(Peru, Neb.) – In celebration of Black History Month in February, Peru State College will be showcasing the permanent collection of African art donated by Dr. Natalie Hahn.

The art will be featured from February 8 through 29 in the AV Larson Gallery on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks. A reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

This past fall, Peru State dedicated the Dr. Natalie Hahn African Art Collection which Hahn gave to the Peru State College Foundation. Hahn, a Polk, Neb. native, donated over 200 pieces. Many of the pieces are on display in academic buildings on campus. 

Associate Professor of Art, Susan Moore stated, “I am excited to announce the return of Peru State College's African Art Collection for the month of February. Dr. Natalie Hahn generously donated an incredible collection of artworks from her life’s work while in Africa. For Black History Month we are eager to bring back this show in a new presentation of various artworks in photography, painting, and sculpture.” 

The gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Moore at smoore@peru.edu or at 402-872-2237.

Nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska, Peru State College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees. Established in 1867 as Nebraska’s first college, Peru State has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs annually to nearly 2,000 students.