The Real Africa: Images from Ghana photographs by Vince Robinson

Kent State University Alumnus to exhibit photographs in Uumbaji Gallery

Kent, Ohio, January 17, 2017 —The Uumbaji Art Gallery located in Kent State University’s Oscar Ritchie Hall, is pleased to present “The Real Africa: Images from Ghana.”  The exhibit will show from January 24 to February 16, 2017.  An opening reception will take place Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with an artist presentation at 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

This exhibition will introduce Kent State University to the photographs of Vince Robinson, a Kent State University alumnus, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree cum laude in the 1980’s.  Vince was exposed to photography as a student of Timothy Moore in the mid-seventies. Now, nearly forty years later, he visited the continent of Africa as a photographer, equipped to view the landscapes, architecture and, most importantly, the vast array of people and their rich cultures. The photographs of the country of Ghana in this exhibit reflect the impact that this trip had on him.“I returned to America a changed person, deeply affected by all that I had observed and experienced.”
Vince is a photo-journalist who in the early eighties specialized in Jazz photography.  He has an extensive collection of photographs that include Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and many other notable artists.  As a photo-journalist, he earned recognition through his works published in Echelon Magazine, Crusader Arts and Entertainment News, Phenomenal Woman Magazine and Cleveland’s East Side Daily News.His photography was also featured internationally on Comedy from the Caribbean, a comedy television series filmed in the Bahamas and Jamaica with host A.J. Jamal and guests who include comedians Steve Harvey and Drew Carey.

In addition to photography, Vince is a member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.  He currently co-hosts 360 Info Network, airing on WERE-AM 1490 Radio in Cleveland, and internationally on Black Planet  He is also a director, producer, and host of the television program Open Door on Cable 9, Time Warner Cable in Summit County, Ohio.  Previously he produced and co-hosted Down to Business, a television show that aired on WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland.
He is the former host of JazzPoetry at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Robin’s Nest and Another Level.  He currently serves as host of the Nia Coffeehouse Open Mic series, a spoken word cultural event held in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  An accomplished slam poet, Vince was a member of the Cleveland Poetry Slam Teams that competed in the National Poetry Slam in Chicago (2003) and St. Louis (2004).  He has been the featured poet at venues around the state of Ohio and will be performing during the opening reception for this exhibit on Thursday, January 27 at 5:30p.m.

Robinson is also a public speaker and has appeared at several schools in Cleveland, the Bradley Center in Pittsburgh, and was the Keynote Speaker for the Jubilee Day Program of the Ross County NAACP; in 2013 he was the emcee of the Cleveland Urban League’s Men of Distinction Award program.
He has been recognized by Cleveland City Council for promoting literacy and history, working closely with Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and with his band, Vince Robinson & The Jazz Poets.  The band has been performing in the Cleveland area and other locations in the midwest since 1997, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The group was also featured on WVIZ TV25’s cultural arts program Applause on PBS.
This exhibit complements the Uumbaji Gallery commitment to exhibit works that speak to a wide audience, thereby exposing our students, faculty, staff and the community to global issues that are of interest to us all.  Our venue breaks barriers and encourages new dialogues.

For More information contact:

Moema Furtado

Curator-Uumbaji Gallery

Oscar Ritchie Hall-Room 134


phone: (865) 335-2670

POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:34pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 5:29pm