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ABOUT THE FOURTH FLOOR ART GALLERY

Standing as a montage of photographs, articles, documents, and personal memorabilia, is The Wilhelmina Delco Story. This permanently encased installation celebrates the life and legacy of Wilhelmina Ruth Fitzgerald Delco.
 
The Wilhelmina Delco Story 
The Wilhelmina Delco Story

Mrs. Delco served in the Texas House of Representatives, Austin’s 50th legislative District, from 1975 until retiring in 1995. She served as Chair of the House Higher Education Committee, and proved to be a major force in Texas’ initiative to allocate financial support to Prairie View A&M University, funding that for decades had been denied to the school. Additional state funding has not only kept this university’s doors open, but also allowed for exponential growth and development of programs and facilities. This installation illustrates the many ways that Mrs. Delco has enriched numerous lives and the fact that Prairie View is eternally indebted to her for all that she has done for our students.

University’s African Art Collection
University’s African Art Collection 

The Fourth Floor Art Gallery also features a permanent encasement of the university’s African Art collection– approximately 300 art objects by various cultures from the continent of Africa. Our collection is the result of several generous donors’ gifts since 2000. Featured in this collection are several masks, drums, beaded works, furniture, and sculptures. Currently, the majority of this collection consists of art made by cultures in western Africa. Among the West African art objects displayed from the collection are Baoule and Yoruba statuary figures, Ibibio and Ibo ceremonial masks from Nigeria, and Benin bronze sculptures. Serving the students as a resource, permanently exhibiting this collection supports the library’s responsibility to enhance scholarship, promote learning about diverse cultures, and the value of the cultures across the continent of Africa. 

 

Section of the central corridor
Section of the central corridor
 

The central corridor is the 3500 square feet changeable region of gallery. The central corridor exhibits emerging as well as acclaimed artists. The first exhibition in this space was of the library’s most recently acquired litho and serigraph illustrations by Betye Saar, John Wilson, Dean Mitchell, and Pheobe Beasley. These illustrations are featured in a series of limited edition artists’ books with accompanying text by Zora Neal Hurston Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes. Expanding upon the initial exhibition’s efforts to enrich the community’s appreciation of self expression, a major focus of the central corridor is showing work by artists of color. Though not limited to solely exhibiting art made by people of color, the central corridor serves as the campus’ window to artists and exhibits that normally can only be viewed in a major urban center. We are eager to review proposals for exhibitions. To learn more about how to exhibit work in the Fourth Floor Art Gallery visit out Exhibition Opportunities page

 

 

 


Subject Content by Lauren Kelley-Oliver, Art Curator
Maintained by Karl Henson, Library Webmaster
Updated 4/9/2012

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