Craftsman at work | Arts & Culture

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Craftsman at work

Craftsman at work

The public is invited to observe James Acheampong, a master drum carver from Ghana, who is at work weekdays on the third floor of Palmer Commons.

Acheampong (photo right) is head of the Sculpture Section in the Visual Arts Department at the Center for National Culture (CNC) in Kumase. During his residency, he will introduce drum carving as an artistic expression. He will spend the month carving Cordia Wood (Twenboa) tree stumps into a set of drums specific to the Akan Region in Ghana.

Faculty members are invited to schedule a class visit to observe James at work by contacting: or 936-2777.

This residency is co-sponsored by the International Institute, Rackham Dean’s Office, and the King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professors Program Center for World Performance Studies, University of Michigan International Institute.