‘Masks, Music and Motion’ Art Exhibit Jan. 14 at WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — An exhibition of African art, “Masks, Music and Motion: Community Healing Among the Yoruba of West Africa,” opens in the Washington State University Vancouver Library, Monday, Jan. 14.

The exhibit features Yoruba sculpture, masks, clothing and photography from the private collection of Mary L. Johnston of Florence, Ore. Some of the objects were previously exhibited in the University of Oregon’s Natural History Museum of Art in 1999.

Students in the WSU Vancouver Honors Program studying art and cultural aspects of African societies with professor of history Candice Goucher helped coordinate the project. For the exhibit, students wrote and designed a four-page insert to the student newspaper, The VanCougar, and worked with assistant professor of psychology Steve Lakatos on an audio-visual CD-ROM presentation for the exhibit.

Sponsors include the WSU Honors College, WSU College of Liberal Arts, the WSU Vancouver Diversity Task Force and the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours and will remain on display through the end of February in honor of Black History Month. For more information or to schedule a class tour call (360) 546-9469 or (360) 546-9575.

WSU Vancouver is at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either Interstate 5 or I-205.