Current Location:
Glenn A. Niemeyer Honors Hall -> 2nd Floor (HON)
Location Notes:
HON; Academic, 2nd fl., Rm. 218

“Knowledge is Better than Riches“ by Damballah Dolphus Smith

Artwork
Identifier:
2008.221.1
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Poster reproduction of original artwork
Date:
circa 2008
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 24 in Width: 24 in
Description:
Image of a wooden human-like figure pointing to a gold block. Black background and purple border.
Historical Context:
Damballah Dolphus Smith was a Washington-based visual artist and who studied at the Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Exhibition of Contemporary African American Art in Atlanta, Georgia. His works can be found in both public and private collections, including the Afro-American Museum of History and Culture in Philadelphia. His works have also been published in select magazines, journals and essays. On his work, he states: "The images which have evolved from my life force have always been spiritual/cultural. The infinity of ancestral spirits has been a central recurring theme in my work." The title of this piece, "Knowledge is Better than Riches", is a popular Cameroonian proverb.