African Artifacts on Display in McCarthy Gallery Exhibit | Benedictine College

African Artifacts on Display in McCarthy Gallery Exhibit

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The McCarthy Gallery of Art and the Art Department at Benedictine College are excited to announce the opening of African Artifacts: Gifts and Keepsakes on Wednesday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m.

All artwork on display comes from the private collection of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, and includes gifts from Sister Marie Ballman, OSB, Sister Georgia McGarry, OSB, and Sister Barbara McCracken, OSB.

Several artifacts in the exhibit were collected during the doctoral studies of Sister McGarry, who intended the objects to be used for the education of students in area schools. Sister Ballman received many objects as gifts while teaching English in southern Tanzania. For these reasons, classes and groups are invited to take advantage of this exhibit and experience African Artifacts up close.

The African masks, sculpture, utensils, paintings, and textiles given to the Sisters were not produced as “museum pieces,” but rather as objects for use in daily and ritual life. Textiles, gourds, wood, and clay have been used to produce objects that have strength both functionally and aesthetically.

African Artifacts presents objects from Tanzania, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and brings together work typical of the Asante, Makonde, Mende, Senufo, and Yoruba peoples.

The McCarthy Gallery of Art is located on the Benedictine College campus in Bishop Fink Hall. The show will be on display Sept. 23 - Oct. 14 and will remain open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To schedule group and class visits please contact Clare Giesen at