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The Arts Council of the African Studies Association


Presidential Notes
ASA News
Conferences, Symposia and Workshops
Calls for Papers and Essays
Of People and Places
Current Publications, Books and Films
Internet Resources
Triennial Symposium Third Call for Panel Proposals
ACASA Sieber Dissertation Award
Voluntary Contributions Form
Membership Form





Volume 66
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The Arts Council of the African Studies Association
Newsletter,Volume 66,Spring/Summer 2003


ACASA Board of Directors

Robin Poynor, President
Robert Soppelsa, Past President
Tavy D. Aherne, Secretary/Treasurer
Rebecca M. Nagy, Newsletter Editor
Joanne Eicher
Christraud Geary
Babatunde Lawal
Ikem Okoye
Constantine Petridis
Elisha Renne
Enid Schildkrout

All correspondence regarding membership
information and payment of dues should be
directed to:

Tavy Aherne
ACASA Secretary/Treasurer
2261 Bent Tree Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401

Email: tavy@mymy.com; taherne@indiana.edu

Membership information and forms are available
at the end of this Newsletter.

The ACASA Newsletter is published three times
a year: Spring, Fall, and Winter. The Newsletter
seeks items of interest for publication. You can
send news about job changes, fieldwork, travel,
exhibitions, new publications, etc. The next
ACASA Newsletter will be in Fall 2003. Please
send news items by September 5, 2003 to:

Rebecca Martin Nagy
Ham Museum of Art
P.O. Box 112700
Gainesville, FL 32611-2700

Email: rnagy@harn.ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-9826
Fax: 352-392-3892

Acknowledgement: Graphics featured in this
Newsletter are adapted from Clementine
M. Faik Nzuji, Tracing Memory: A Glossary of
Graphic Signs and Symbols in African Art and
Culture, Hull Quebec: Canadian Museum of
Civilization, 1996. For subsequent issues of the
Newsletter, graphics will be derived from
designs found on artworks in the collection of
the Ham Museum of Art.

lId Presidential Notes

by Robin Poynor, ACASA President

Spring/Summer 2003

Finally the spring/summer issue of the ACASA
Newsletter has arrived. Rebecca Nagy has taken
on the task of editing and publishing the Newsletter
and will fill that slot on the ACASA Board of
Directors. She is grappling with issues of regularity
in publication of spring, autumn, and winter issues
and looking for means by which to send issues to
our more than 600 courtesy members in Africa and
the Caribbean. Proposals by the Board to publish
the Newsletter electronically may lessen the cost to
mail the Newsletter locally and abroad, and the
electronic edition may be accessible as well by
some of our courtesy members. Rebecca is
proposing that members in the United States and
other countries may want to sponsor mailing the
Newsletter to one or more of our courtesy members
(see form on p.14). May I urge you to send items
that have to do with conferences, symposia,
exhibitions and related educational programs, new
publications, opportunities in the field, and news
about members and their research activities to
Rebecca at rnagy@harn.ufl.edu.

The Harvard Committee for the 2004 Triennial has
plans underway for an exciting series of events in
Cambridge and in the Boston area. Suzanne Blier's
committee has negotiated space and has begun to
plan a slate of activities, and Chris Geary is
accepting proposals for panels now and papers in
the fall. She suggests that you submit your
proposals without delay. Committees for
Leadership Awards, Book Awards, and the new


Sieber Dissertation Award are working toward their
goals for the Triennial as well.

We are requesting that you support the Triennial
again by helping to underwrite scholarships to
lessen the cost to graduate students and African
Scholars. You may send your contributions to Tavy
Aherne, using the form on p.14 or the membership
form if you are renewing your membership.

The Board is concerned about the decline in
membership over the last several years. If you
know those who have allowed ACASA membership
to lapse, please ask them to renew. Tavy and I will
be looking at membership lists from the past and
constructing a master list so we may contact those
who are no longer up-to-date to see if we can boost
the membership before the Triennial takes place.
The autumn Newsletter will include the 2003
Directory of Members. Courtesy memberships
extended to scholars from Africa and the Caribbean
now number over 600. We intend to communicate
with each and to ask for a response as to whether
they are actually interested in membership.

