GAVA holds lecture on the role of Visual Artists in national dev’t

The Ghana Association of Visual Artists (GAVA), in collaboration with the Centre for National Culture (Arts Centre) Accra will hold its maiden Annual Lecture on the theme ‘Developing the spirit of innovation, creativity and resourcefulness — The role of the visual artist’.

The lecture which will be held under the Auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, seeks to identify and address the critical role Visual Artists play in national development.

Guest Speaker for the event to be held on Thursday November 21 is Professor Kojo Fosu, Former Dean of the College of Art at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Professor Kojo Fosu earned his Under Graduate and Post Graduate studies at the Howard University, Washington DC.

He was the Project Research Director, African Contemporary Art Exhibition, Howard University, Washington, Dc, 1975-1977 and Curator, African Music Centre, Howard University, Washington, DC, USA in 1977.

In 1983-1986 he occupied the position of Acting Head Department of Art, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and Head of Dept. of Art Education, KNUST, Kumasi, 1993-1997. He later became the Dean, College of Art, KNUST (1993-1997).

His Academic awards includes: Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, AT&T and NC State Universities, NC, USA, 1997-1999, Africana Scholar, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, 1993, Gold Award for the Arts, Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences, 1988, Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and National Conference of Artists, District of Colombia Chapter, Washington, D.C, USA, 1997

Professor Kojo Fosu’s notable publications includes: 4 Books, 12 Journal Articles, 30 Catalogues, 12 Scholarly papers presented at Seminars in USA, Europe & Africa, 20 Lectures delivered¬† in USA, Europe & Africa, 15 Art Exhibitions curated in USA, Nigeria & Ghana, 5 TV Series on African Arts & Culture on Channel 9, Washington, DC, USA, 1974-1976.

He is currently a Part Time- Post Retirement Lecturing, Department of Art Education, University of Education Winneba.

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