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Renowned silversmith, artist and bead designer to visit APSU

April 1, 2002

The African American Cultural Center and the African American Studies Program at Austin Peay State University welcome Kwabena Ogunlade, a West African silversmith, artist and bead designer, to APSU April 1-3.

Ogunlade is the curator of the only African bead museum in Africa. A third-generation silversmith, Ogunlade learned the ancient skills from his family. His beaded jewelry and sterling silver creations have been exhibited in museums and are a part of personal collections throughout the world.

"Throughout African societies, beads are significant. A string of beads, depending upon type, can signify wealth, social status, age or the transition from childhood to adulthood," said Dr. Nancy J. Dawson, director of the African American Studies Program.

Jewelry demonstrations are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Monday, April 1, and from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 3, in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.

Ogunlade will discuss "Beads and African Culture" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.

"This provides an opportunity for people to broaden and enrich their knowledge of the tradition of African jewelry making, particularly as it pertains to beads and bead making," said Dr. Jacqueline Wade, director of the African American Cultural Center.

In addition to Ogunlade's visit, Dawson and Dr. Allene Phy-Olsen, director of APSU's Honors Program, designed an African bead and jewelry exhibit, which will be displayed in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center April 1-3.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, telephone 7120.