New Items Added to African Art Collection


Curated by the Department of Art & Art History, a second exhibition of African art and artifacts has opened on campus.

Donated by Dr. Edmund Brodie and his wife, Judith Brodie, this collection expands the UT Arlington African Art Collection, which began in 2011 with the Campbell–Dowdey African Art Collection.

Brodie is the current Executive Director of Program Development for the College of Science at Utah State University, as well as an active researching professor and biologist. He is the former chair of the Department of Biology at UT Arlington

Cheryl Mitchell, lecturer and collections specialist, said the new donation adds to the variety of cultures, styles, and objects already in the University collection. Many of the works are rare, made of fragile materials such as textiles, animal hair, plant fibers and terra cotta, she said.

The Brodies collected the works during expeditions and research trips through much of Africa. During some of their research travels, Professor and Department Chair Jonathan A. Campbell (Biology) and his wife, Tanya G. Dowdey, donors of the first African collection, accompanied the Brodies. This combined collection offers a unique look into how these separate groupings developed concurrently, but based on differing interests and viewpoints, Mitchell said.

The exhibit, “Fertility, Fetish and Sacred Ritual,” is currently on display in the Visual Resource Commons, Room 2109, in the Fine Arts Building.


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