ACASA Awards for Curatorial Excellence

ACASA is pleased to announce a new initiative, The Awards for Curatorial Excellence. The awards recognize the important contributions to the dissemination and understanding of African and African Diaspora Arts made through exhibitions.  Temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations organized by museums, galleries, cultural centers, and exhibition spaces of all sorts are eligible. Three ACASA Awards for Curatorial Excellence will be given per triennial cycle, beginning with the Triennial Symposium in Ghana in August 2017.  To be considered, exhibitions must have been on view between September 1, 2013 and August 30, 2016. Exhibitions opening after August 30, 2016 will be eligible for the awards at the 2020 Triennial.

Please see here for details.


Call for Proposals: ACASA Triennial 2017

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art, hosted by the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies (IAS)
Triennial Symposium August 8 – 13, 2017 will be held on the University of Ghana, Legon campus. The symposium will begin with Museum Day on August 8, followed by panels and roundtable discussions from August 9 –13.

Please see here for details.

Call for ACASA Newsletter items: Deadline Friday September 16th, 2016

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) is inviting members to submit items for the Fall 2016 association newsletter. Items may include announcements for conferences and symposia, calls for papers and proposals, exhibitions, current publications and resources, member news, and upcoming events. ACASA is also encouraging members to submit images for the “Picture This” section. The editorial staff is interested in presenting a broad spectrum of field- and/or object-related images, and will consider all submissions. All photos used will fall under the terms of Fair Use, and will include by-line information. Owners will maintain copyright of the images.

Please send all submissions to Deborah Stokes at or Leslie Rabine at


ACASA 17th Triennial Symposium

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CFP: ACASA 17th Triennial Symposium

See here for submission guidelines. The next Triennial Symposium of the ACASA will be held in Ghana from August 9 to August 13, 2017.  To read more about it, please see the article written by the Ghana News Agency here.

ACASA 16th Triennial Symposium held at the Brooklyn Museum


The 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art was held at the Brooklyn Museum from March 19 to March 22, 2014.  The conference was organized by Kevin Dumouchelle, Triennial Chair, and the conference program was developed by Gary van Wyk, Program Chair. The 16th Triennial at Brooklyn considered the full range of topics related to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora currently being addressed by ACASA members—from considerations of the archaeological and archival contexts of historical African art to examinations of emerging artistic practices on and off the continent. Like the accomplished Lega elder who once used a three-headed sakimatwemtwe figure, ACASA members looked to the future and the past, simultaneously. A Local Arrangements Committee assembled with the task of enhancing the symposium experience and ensuring a successful event. The members of this committee were: Yaelle Biro (Volunteer Coordinator), Dana Elmquist (Outreach Coordinator), Roger Arnold (Symposium Coordinator), Christa Clarke, Ed DeCarbo, Kate Ezra, Barbara Frank, Frederick Lamp, Gary van Wyk, Susan Vogel, Jerry Vogel.


Learn more about the Brooklyn Museum, host for the Sixteenth ACASA Triennial Symposium, including its collections, exhibitions, and mission.


For a full listing of symposium panels and roundtables, click here.

Dr. Kim Berman Addressed 16th ACASA Triennial Symposium

ACASA is pleased to announce Kim Berman as keynote speaker for the Sixteenth ACASA Triennial Symposium on African Art. Dr. Berman addressed ACASA attendees on Saturday, March 22 at 5:00 PM in Brooklyn Museum’s Cantor Auditorium.

Berman is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Co-founder and Executive Director of the Artist Proof Studio (APS), a community-based printmaking center in Newtown, JoKim B pichannesburg. Berman is also an accomplished artist, whose art engages social and political transformation in her native South Africa, and beyond. In 1997, she initiated the Paper Prayers campaign to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and promote advocacy through the visual arts. In 2000, Berman implemented Phumani Paper, a national poverty alleviation program that supports craft enterprises in handmade paper and crafts throughout South Africa.

Berman has lectured and exhibited widely in South Africa and internationally. She received her B.F.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1981 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University in 1989. In 2009, she earned a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand completing a thesis entitled “Agency, Imagination and Resilience: Facilitating Social Change through the Visual Arts in South Africa.” Dr. Berman’s talk will address the intersection of art and activism, and the role that art can play in connecting communities and overcoming social and political boundaries.