Programs, Events, Activities (Kent)

The View From Here:

Contemporary Perspectives from Senegal

On view at the CVA Gallery at Kent State University (325 Terrace Dr., Kent, Ohio) from January 17 - February 22, 2019. All programs, events and activities are free and open to all.  No RSVP required unless noted.

Tours and Discussions

Friday, January 18, 1:30 p.m. – CVA Gallery

Exhibition Tour – Exclusive tour opportunity with Cleveland-based artist Dexter Davis and Curatorial Assistant Rachel Lieberman.  

(Canceled)  - 1-3 p.m. – CVA Gallery

“Mobility, Migration, and Movement: Contemporary Diasporas on Displacement”

Panel discussion featuring Talise A. Campbell (Djapo Cultural Arts Institute), Sylvie Coulibaly (Kenyon College), Lindsey Phillips (World Relief in Akron), and Joseph Underwood (Kent State University). Moderated by Abby Hermosilla (School of the Art Institute of Chicago).  

Friday, January 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – CVA Gallery 

“Colloquium on the Restitution of African Art”

A reading and discussion coordinated by Michelle Bumatay (Beloit College). To receive the PDF of the reading and to RSVP, email Abby Hermosilla at

Friday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. – Indiana University at Bloomington

Curator Joseph Underwood and artist Ibrahima Thiam will dialogue on the role of photography in both historical and contemporary contexts as part of the African Studies Colloquium.

Wednesday, February 6, 12:00 p.m. – CVA Gallery

“Coming Together: Postcolonial Art and Literature”

Professors Babacar M’Baye and Joseph Underwood will discuss how post-colonial ideology has shaped the landscape of Senegal to inspire writers and artists. Co-sponsored by the Read Center for International and Intercultural Education.


Family Activities

“The View From Here: A Collage of Our Own City”

Join us for a hands-on collage activity for elementary-age students inspired by artwork of Senegalese artist, Fally Sene Sow.  RSVP for these free events with Brooke Pandrea at

Friday, January 18, 3:45-5:45 p.m. – Stark County Library (Main) - 715 Main St. Canton, OH 44702

Thursday, January 24, 6-8 p.m. – Kent Free Library - 312 West Main St. Kent, OH 44240

Friday, February 8, 4 - 6 p.m. – Akron Summit County Public Library (Main) - 60 South High St. Akron, OH 44326


Special Events

Friday, January 25, 5-7 p.m. – CVA Gallery

Opening reception for the exhibition at Kent State University.  Full-color catalogs are available for purchase.  

January 22 - February 2

“Atelier with an Artist” 

Painter Ibrahima Dieye will be working on a new large-scale painting in various public spaces on campus and throughout NE Ohio over a two-week period.  Follow hashtag #ViewFromDieye on Instagram to see announcements of where he will be and see the work in progress!

Tuesday, February 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Oscar Ritchie Hall, Room 250

Movie screening of Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Léopold Senghor by Manthia Diawara followed by a discussion.