Valdosta State University will hold an Art in Odum gallery opening on the third floor of Odum Library Monday, March 31 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The event includes the opening of the university's Valdosta Artists gallery and the Songye collection of African art, as well as a featured presentation from the nationally recognized artist, Amalia Amaki.
Amaki will discuss art and inclusion, in accordance with VSU's yearlong "50 Years of Integration: A Celebration of Inclusion."
Amaki is held in high regard at VSU for having created its signature piece, "Dances with Books." The work features two children dancing on books including one book on the life of the late William H. Mobley, a longtime donor and supporter of Odum Library.
Currently a professor of art, art history and visual studies at the University of Alabama, Amaki has exhibited work in shows throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa and South America.
Amaki is also the curator of the University of Alabama's Paul R. Jones Art Collection, which is one of the largest collections of African American Art in the world.
Many of the artists represented in the gallery will attend the event. A permanent installation of art from the Democratic Republic of the Congo donated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the African art exhibit includes arts masks and power figures.