Okoche OTA

Sculptor Address: Department of Fine &Applied Arts, Institute of Management &Technology, Enugu, Enugu State. Birth: November 11, 1949, in Mgbom Town, Afikpo Local Government Area, Abia State. Training: Certificate of Merit, Federal Department of Antiquities, Jos Museum, Jos, 1974; attended government handicraft and vocational school, Afikpo, perfecting sculpting skills in wood and metal. Profile: Full name, Ota-Okoche Ota; accredited collector of antiquities for several institutions including the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, the Archeology Museum, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Centre for Nigerian Cultural Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the National Museum of Monuments, Federal Department of Antiquities in Jos, Enugu and Lagos, 1971-1975; traveled to the United States on USIS-sponsored program, 1977; teacher, sculpture, Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu, from 1980; sculpts Afikpo masks. Member: Nigerian Museum Society; Sculptors' Guild of Nigeria; Society of Nigerian Artists. Solo Exhibitions Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 1973. National Museum, Jos, April 1974. National Museum, Lagos, August 1974. "Afikpo Masks," Department of Fine Arts and Centre for Nigerian Cultural Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, October 1974. British Council, Ibadan and Kaduna, 1975, 1976 and 1979. "US Premier Exhibition of Afikpo Masks," African-American Institute, Washington, DC, October 1977. "African Arts, Masks and Sculptures," Paley Library, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, October 1977. "African Arts, Masks and Sculptures," Washington, DC, October 1977. "African Arts Exhibition," Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company, Enugu, July 1983. "Sculpture Exhibition," Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, November 1983. "Re-Creation, An Exhibition of Visual Thoughts," British Council, Enugu, June 27- July 1, 1988. Group Exhibitions "Afikpo-Igbo Ritual Masks," East Central State Festival of Arts, Enugu, 1972. "Masks and Sculptures," University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 1972. University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, 1974. "Contemporary Nigerian Art Exhibition," Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA, 1975. August 1 1977*™' Nlgerian Cultural Association' University of Ibadan, Ibadan, African Studies Workshop, Houston, Texas, USA, November 2-5, 1977 "Contemporary African Art," French Cultural Centre, Enugu, 1983. "African Art," French Cultural Centre, Enugu, June 25-29, 1985. Science and Technology Exhibition, Institute of Management &Technology, Enugu, October 4-11, 1986. 5// 5 / "Expo 87: All Polytechnic Exhibition," Durbar Hotel, Kaduna, November 4-7, 1987. "Contemporary Art Exhibition," Nigerian Union of Journalists Press Centre, Enugu, October 1990. 6 Commissions Sculpture, two-door wood panel, "Ehugbo," Quintessence, Lagos, 1979-1980. Sculpture, "The Unknown Soldier," Enugu, 1985-1986. [joint]. Sculptures, plastic and mixed media, "Fertility-Royalty," United Bank of Africa, Enugu, 1986. Public Collections African-American Institute, Washington, DC. Wood and mixed media: masks, 1972. British Council, Enugu. Sculpture, plastic and mixed media: "Omume," 1988. State House, Enugu. Sculpture, plastic and mixed media, 1990.
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