’s rich tradition of providing the surrounding citizens with superb art.

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