Date(s) - July 27, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts
Dibul Kouana: Curator Talks
Featuring talks by alumna curator Fiona McAliney (Class of 2021) and student curator Ella Rupp (Class of 2024), moderated by Dave Riep
Main and Americas Gallery, Thursday, July 27 at 5 p.m.
Celebrate Dibul Kouana: A Visual Language for Feminine Prestige and the peripheral installation Arts of the Cameroon Grasslands.
Join GAMA and Dave Riep, associate professor of art history, in welcoming Fiona McAliney (Class of 2021) and current art history student Ella Rupp (Class of 2024) for curator talks on beaded waist skirts and arts from the Cameroon grasslands. A reception will follow.
Free and open to all!
About the curators
Fiona McAliney graduated from CSU in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Art History and a minor in German. During her time as an undergraduate she studied Art History and Art Business with Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City. After graduating she began working at the Denver Art Museum in the Visitor Operations department before transitioning to the David Cook Galleries in downtown Denver where she currently works as the registrar.
Ella Rupp is a fourth-year student at CSU studying art history, anthropology, and museum studies. She currently works at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and is passionate about museums serving the public and creating a forward-thinking space. After graduation she hopes to continue working with museums, primarily in curation and attend graduate school.
David Riep received an M.A. in art history from the University of Kentucky (2005) and a Ph.D. (2011) in art history from the University of Iowa with a specialization in the arts of Africa. David’s area of research centers on South Sotho art and history in southern Africa. He spent more than five years living in South Africa between 2000 and 2011, working with several NGOs and completing his field research with support from a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Stanley Award for International Research.
Most recently, David has been involved in an ongoing multi-disciplinary project entitled Africa Meets Africa, which explores southern African cultural heritage and uses cultural context as a link to understanding the arts, mathematics, language, and history. This non-profit project produces a series of interactive learning materials for the South African public school system, including publications and DVDs, and provides educator training and support in the use of the materials.
In addition to his ongoing research, David is interested in the multidisciplinary topics of cultural formation and identity, and enjoys engaging with the concept of continuity and change in global art production. These interests have led him to produce several documentary films on the arts and cultures of southern Africa, which serve as an archive of artists, artistic processes, and culturally sensitive events, and allows one to contextualize the arts of Africa within a classroom setting. David served as an at-large member on the board of directors for the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) from 2012-2015, and was the association’s newsletter editor and liaison to the College Art Association (CAA).
Many thanks to alumna Julie Holding for her research and support!
Support for the museum’s exhibitions and programming is generously provided by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the FUNd Endowment at CSU, and Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the arts.