Matt Helmer 491-6626 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Abby Fledderjohn 491-2810 or email@example.com
“From Zaire to the Congo: Arts of Central Africa” in Curfman
Gallery runs through Dec. 16
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday
9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
Take a break to visit Central Africa before the end of the
“From Zaire to the Congo: Arts of Central Africa” is on display
in the Curfman Gallery, located in the south end of the Lory
Student Center for the rest of the semester.
The exhibit gives a glimpse of more than pieces of art; it
includes a brush with another culture, from masks and weapons to
continuous African music.
“The exhibit is tangible. You are not limited to what a textbook
can tell you,” said Abby Fledderjohn, public relations intern for
the Curfman Gallery. “You are only limited to the extent of your
The exhibit is a display of items from the student center’s
Carlen Collection of African Art, according to press releases. The
collection was donated throughout 20 years by CSU alumnus John
Carlen and his wife Mary Pat Carlen, wrote Matthew Helmer,
coordinator for Campus Activities, in an e-mail interview.
“The final gift was made in December 2003, and this was our
first opportunity to exhibit this much of the collection since the
donation was completed,” Helmer wrote.
He said this is the most extensive display of the
“I think this exhibition, while by no means a definitive
narrative on the multitude of peoples and cultures in the Congo,
provides students with an experience (of another culture) in a
space that is familiar, comfortable and part of their everyday CSU
experience,” Helmer wrote.