Collections

African Art

Democratic Republic of the Congo; Songye peoples

Nkisi (power figure)

African Art


The arts of the African continent combine beauty of form with rich cultural significance that can be appreciated by visitors of all ages. These brilliantly created objects express fundamental cultural beliefs and provide powerful statements about the artists and societies who create them. The UIMA holds one of the country's finest and most well-respected collections of African art, which is supplemented in the gallery by vivid textual and video displays. The African collection presents a well-rounded view of the artistic diversity found throughout the continent. In addition to world-renowned pieces from cultures in West and Central Africa, visitors will find works from all regions of the African continent in a wide range of media including figural sculpture, textiles, masks, ceramics, beadwork and metalwork.

For more information and educational resources related to African art go to our Art & Life in Africa website: africa.uima.uiowa.edu