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Out of Africa Returns to South Main Arts District

Photo: Emily Zachry

Photo: Emily Zachry

In keeping with the city’s Black History Month celebration, the Art Village Gallery, located on South Main, will host the fifth edition of the art exhibition Out of Africa.

out of africa exhibit at art village gallery

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month, the Art Village Gallery is making it easy. This downtown art exhibition will feature contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Namely, the exhibition will feature the creative works of four artists, including Nigerian-born artists, Adéwálé Adénlé, Norbert Okpu and Houston-based Robert Pruitt and Trinidadian-born, Los Angeles based Mile Regis. Additionally, the event will feature a variety of other special events, performances and talks.

“The exhibition will honor the traditional concepts of African art, but also introduce an interesting mix and match of modern and contemporary expressions and techniques,” says Out of Africa curator and gallery director, Sheila Urevbu. “My goal is to continue to expose our neighborhood and surrounding community to other cultures using the language of art.”


  • Collector’s Preview + PRESS Reception – Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. – Free
    • An invitation-only preview for contemporary collectors, invited guests and the media/press
  • Out of Africa Opening Party – Friday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. – Free
    • An open-to-the-public event with a cappuccino pop-up bar and snacks
  • Art + Music: Beats of Africa Dance Party – Friday, Jan. 26 from 9 to 11 p.m. – $10
  • Art + Film: Screening of Sankofa – Thursday, Feb. 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. – $10
  • Art + Culture: Lost Roots Panel Discussion – Saturday, Feb. 17 from 4 – 6 p.m. – Donations accepted
  • Art + Poetry: Reading of Dream of a Land – Saturday, Feb. 24 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. – $10


  • All events will be located at Art Village Gallery (410 S Main Street)
    • The Out of Africa exhibition will include both the upper and newer lower level exhibition space in the gallery

Get your tickets in advance here.

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