The Fowler Museum Presents Arts of the Ethiopian Church: Past, Present, and Future

Scholars consider the expressive traditions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, including the visual arts, music and literature. Afternoon panels will focus on the conservation and dissemination of Ethiopian heritage, past and present.

Saturday, May 07, 2005
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This symposium is being held in conjunction with the current Fowler exhibitions:

  • Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw
  • Ethiopian Crossroads: Photographs of a Land and its People

Morning Presentations:

  • Marilyn Heldman, Department of Art, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Kay Shelemay, Department of Music, African American Studies, and Ethnomusicology, Harvard University
  • Getatchew Haile, Department of Medieval Studies, St. John's University
  • Raymond Silverman, Guest Curator, Department of History of Art and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

Afternoon Presentations:


Moderator: Skip Cole, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History, UCSB

  • Ian Campbell, Cultural Resources Specialist, The World Bank, Washington, DC
  • George Abungu, Chairman, Kenya Cultural Center, Guest Scholar, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Leslie Rainer, Wall Painting Conservator, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Elias Wondimu, Co-founder, Ethiopian Heritage Trust, Published, Tsehai Publishers

Local Issues

Moderator:  Wassy Tesfa, Tesfa in Los Angeles

  • Alitash Kebede, Alitash Kebede Gallery
  • Qesis Melaku Awoka, Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church
  • Mesai Haileleul, Addis Arts


Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 4 for $7.

Fowler Museum of Cultural History310-825-8655

Sponsor(s): , Fowler Museum at UCLA, Symposium made possible by Ethiopian Heritage Project, Santa Barbara with additional support provided by the Yvonne Lenart Public Programs Fund, and UCLArts.