The 2003 ASA in October in Boston may give a
preview of what to anticipate across the Charles in
April. We anticipate seeing you there.

Robin Poynor


Message from the Editor

It is an honor and a pleasure to join the ACASA
Board of Directors and to serve as editor of the
Newsletter, filling the uncompleted term of
Elisabeth Cameron, who has received a Fulbright-
Hays Fellowship to pursue research in Zambia.
Because of the transition from one editor to
another, this Spring 2003 Newsletter has been
considerably delayed and is now designated as the
Spring/Summer 2003 issue (Vol. 66). With the able
assistance of Susan Cooksey, assistant curator for
African art at the Harn Museum of Art, and Jody
Berman, UF graduate student and Har curatorial
assistant, I look forward to getting the Newsletter
back on schedule this academic year with a fall
issue in late September and a winter issue early in

2004. A number of members have reported missed
issues of the Newsletter. Apparently many copies
were lost because the lightweight paper used for
the cover was damaged in mailing. To address this
problem we are using heaver cardstock for the
cover. Please let me know if you do not receive
subsequent issues in a timely manner.

ACASA members in Africa and the Caribbean have
not received the last two issues because of budget
constraints. In past years the National Museum of
African Art generously covered the cost of mailings
to courtesy members abroad. This is no longer
possible and ACASA does not have funds to cover
future mailings to courtesy members. Options for a
long-term solution to this funding problem are being
sought. Eventually the Board hopes to publish the
Newsletter electronically. In the meanwhile, the
Board is seeking donations to help with these
mailings. For $10.00 annually you can support
mailings to one of our African or Caribbean
colleagues. Please use the form on p. 14 to send
your sponsorship contribution to Secretary/
Treasurer Tavy Aherne.

The 2003 Directory of Members will be published in
the fall 2003 Newsletter. If your membership is not
current, please mail the renewal form with your
2003 dues to Tavy so that you will be included in
the directory. Bear in mind, however, that
membership is for the calendar year and you will
need to renew again in January 2004.

A call for panel and roundtable proposals for the
ACASA Triennial at Harvard, March 31 April 3,
2004, is included in this Newsletter, as it was in the
two previous issues, Fall 2002 (Vol. 64) and Winter
2002/03 (Vol. 65). The announcement has also
gone out via the H-AfrArts list serve. However,
Chris Geary, Chair of the Triennial Program
Committee, reports that she has received only one
panel proposal to date. Please submit your
proposals for panels and roundtables to Chris
promptly. The deadline is September 15, 2003. The
Fall 2003 Newsletter will include a list of panels and
roundtables and a call for papers. The deadline for
proposals for papers will be December 15, 2003.
The Fall issue also will include information about
registration for the Triennial and other details to
help members plan for participation in the
conference. The Winter 2003/04 Newsletter will be
delayed until late February 2004 to give the
Triennial Program Committee time to submit the
preliminary conference schedule for publication in
that issue.

Thank you for your patience with these
housekeeping details and with the confusion and
delays resulting from the change in editors. I look
forwardto working-with Robin Poynor, other
members of the ACASA Board of Directors and the
ACASA membership to produce an enlightening,
useful and reliable Newsletter. Once again, I want
to thank Susan Cooksey and Jody Berman for their
editorial assistance and Tami Wroath, the Harn
Museum's graphic designer for her help with
creating a template and laying out this issue.


Rebecca Martin Nagy

Reminder: Renewals for African and Caribbean

In order to ensure that our mailing list and directory
are accurately updated, the ACASA Board of
Directors requests that African and Carribbean
members renew their memberships each year. The
membership form is posted on the ACASA website,
and may be emailed or sent via regular mail to Tavy
Aherne. Please be sure to include current mailing
information to ensure timely delivery of Newsletters.
Members who do not renew in writing will be
dropped from the mailing list and directory. Inquiries
and forms should be sent to:

Tavy Aheme
ACASA Secretary/Treasurer
2261 Bent Tree Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
taherne@indiana.edu; tavy@mymy.com

