Dr. Tolulope Filani's Artistic Display featured at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TDiety of an African Weddinghe artistic display of “A Retrospective: Endless possibilities in clay, plastic, wood, wax and bronze” by Dr. Tolulope Filani, chairman of the department of Visual and Performing Arts and Arts Education Coordinator at SC State will be exhibited from Feb. 17, 2009 through Feb. 26, 2009 at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center in Orangeburg, S.C.

The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center will also host a ‘meet the artist’ reception on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in honor of Filani’s exhibition.

Through his artistic display, Filani combines elements of traditional African three-dimensional works in a synergistic interaction with Western ideas. Filani’s approach synthesizes a highly personal and completely unique formal expressiveness across a wide range of canonical possibilities.

“As an artist, I like to think of art as physical manifestations of human intellectual triumph,” said Filani. “I see art as a tool in a sense of a unique language by which humans convey both intrinsic and extrinsic cultural realities of life,” he continued.

Filani’s awards include the first place United National Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization prize for promotion of the arts in Lagos, Nigeria. He has exhibited internationally in London, Paris, and Nigeria. His works are included in major public and private collections in Nigeria, England, France, Italy, India, and America.

Filani earned his bachelor of arts, masters of education, and Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Art Education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO; a Diploma in Management for Administrators in Lagos, Nigeria; and the Higher National Diploma in Sculpture from Yaba College of Technology in Yaba-Lagos, Nigeria.

Filani owned a sculpture studio with metal casting facilities and an Art Gallery in Lagos Nigeria, where he executed several significant artistic projects.

For more information contact Dr. Tolulope Filani, SC State’s chairman of the department of Visual and Performing Arts, at (803) 536-7101.