Upcoming Events


The Institute on Black Life has the pleasure of hosting a fundraising African art exhibition sponsored by Dr. Michael J Orlosky. The exhibition will feature a total of 32 items from Dr. Orlosky's personal collection and the Contemporary Art Museum, USF Tampa Campus. The exhibit will be open to the public from February 1- 11, 2022 at the Harbor Hall on the USF Saint Petersburg Campus. 

Opening of the African Art Exhibit: 

Image of a Ndoma

January 31, 2022


Harbor Hall in St. Petersburg
1000 3rd St S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Free and open to the public


Dr. Michael J Orlosky

Dr. Michael J Orlosky's (USF ‘78 Medicine) personal art collection from the Ivory Coast was acquired from local craftsmen in 1972 during a summer when Dr. Orlosky worked in the Ivory Coast. The pieces represent an array of traditional carvings, tapestries, games, and garments.

Contemporary Museum of Art, USF Tampa Campus

The Contemporary Museum of Art, USF Tampa Campus, is loaning pieces from its African art collection from the Ivory Coast.

The Institute on Black Life serves as a resource center on the history and culture of the Black experience in Africa and the African Diaspora with a focus on Blackness. In addition, to facilitate and support knowledge production through research and scholarly exchange, enhance local and global community engagement, and support and promote student success.