Marietta College to display African art

MARIETTA — Marietta College’s Art Department will conduct an opening reception for “Rites and Passages: Selected Artifacts from the Marietta College African Art Collection” from 5-7 p.m. Friday in Gallery 310 of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition runs through April 16 and is comprised of works of art from Western and Central Africa.

All the pieces revolve around the themes of “Rites and Passages.”

Most of the cultures included in the show have animistic belief systems, through reverence of nature, deities, and ancestors they commune with the invisible realms. The pieces selected are items that illustrate cultural mediation between the profane and sacred.

“I have included divination objects, totems, and masks that are utilized during important rites of passage,” said Renee Waite, guest curator and instructor of Art History at MC.

Gallery 310 at Marietta College aims to present diverse and stimulating exhibitions, which will enrich the artistic culture and education of the campus, community and region. It supports teaching, learning, and exploration in the liberal arts through rotating exhibitions and related programs.

Gallery 310, located on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center at Marietta College, is open from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or by appointment at gallery310@marietta.edu. Gallery 310 observes all Marietta College holidays and breaks. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.