The African Arts Collection
The African collection at Mesa College was assembled to introduce Mesa's students intimately to art created for use in Africa. It is a valued resource in African art courses offered by art historian Barbara Winston Blackmun. The collection was begun in the late 1970s, when a few examples were gratefully accepted from generous students and friends. The first large donations established the nucleus of a growing collection between 1983 and 1988.
From time to time, Mesa's Art Gallery exhibits selections from our African artworks. We also borrow fine African art from other collectors, in order to present exhibitions of several weeks' duration, each with a unifying theme.