Arnold Rubin Book Award Committee

The ACASA book award committee for 2004 is
composed of Joanne B. Eicher, Chair, Rowland
Abiodun, and Doran Ross. Eligible books are those
published on African arts from January 1, 2001
through December 31, 2003. One copy of each
book being nominated should be sent to the
Joanne B. Eicher
Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
240 McNeal Hall, university of MN
1985 Buford Avenue
St.. Paul, MN 55108

Rowland O. Abiodun
107 Cooper House
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

Doran Ross
Fowler Museum, UCLA
Box 951549
Los Angeles, CA 9005-1549

|l ASA News

2003 ASA Conference

The 46, Annual African Studies Association
Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from
October 30 to November 2 at the Sheraton Boston
Hotel. The theme this year is "Youthful Africa in the
21st Century." Current information about the
preliminary program and other information may be
viewed from the website:


Inquiries about papers and panels may be
addressed to callasa@rci.rutgers.edu.

I Exhibitions

African Art Exhibitions at the Israel Museum

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has opened the
exhibition Talking Beads (April 15, 2003- April 15,
2004). On display are over 80 examples of
beadwork from the museum's African collection.
From June 2, 2003- September 1, 2003, the
Lawrence Gussman collection of Central African art
will be on display in an exhibition titled Spirit
Hunters. This exhibition examines how figurative
sculpture, masks and other ritual objects are used
as agencies of power and spirituality. For more
information, consult the Israel Museum website at:
http://www.imj.org.il/ or contact:

Dorit Shafir, Associate Curator
Arts of Africa and Oceania
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
POB 7117
Jerusalem 91710, Israel
Tel# 972-2-6708811 4

Conferences, Symposia
and Workshops

Eastern African Visual Traditions: New

On October 24, 2003, the colloquium Eastern
African Visual Traditions: New Perspectives will be
held at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, South
London. The conference is based on the
fundamental issue of the lack of Eastern African art
forms in the study of African art. This forum aspires
to encourage and further the academic research on
the visual traditions of Eastern Africa. For further
information, consult the website of the museum at:
http://www.horniman.ac.uk/ or write to:
Hassan Arero, Ph.D
Keeper of Anthropology
Horniman Museum
100 London Ro
Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ
Tel: +44 (020) 8699 1872/ 4911 ext. 135
Email: harero@horniman.ac.uk

Or contact:

Zachary Kingdon, Ph.D
Curator of African Collections
Humanities Department
Liverpool Museum
William Brown St.
Liverpool, L3 8EN
Tel: +44(0) 151 478 4377
Email: zachary.kingdon @nmgm.org

I V Calls for Papers and Essays

Hierarchy and Power in the History of

June 18-21 2004, Moscow, Russia.
Deadline: November 1, 2003
Description: The Center for Civilizational and
Regional Studies in cooperation with the Institute
for African Studies (both under the Russian
Academy of Sciences) is organizing in Moscow on

June 18-21, 2004 the Third International
Conference Hierarchy and Power in the History of
Contact: conf2004@hotmail.com, civ-reg@inafr.ru
or visit the website:

Trauma and Representation: Imaging Violence in
Africa and the African Diaspora

Shannen Hill, University of Denver
Kim Miller, Transylvania University (Editors)

We seek submissions for an edited volume of
original essays, which consider ways in which
African experiences of trauma and violence are
addressed and expressed in visual culture.

Trauma and violence hold a significant place in
history, daily life, and artistic representation. Africa
and Africans have experienced traumatic and
violent encounters in considerable and
disproportionate measure through time. For
centuries artists and other image-makers, both
inside and outside of Africa, have represented
these experiences for different audiences and
purposes. Indeed, such images have greatly
informed political purpose in the African Diaspora
and global perceptions of Africans. The importance
traumatic experience has played in African
consciousness is today witnessed through the
testimonies of such bodies as South Africa's Truth
and Reconciliation Commission, Rwanda's War
Crimes Tribunal, and the World Conference on
Racism. Despite the weight of these experiences
and representations, there is no study devoted to
the many issues traumatic imagery raises in our
understanding of Africa and its people. This edited
volume seeks to explore these very issues.
We are especially interested in theoretically
informed essays that consider a broad definition of
violence; that contribute to a clearer understanding
of the complex relationships between past or
present traumatic experiences and visual
representation; and that focus on specific, local
visual cultures while maintaining their global
significance in our increasingly violent and visual -
Submission Guidelines:
Submissions should be sent to both editors by
October 15, 2003. Essays should be between 20 -
40 pages double space including endnotes and
bibliography. For further information, contact:

