Leadership Arts of West Africa
January 26 - March 25, 1995

Promotional exhibition postcard featuring sculpture

More than 100 works of art from West Africa were on display at the Riffe Gallery January 26 through March 25, 1995. The exhibition, produced by Kent State University School of Art Gallery, included carved wooden stools, masks and figures, as well as accessories such as staffs, jewelry and hats. The objects were displayed individually, in groupings and in vignettes complemented by photographs and explanatory labels. Items in Leadership Arts of West Africa, which ranged from embodiments of power to symbols of authority or emblems of achievement, have aesthetic and artistic purposes but also function in historical, religious, philosophical and political ways.