The Uumbaji Art Gallery in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to invite applications from individuals or organizations.

The Uumbaji Art Gallery is a space dedicated to examining themes about global Africa and its diasporas, social justice and other issues facing Peoples of Color. However, it is also a space that embraces themes not directly related to Africa and its diasporas. We select proposals based on the quality of the artwork, how it fits in with our theme, as well as the interest your proposed show may have for the entire university and surrounding community. We encourage applications that reflect a variety of media, styles and viewpoints.

Current Exhibit
Latinos in Rural America
















Kent State University, Ohio-The Uumbaji Gallery located in Oscar Ritchie Hall on Kent State University’s campus is pleased to present Latinos in Rural America (LiRA) a photography exhibit organized by Clara Román-Oido, professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and Director of the Latino/a Studies program at Kenyon College. An opening reception will take place Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Remarks from Clara Román-Oido will begin at 5:30 p.m.  A special dance performance by the children from Proyeto Raices, a local Hispanic community organization in Akron, will begin at 6 p.m.  Lastly, delicious chicken tamales, mexican rice and beans and salad will be served.  The exhibit will show from October 5th thru October 21st, 2016.  Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  This exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.  Parking for the opening reception is free and open to the public and is located behind Oscar Ritchie Hall or the Center for the Visual arts.

Upcoming Exhibits


Dates of Exhibit: OCTOBER 31 – DECEMBER 1, 2016


Featured ARTISTS: Michael Aschenbrenner; Scoth Brickey; David Farrow; Coty Gianelli; Leonna Gillett; Jacob D Hostetler; Patrick Lawlor; Patrick K. Mckenna; James Rymer

War Veterans Commemoration Sponsors:

Kent State University Division of Student Affairs, School of the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, May 4th Center, Wick Poetry Center, Center for Adult and Veteran Services, Pan African Studies Department, Veterans Club, My 4th Task Force,  and The Wounded Warriors Project.

Want to exhibit in the Uumbaji Gallery?

Individuals and organizations who wish to utilize the Uumbaji gallery are asked to submit the following documents:

View the Gallery Floor Plan (PDF)

previous Exhibit photos