Kim Miller
Director of Women's Studies
Transylvania University
Department of Art
300 N. Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508 (Kamiller@transy.edu)

Shannen Hill
University of Denver
School of Art and Art History
2121 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208 (slhill@du.edu)

Igm Of People and Places

Research Grants Awarded to Henry Drewal

Henry Drewal was awarded two research grants for
2004. He received a Senior Research Fellowship
from the American Institute for Indian Studies to
continue work on the arts, histories, identities and
agency of African descendants in India. He also
received a Senior Research Fulbright Grant for
research in Republic of Benin for fieldwork on the
histories and visual cultures of Mami Wata and
other water spirits in preparation for a forthcoming
exhibition and publications.

Robert F. Thompson Receives First CAA Award
for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement for Art

In its inaugural year, the CAA Award for
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement for Art Writing
goes to Robert Farris Thompson. This scholar's
colleagues in African art describe him as having
quite literally transformed the fields of both African
and African diaspora art history. He is "a brilliant
thinker, tireless researcher, spellbinding lecturer,
and writer of almost velvet prose" (writes one
colleague) whose publications on cultures from
across the African continent and on the black
Atlantic diaspora have given scholars a rich body of
ideas and insights with which they will continue to
grapple for another hundred years. One prominent
scholar remarks: "Rarely does one read his work
without finding at least one major nugget that

transforms one's way of thinking.... In an era when
much of the scholarship on African art was being
shaped by dry and largely outmoded
anthropological functionalism, he pressed for a
consideration of individual artists, ideas, visual
sources, and influence."

Books for Uniben's Art Department Library
From: Jean Borgatti, JBorgatti@aol.com

"I am at home in Massachusetts temporarily. I'm
returning to Nigeria in early September for a final 3
months. One of the things I am doing is trying to
help Uniben's Art Department to build its
departmental library, so I'm putting out a call for art
and art history books (Technique, African and
Western art history modern and contemporary in
particular anthropology, museology). I have a
way to get them safely and inexpensively to

If my colleagues would clean their bookshelves,
and ask their non-Africanist friends to clean theirs
- donations would be welcome. I'm sure there are
many people like me who have exhibition
catalogues acquired through memberships and so
on that are not germane to their working libraries
that could be dispensed with.

Things can be mailed to me at home by book rate
(295 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury MA 01545). If
people are within reasonable driving distance of
central Massachusetts and have a lot, I will gladly
drive out to collect them.

I was terribly saddened by the book situation in
Nigeria not something I had thought about, as 30
years ago, you could buy anything and everything
at the University bookstores. Now they are filled
with cobwebs, and a few lonely volumes mostly
locally published.

Between my original Fulbright purchases in African
art history and modern art along with donated
books sent by a friend while I was in the field
(Thus far 15 40-pound boxes have been sent to
Nigeria), we have made a good beginning. If
colleagues are willing and able to help, I would
appreciate it.


"People can reply to me directly if they would like

i Current Publications,
Books and Films


FANG: An Epic Journey by: Susan Vogel

An 8-minute film that combines documentary and
fictional methods to recount the journey of a Fang
shrine figure. Originally part of an African shrine,
the Fang figure travels through different situations,
only to be finally re-enshrined in the temporal
space of a museum. A twenty-five page illustrated
booklet is included, featuring a roundtable
discussion with various scholars.

