Friedman Gallery presents 'From the Heart of Africa — Masks, Fetishes and More'

LEHMAN, Pa. — More than 50 African artifacts, including masks, jewelry, robes, statues, drums and fetishes will be on display in the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Art Gallery from Sept. 24- Nov. 29. These delicate creations are being loaned from the Lawrence Troutman African Art Collection.

Troutman has been an avid collector of African art since 1995, building his collection throughout the years. He has made multiple trips to study African art collections at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museums in New York City. He also studied reference materials related to the topic. The pieces in this display came from a variety of tribes throughout Africa. Most items were imported to the United States by an African-arts importer from New York City.

The Friedman Art Gallery lies within the Nesbitt Academic Commons on the bottom floor and gives students and local artists a chance to display their work or feature their private collections. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jonathan Pineno, gallery director, will present a scholarly lecture about the collection on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in AC 103 from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Both the event and the exhibit are open to the public. For more information, contact Jonathan Pineno at jpp245@psu.edu or 570-675-9159.