The Leatherby Libraries honors African Art Forms, including modern and historical sculptures, paintings, pottery, rock art, textiles, masks, personal decoration, and jewelry.

This display educates patrons about contemporary and ancient African art forms and their lasting artistic influences.

Titles such as African Art; Its Background and Traditions by René S. Wassing and Early Art and Architecture of Africa by Peter Garflake discuss the religious symbolism that inspired African Art Forms in 23,000 BCE. Titles such as Contemporary African Art by Sidney Littlefield Kasfir and An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century by N’Goné Fall and Jean Loup Pivin discuss the maturation and influence of modern-day African art. 

This display can be viewed on the first floor of the Leatherby Libraries. The complete bibliography can be viewed here on the Digital Commons.

This display was curated by Leatherby Libraries Student Employees Isabella Piechota ’25 and Kalea Brown ’26.