Black and White and Color. VHS, NTSC or PAL
format available. $60.00 each, European PAL
format add $20.00 per copy. Plus $4.00 U.S.
postage, $5.00 Canadian, and $6.00 European
postage. Please make checks payable in USD to
Prince Street Pictures Inc. Allow four weeks for
Send to:
112 Prince Street
New York, N.Y. 10012
Fax: (212) 431-3930
Email: prinstpic@igc.org

The Art of Vive Diba: The Intelligent Hand

The Arts in Action Society has released a
documentary film titled The Art of Viye Diba: The
Intelligent Hand. Viy6 Diba is a Senegalese artist
living in Dakar. He began by creating small format
paintings, which have since evolved into
increasingly large metaphorical installations that
raise environmental, social and political questions.
The film is 52 minutes long. Additional information
about the film can be found at:
All inquiries should be directed to Claudine
Pommier, Arts in Action Society at
steinpom@shaw.ca, or:
5570 Blenheim Street
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6N 1P5
Fax# (604) 263-2052

DVDs by Christopher Roy

African Pottery Techniques
African Masks: Burkina Faso
African Weaving; Arts of Ghana &
A Day in the Life of a Village in Africa.

DVDs made for instructional purposes, suitable for
K-12 students. Minimum narration. Each title is
$40.00. All sales completed through the Internet at:
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 587
Redwood Estates, CA 95044-0587


Remnants of Ritual: Selections from the
Gelbard Collection of African Art

Borgeois, Arthur and Scott Rodolitz. Remnants of
Ritual: Selections from the Gelbard Collection of
African Art. New York: Ethnos Publishing, 2003.

Companion catalog to an exhibition that opened in
February at Governor's State University in Illinois
and will travel to the Krannert Art Museum in
Champaign, Illinois (Sept. 5 Oct. 26, 2003). 80-
page soft cover catalog featuring 117 full color
illustrations. Available for $22.50 in the
continental USA. Make check or money order
payable to Ethnos.
40 Neptune Ave.
Suite 2
Woodmere, NY
11598, USA
Email ethnos_publishing@earthlink.net for
international rates and further press info.

African and Oceanic Art in Jerusalem The
Israel Museum Collection

Newton, Douglas. African and Oceanic Art in
Jerusalem The Israel Museum Collection. 2001.
ISBN 965 278 262 g.
Soft cover, 332pp

Written by the late Douglas Newton, with an
introduction by Dr. Kate Ezra, this catalog features

the African and Oceanic collection at the Israel
Museum. It was awarded an honorable mention (in
recognition of the high standard of excellence) by
the American Association of Museums in 2002 in
the museum publication design exhibition.

Priced at $45.50
All inquiries can be directed to:
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
POB 7117
Jerusalem 91710, Israel
Tel# 972-2-6708811

A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal

Roberts, Allen F., Mary Nooter Roberts, Gassia
Armenian, Ousmane Gueye and with a preface by
Mamadou Diouf. A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of
Urban Senegal. Los Angeles: University of
Washington Press, 2003.

A Saint in the City explores the visual culture of the
Mourides, a Senegalese Sufi movement based
upon the mystical teachings of Sheikh Amadou
Bamba. The catalog focuses upon nine
contemporary artists who where influenced by the
leader. It accompanied the Saint in the City
exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum (Feb. 9-
July 27, 2003). The catalog includes 278 color and
2 halftone images. The cost is $60.00 for a
paperback edition. All inquiries can be directed to:
University of Washington Press
Street Address: 1326 Fifth Avenue, Suite 555,
Seattle, WA 98101-2604
Mailing address: P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA
Phone: 1-800-441-4115 (U.S. only)
Fax: 1-800-669-7993 (U.S. only)
International Fax: 206-685-3460
E-mail: uwpord@u.washington.edu
General Information: 206-543-8870

The World Moves. We Follow: Celebrating
African Art

Dewey, William J., Rosalind Hackett, Dele Jegede.
The World Moves, We Follow: Celebrating African
Art. Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press,

Catalog for an exhibition at the Frank H. McClung
Museum, University of Tennessee (January 11 -
May 18 2003). The cost is $16.50, plus $4.50
shipping and handling for first copy and $1.00 for
each additional copy. Checks can be made out to
UT Press and mailed to:
The University of Tennessee Press
Chicago Distribution Center
11030 South Langley Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628
Orders can also be made through the Internet at
http://www.utpress.org MasterCard and Visa
ISBN 1-880174-05-7


The article Transatlantic Trade in African Ancestors:
Mijikenda Memorial Statues (Vigango) and the
Ethics of Collecting and Curating Non-Western
Cultural Property by Monica Udvardy, Linda Giles
and John Mitsanze will be published in the Septem-
ber issue of American Anthropologist.


