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African Tribal Art

January 19, 2021


In recognition of Black History Month, the West Valley Art Museum is presenting a unique
exhibit titled “African Art in the Cycles of Life” featuring rare, unusual art works from the
collection of Robert Glenn. The vast collection represents numerous tribes in many countries
including Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria and Zaire to name a few. Mr.
Glenn, a resident of the West Valley, acquired the items over many years, starting in 1989.

The tribal art pieces are made primarily of wood, bronze or terra cotta and hand crafted.
Such tribal art is almost never meant to beautify or decorate. It is used for tribal worship,
rituals, magic and communicating with the super-natural. Forces unleashed by their various
societal needs created art works of great artistic skill, stylistic diversity and expressive
qualities. The world of African tribal art is one of content and expressive form.

This special African tribal art exhibit opened on January 19 and will continue on view, free to
the public, through March 4. The WVAM Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Peoria City
Hall at 8401 W. Monroe Street in Old Town Peoria. Masks are required as you enter and
WVAM observes all required safety and health protocols. The Gallery is open Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Thursdays from noon to 6 pm.

Stop by soon to enjoy a relaxed environment and marvel at the artistic and creative diverse
representation of items used in the life cycles of people within various tribes in Africa.

For group tours or additional information, contact West Valley Art Museum at
or 623-972-0635

  • January 19, 2021
  • 12:00 am