September 5 – October 20, 2013

SUArt Galleries

The Syracuse University Art Galleries is pleased to present Nyumba ya Sanaa: Works from the Maryknoll Collection, an exhibition of recent acquisitions to the University Art Collection that will introduce the Central New York community to Tanzanian artwork created in the last quarter of the 20th century. Curated by SUArt Galleries Director Domenic J. Iacono, the exhibition will present 90 pieces of original artwork featuring a breadth of media including painting, sculpture and printmaking, and highlight over a dozen artists.

In 2012, the Syracuse University Art Galleries was chosen as a repository for the Maryknoll Collection, a gift of the Maryknoll Sisters of over 170 original works of art by twenty-two Tanzanian artists, including prints, drawings, watercolors, sculpture and textiles. The collection contains artwork created at Nyumba ya Sanaa (“House of Art” in Swahili), a Cultural Centre and art workshop located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Founded in 1972 by Sister Jean Pruitt a Maryknoll Sister, the Centre’s mission was to support local artists, and to help them display and sell their works, among other cultural activities. The Centre also participated in vocational training in the arts, including art and crafts, fine art paintings, sculpture and wood carving, modeling plaster and cutting metal. Among alumni from the school are world famous artists George Lilanga, Robino Ntila, and Francis Patrick Imanjama, each of whom were invited by numerous European galleries to exhibit their works. Through the years, Nyumba ya Sanaa emerged not only as a Centre for artists, but also a cultural attraction for Tanzania that attracted dignitaries and royalty to the Centre, including Crown Prince Harald V and Princess Sonya of Norway, and Prince Charles of Wales.

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