The following books are available through African
Books Collective, or:

Marschall, Sabine. Community Mural Art in South
Africa. Unisa Press, 2003.
298 pages. $65.95.

Marschall, Sabine and Brian Kearney.
Opportunities for Relevance: Architecture in the
New South Africa. Unisa Press, 2003.
234 pages. $51.95.

Maxted, Julia. Amulets and Dreams: War Youth and
Change in Africa. Unisa Press, 2003.
161 pages. $57.95.


Harold Scheub. A Dictionary of African Mythology:
The Mythmaker as Storyteller. Oxford and New
York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
ISBN 0-19-512456-1

An H-net review for the Dictionary can be found at:

The Dictionary is 368 pages and it is organized
alphabetically by the names of the main
characters. The price is $35.00 for a cloth cover
edition and $16.95 for the paperback edition. It can
be purchased through the Oxford publishing
website at:

http://www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0195124561 .html

m0 1 Internet Resources

TeachAfrica is a new web portal designed to
encourage the proficient teaching of all subjects
concerning Africa. TeachAfrica is a moderated,
community-maintained digital repository of
electronic teaching resources available free-of-
charge to registered users. Participating members
share their syllabi and other course materials and
all resources are stored in a fully searchable
database that allows fast and easy information
retrieval. To view the website, go to:

H-Travel is a network for the academic discussion
of the history of travel and tourism. The focus is
the history of travel and tourism from the earliest
beginnings, through the present, the future,
throughout the world and beyond. The languages
of communication for the list are English, French,
German, and Spanish. Additional information can
be found at the H-Net Web Site, located at:

Arab Artists Resources & Training
Arab Artists Resources & Training is committed to
helping career-track artists who are creating fine
art in all styles and media, to support themselves
exclusively by networking and learning how to
apply for grants to help promote their Arab cultural
heritage. The website lists a calendar of Arab arts
events worldwide, and has job listings. For more
information, log onto: http://www.aart.ws

Children's Art Movement International
The Children's Arts Movement International
(CAMI), is an educational non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting education for children in

visual and performance arts. A recent CAMI
drawing workshop called BARAKU was held from
July 18-21, 2003. Anyone interested in CAMI
should contact president Wale Asubiojo at:

Request for Bibliographic Citations
Kathryn Green is compiling bibliographic materials
on issues of art/artifact and cultural treasure
repatriation to Africa as well as archaeological site
and museum looting within Africa, both historical
and contemporary. The bibliography will be added
to the H-AfResearch website. Please send entries
to Kathryn Green at:
green @mail.h-net.msu.edu

SI Obituaries

Frederick Mainasara Bala Miller
Paraphrased from The DAILY TRUST
February 27, 2003
From Sani Babadoko, in Kaduna

One of the foremost musicians from Northern
Nigeria, Fredrick Mainasara Bala Miller, is dead.
Aged 75, the Kaduna-based musician died after a
brief illness. Bala was born March 7, 1928, in
Pankshin, Plateau State. Bala was the last son of
Late Canon and Mrs. Miller, the first Hausa
Anglican Reverend in Nigeria. Five children and a
grandson survive him. Bala Miller won several
awards including the Nigerian Television Authority
Star Performer Award in 1983, Black Entertainer
Award, Nigeria Music Award (1989), Horn National
Award for Arts and Culture (2001) and the National
Honor of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
He has also represented Nigeria at international
music festivals and was conferred with the
chieftaincy title of Ode Remo by Oba Funsho
Aeolu. In a swift reaction to the announcement of
the death of Bala Miller, the presidential candidate
of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), General
Muhammadu Buhari, has described the death as a
most irreparable loss. He described Bala Miller as
" a patriot and a leading artistic figure, who used his
enormous talent to unite the people of our great
country." He added that Bala Miller's death at this
time has robbed Nigeria of his matured counsel
and unwavering commitment to national unity and
pursuit of excellence.

