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Brush Gallery to Feature Kenya Program

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of St. Lawrence University’s Kenya Semester Program, a three-part exhibition displayed through June 12 at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will demonstrate the institution’s deep engagement with Africa.  

An exhibit in the art gallery hallway includes photographs arranged by themes over time that illustrate the variety of student experiences in the Kenya program, including classroom study in Nairobi (including a Swahili course), field research across Kenya and Tanzania, urban and rural homestays, and independent study during which students collaborate with host organizations throughout the region.

In the main gallery, prints from renowned humanitarian photographer David duChemin showcase the development work of Kathleen Colson ’79 and her NGO, The Boma Project, which helps communities across northern Kenya alleviate extreme poverty.  

A third exhibition features student artwork from Obiora Udechukwu, St. Lawrence professor of art and art history, and his Nigerian uli drawing and studio art courses. West African textiles from the Christopher Roy ’70 and Nora Leonard ’69 Roy Collection are also on display alongside traditional Yoruba carvings and masks from the gallery’s permanent collection.

The exhibit will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. from May 30 until June 12, with freeadmission. For more information, contact the Brush Art Gallery at 229-5174 or visit www.stlawu.edu/gallery.

Learn more about St. Lawrence's Engaging Africa Initiative.