ceremonial articles spanning 500 years are included in “Fabric of
African Culture,” which the Stephen F. Austin State University College
of Fine Arts and School of Art will open with a 6 p.m. reception
Friday, Nov. 19, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in
“This powerful exhibition celebrates the expressive quality of the work
and artistic expression inherent in the cultures of Africa,” said Gary
Parker, SFA instructor of art and the show’s curator.
While the 88 textiles included in the show are from the Kuba tribe of
the Congo region, the rest of the pieces represent tribes from across
Parker said the exhibition reveals the thread that runs through all
artistic expressions, from early primitive cultures to contemporary
art. “It makes evident the influence the African cultures had on
movements in Western art such as Impressionism and Cubism,” Parker
“We are proud to offer this fascinating exhibition to East Texans,”
said Alisa Steed, interim director of SFA galleries. “It will appeal to
a wide audience.”
The Nov. 19 opening reception will include a lecture by an authority on
“Fabric of African Culture,” which is part of the College of Fine Arts’
University Series, replaces the originally scheduled “Storm Chasers”
and will run through Saturday, Jan. 15. It is sponsored in part by
Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.
The exhibition is being displayed in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole
Art Center, located at 329 E. Main St. Admission is free. Regular
gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
Cutline: This mask from the Guro tribe in Africa is part of the “Fabric
of African Culture” exhibition that the SFA School of Art will open
with a 6 p.m. reception on Friday, Nov. 19, in The Cole Art Center @
The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.