-Sir Stephen Okpalaka
Paraphrased from the obituary scripted by Ejike
Okafoizuna, Chairman, Society of Nigerian

On Saturday May 16, 2003, a Fellow of the Society
of Nigerian Artists, Late Sir Stephen Okpalaoka
(aged 64 years) and his wife Late Lady Mabel
Okpalaoka (aged 55 years) were laid to rest at Uga,
Aguata Local Government Area, and Anambra
State, Nigeria.

Sir Okpalaoka was until his death a lecturer in the
Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Delta State
University, Abraka, while Lady Okpalaoka was a
retired schoolteacher. The couple, together with
their son Nkemjika Okpalaoka (an undergraduate),
died in a ghastly road traffic accident in Anambra
State, Nigeria.

In a funeral oration at the graveside of the couple,
Professor B.O. Njelita of the Department of Fine
and Applied Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,
extolled the sterling qualities of Sir Okpalaoka as a
persevering senior artist who was completing his
PhD in Curriculum/Instruction in Visual Arts at Delta
State University before the tragedy struck.

A product of University of Science and Technology,
Kumasi, Ghana (1966); University of Nigeria,
Nsukka (1972), and Temple University,
Philadelphia, USA (1978); Sir Okpalaoka's notable
mates at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, include
these artists: Professor B.O. Njelita, Mr. P.S.C.
Igboanugo, Mazi Silva Okereke and Professor
Obiora Udechukwu.

Skunder Boghossian

Paraphrased from the obituary posted to the
web by Charles Cobb, Jr., Washington, D.C,
May 5, 2003
Ethiopian artist and pioneer of modern African art
Alexander Skunder Boghossian passed away in his
Washington, D.C. apartment on Sunday, May 4. He
was aged 66. Boghossian is widely considered the
patriarch of a generation of Ethiopian artists. "It is a
great loss," said one of them, Kebedech Tekleab.

In 1965, Boghossian was the first contemporary
African artist to have work purchased by the

Museum of Modern Art in New York. Born in Addis
Ababa in 1937, Boghossian was awarded an
"imperial scholarship" when he was 17 to study at
London's St. Martin's School of Art. He extended
his stay another nine years during which he moved
to Paris, becoming a student and teacher at that
city's Academie de la Grande ChaumiBre and at the
Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts. In 1963 he was
the first Ethiopian painter whose work was
purchased by the Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris.

Boghossian talked often of political and cultural
influences in Paris during those years, citing Frantz
Fanon, Aime Cesaire, Cheikh Anta Diop as well as
creative forces in modern art like Paul Klee. Older,
not very well-known black painters encouraged
him. One of them, Gerard Sokoto introduced him to
the great Cuban surrealist painter, Wilfredo Lam.
He also worked closely with a group of West
African artists. "African colonies were becoming
independent. He was part of 'the creativity of
resistance'," says Elizabeth W. Giorgis. In 1963,
Congolese poet Tchikaya U Tam'si characterized
Boghossian as an artist with "purity of intention."

He returned to Ethiopia in 1966 and stayed until
1969 when he was invited to become artist in
residence at Atlanta University, as well as resident
instructor in sculpting, painting and African design
at the Atlanta Center for Black Art.

But even during his short three years back in
Ethiopia, Boghossian was one of a handful of
artists who influenced an entire generation of
painters with his energetic abstractions of tradition
and use of vivid color. Many art critics and
collectors point to Boghossian's work in particular
at that time as establishing the standard for modern
art in Ethiopia.

In 1974 Boghossian was invited to teach at Howard
University where he taught until 2000 before
returning to painting full-time.


"Skunder, your art was wax and gold."

