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Africa Found: Links and Lineage through Art

University of Texas at Arlington - Fine Arts Building

Africa Found: Links and Lineage through Art

Where is Africa? What do the history and art of Africa mean today? Where does Africa fit in American life and in our communities of North Texas? Explore these questions, find Africa for yourself, and discover how contemporary artists connect to African pasts.   

African art is some of the most understudied, underrepresented, and misinterpreted arts in the world. The continent is vast and diverse, with histories of cultural innovation, colonial incursions and injustice, as well as survival and independence. This exhibition seeks to offer a glimpse at this diversity and the cultural values embedded in historic artworks from across Africa. These objects reflect dozens of cultural traditions, value systems, and social needs.

In collaboration with the UTA Libraries Special Collections’ exhibition entitled Searching for Africa, the UTA Fine Art Collections present historic indigenous artworks from across the African continent alongside contemporary arts by African and African American artists linking to shared pasts.

This exhibition presents many of the most recent donations to the UTA African Art Collections by Dr. Edmund and Judy Brodie, including objects that have never before been exhibited for the public. Historic maps from the UTA Libraries Special Collections’ Dr. Jack Franke Collection of African Maps offer historical context and reflect the colonial presence of Europeans throughout the continent. Contemporary maps presented in the exhibition refresh our understanding of Africa with contextual links to broader geographies, languages, and profound social experiences, such as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Further details about each object can be viewed by scanning and following links embedded in QR codes throughout the exhibition.

Please join us in celebrating these works and the peoples who made them, along with seeking to expand our knowledge of who these people were and who we are in connection to their stories. 

On view: Sept. 27th – Dec. 3rd

Opening Reception: Oct. 14th, 12 pm – 2 pm. VRC Gallery, FA2109, Fine Arts Building, 2nd floor

Location: Visual Resource Collections & Gallery, FA2109
VRC Gallery, FA2109, 2nd floor, Fine Arts Building, UT Arlington

Hours: Open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Closed on Wednesdays


  • FREE!

502 S. Cooper St. · Arlington, TX 76019