The School of Art and Design is proud to announce the 2017 African Art Exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery from June 2 through June 30. A reception will take place, Friday, June 2, from 5-8 p.m.
The East Carolina University School of Art and Design’s African Art Collection combines several smaller collections that were donated to the School of Art by private collectors. The Lankton Collection of African Art is a group of 240 pieces of masks, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, vessels, musical instruments, ceremonial objects, and utilitarian items. The collection includes a sizable holding of art from the Kuba kingdom, a federation of 20 ethnic groups in central Zaire. It was donated to East Carolina University School of Art and Design’s permanent collection in 1995 as part of the university’s Shared Visions fund-raising campaign. The donor is Dr. James W. Lankton, an anesthesiologist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who made similar donations to Elon College and Hampton University. A collector of African art for years, Dr. Lankton acquired unique objects through his contacts with the Kuba royal family.
In 1997, an anonymous donor gave the School of Art an extensive collection of high quality pieces from western and southern Africa. These functional and ceremonial works include rare examples of figures and masks, as well as headdresses, weapons, and musical instruments.
More recently additional pieces have been added to the collection through donations from Charles Jones, a collector and dealer in African Art in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of 5th and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Parking for the reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.
For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312. Gallery website: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/graygallery/index.cfm