-John Peffer
May 7, 2003


Adieu, the bearded one with colorful hands,
the one with slender fingers
that turned bristle and sable
into messengers of Ana,
or is it muse?
Adieu, the wirehaired one
who drummed for dancing lines
and limned a million stars.
Adieu, the eaglenosed spirit,
from the land of splintered icons
Adieu, Skunder
whose name went before him,
whose fame trumped his age.

A spirit is in ascent, an ancestor departs...

-Chika Okeke
May 7, 2003

K^ Triennial Symposium Third
Call for Panel Proposals

Third Call for Panel/Roundtable Proposals
Deadline: September 15, 2003

13th International Triennial Symposium on African Art

African Art: Roots and Routes
Cambridge, Boston, and Salem, Massachusetts
March 31-April 3, 2004

The 13th Triennial Symposium on African Art is organized by the Art Council of the African Studies
Association (ACASA). Hosted by the Department of African and African American Studies and W.E.B.
Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, the conference will allow
participants to explore the African art collections and resources in the Boston area, among these the
Harvard University Art Museums, the Harvard University Peabody Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, and the Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem.

The theme of the conference encourages participants to explore how African visual practices have
moved across cultures, places and time and how the exchange of ideas has fostered vibrant new
forms of expression and interpretations in a global world.

This is a call for panel and roundtable proposals. Proposals should include:
A proposal not to exceed one page describing the theme and scope of the panel
A short abstract not to exceed 100 words to be published in the ACASA Newsletter and on the
H-AFRArts website
Potential participants with contact addresses
Contact information including address, phone, fax, and e-mail for the panel chair

The deadline for panel and roundtable proposals is September 15, 2003. A list of panels and
roundtables will be published in the Fall 2003 ACASA Newsletter and posted on the H-AFRArts
website. The deadline for paper proposals will be December 15, 2003.

Please submit proposals to Christraud M. Geary, Panels Chair. Electronic submissions are

Christraud M. Geary
Curator of African and Oceanic Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5597
Phone (617) 369-3226
Fax (617) 859-7031
E-mail cgeary@mfa.org

JI- ACASA Sieber
Dissertation Award

Nominations for the first ACASA Sieber Dissertation Award are requested from primary Ph.D. advisors for
outstanding dissertations on some aspect of African and /or African-related diaspora art, in any discipline.
Dissertations completed in the period from September 1, 2000, to September 1, 2003, are eligible for
consideration by the award committee. Advisors may nominate one dissertation only. Dissertations should be
submitted in English. The award of $500 will be given at the 13" ACASA Triennial, to be held in Cambridge, MA
in Spring 2004.

Dissertations (a CD-ROM copy, with text in Microsoft WORD) should be sent by the author to the chair of the
Sieber Dissertation Award Committee at the address below, along with a letter indicating author's name,
university affiliation, current address, email address, telephone, fax and the name of the nominating Ph.D.
advisor. In special cases when CD-ROM copies are not possible, dissertation chapters may be sent by email.
Advisors should ask their students to send their completed dissertations as soon as possible, but no later than
September 15, 2003.

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) an independent non-profit professional
association affiliated with the African Studies Association (ASA), was established to facilitate communication
among scholars, teachers, artists, museum specialists and all others interested in the arts of Africa and the
African Diaspora. Its goals are to promote greater understanding of African material and expressive culture in
all its many forms, and to encourage contact and collaboration with African and Diaspora artists and scholars.
Among its other activities, the Council fosters graduate student scholarship and conference participation,
through ACASA Triennial student travel grants and the Sieber Dissertation Award. The Sieber award was
established to honor the memory of Professor Roy Sieber, who through his research, writing and mentoring of
many Ph. D. students, has made a lasting contribution to the study of African art.

Elisha P.Rennne, committee chair Dr. Mary Jo Arnoldi
Sieber Dissertation Award Committee NMNH: Anthropology
Department of Anthropology The Smithsonian Institution
1020 LSA Bldg., 500 S. State St. 4600 Connecticut Ave. NW #220
University of Michigan Washington, DC 20008
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1328
Email: erenne@umich.edu Dr. Sylvester O. Ogbechie
Department of Art History and Architecture
Professor Paula Girshick University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Anthropology Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7080
Indiana University
Student Building 130
Bloomington, IN 47405

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