April 04, 2005

World expert on African art will speak at SIUC

by Paula Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A free lecture by one of the world's foremost authorities on African and Afro-Atlantic art will speak at 7 p.m., Friday, April 22, in Lawson Hall, Room 161, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Art historian Robert Farris Thompson is a professor of art history at Yale University.

He will deliver the academic year’s final Visiting Artist Lecture. The School of Art and Design, part of the College of Liberal Arts, sponsors the series. His talk is free and open to the public.

A captivating lecturer, he often breaks into song and dance and drums during his presentations.

Thompson won the Leadership Award of the Arts Council of the United States African Studies Association for his contributions to scholarship in African and African-American Arts in 1995.

Providing cultural experiences to the greater community is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.