‘Rites and Passages’ to be on display from Feb. 7-April 16

Marietta College’s Art Department will conduct an opening reception for “Rites and Passages: Selected Artifacts from the Marietta College African Art Collection,” from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 7th, in Gallery 310 of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition runs through April 16th and it is comprised of works of art from Western and Central Africa. All of the selected pieces revolve around the themes of “Rites and Passages.” Most of the cultures included in the show have animistic belief systems, through reverence of nature, deities, and ancestors they commune with the invisible realms. The pieces selected are items that illustrate cultural mediation between the profane and sacred.

“I have included divination objects, totems, and masks that are utilized during important rites of passage,” said Renée Waite, guest curator and instructor of Art History at Marietta College.

Gallery 310 at Marietta College aims to present diverse and stimulating exhibitions, which will enrich the artistic culture and education of the campus, community and region. Gallery 310 supports teaching, learning, and exploration in the liberal arts through rotating exhibitions and related programs. Gallery 310 is a place for intellectual curiosity, shared programming with the greater campus community, and a teaching space for students looking to enhance his/her experience for future careers in gallery and museum-related fields.

Gallery 310, located on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center at Marietta College, is open from noon-4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or by appointment atgallery310@marietta.edu. Gallery 310 observes all Marietta College holidays and breaks. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.


Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy back in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers more than 50 majors and is consistently ranked as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation’s best by Forbes.com. Marietta was selected seventh in the nation according to the Brookings Institution’s rankings of colleges by their highest value-added, regardless of major. Marietta College has also been named a Great College to Work For two consecutive years (2018 and 2019).

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