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1029 BOCIO 1 A2
1068 KUBA MWASH 2 F
1109 GITANGO 1
1036 IGBO MAIDEN 1
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1084 MASK BALLS ON HEAD 1
1061 GELDE YORUBA 2a
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1016 FEMALE ARMS OUT A2
1014 MASK 1 A2
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1993 K 13 BWA-NUNA 3
1993 K 2 BASSA MASK
1127 VIGANGO 12 C
1074 CHIWARA 1 A
1072 MONKEY MASK 1 B
1070 CHAMBA HELMUT 1MASK 4
1064 KUBA BWOOM 1
1060 PIRATE 1
1059 MENDE MASK 1
1053 FEATHERED HEAD DRESS 1
1045 DAN MASK METAL BIRD BEAK 1
1035 MALE MASK ZAMBLE 3
1034 DAN JK 1 A
1028 KUBA ANIMAL HAIR 1
1021 BEADED HAT 1 A
1052 BOY INITITTION MASK 1
1019 IBEJI TWINS 1
1010 A

San Diego Mesa College  World Cultures Collection  

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PAST EXHIBITION

Restorative Healing

 Art and healing rituals meant to restore harmony and balance in African communities.

The World Cultures art collection at Mesa College was initially assembled to introduce Mesa College students to art created for use in Africa. Over the past few years, the collection has expanded to include works of art from Asia, the Americas and the Pacific regions. The collection was established in 1976 by Art Historian Dr. Barbara Blackmun, when a few pieces of African Art were gratefully accepted from generous donors. The first large donations of African Art established the nucleus of a growing collection between 1983 and 1988, which continued until Dr. Blackmun's retirement in 2010. At that time, Art Historian Dr. Denise Rogers took over managing the collection to ensure that Mesa students as well as the larger community continue to have access to this valuable resource. With the ongoing generosity of donors, the collection has continued to grow over the years and currently there are over 1200 pieces in the collection from Africa, the Pacific Islands, MesoAmerica and the continent of Asia. 

 

Each Semester, Dr. Rogers and students enrolled in Art History courses exhibit selections from the collection in the Glass Gallery located on the first floor of the campus Learning Resource Center (LRC). The collection also enables students enrolled in the Mesa College Museum studies program to gain necessary hands on training. The collection will continue to serve as a valuable resource for students studying Art History, the Humanities, Black Studies, Studio Art as well as the general public.

You can help preserve the collection by making a tax deductible donation to the San Diego Mesa College Foundation. Your donation will go towards the purchase of Museum quality cabinets for proper storage and preservation materials to properly store these precious cultural artifacts. We hope we can count on you to make a significant donation to preserve the collection.