Avenir Gallery in the UCA

Current Exhibition: August 27, 2018 – January 19, 2019

"Armed with Proverbs": Khanga Cloth in Africa


The name for this exhibition comes from a line in the 2008 poem I Am Khanga by Khwezi of South Africa, which speaks to the purpose and power of khanga cloth, a light weight, rectangular printed cotton worn primarily by women in several countries across the African continent. The design printed on khanga cloth always has a four-sided border, a motif inside the border, and a proverb or phrase usually written in Kiswahili. The language printed on the fabric is a silent but literate method of communication for the wearers, who use khanga to express themselves as both individuals and as community members through the cultural and political meanings of the statements on their khanga.

Location and Hours

The Avenir Gallery in the UCA features exhibitions from the Avenir collections, current student creative design work, or loans from the larger community and textile practitioners.

  • Location: Room 115 (first floor), 1400 Remington Street, University Center for the Arts (old Fort Collins High School) - a short walk from the Avenir Museum - Campus Map
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free; self-guided
  • Closed for University Holidays, Fall, Winter & Spring Breaks
  • Contact: (970) 491-1983
  • Parking: There is no dedicated visitor parking for the University Center for the Arts. On-street parking is located in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Center for the Arts and the Avenir Museum.

Past Exhibitions

  • Spring 2018 – Nothing To Sneeze At: One Woman – 1,107 Handkerchiefs
  • Fall 2017 – Cover Up! Nineteenth-Century Woven Coverlets
  • Spring and Summer 2017 – Eco Fashion: Through the Looking Glass
  • Summer and Fall 2016 - Vera's Happy Hodgepodge: Handwork as Health
  • Spring 2016 - The Power of Maya Women's Artistry
  • Spring 2015 - FGI Pop Art Fashion Show
  • Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 - Kuna Molas: Sewn Stories and the Interplay of Tradition and Change
  • Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 - The Intricate Web - Lacemaking, Trade, and Tradition
  • Spring 2013 - Bright, Colorful Peruvian Highlands Textiles
  • Fall 2012 - ABC’S of the Avenir
  • Spring 2012 - Hawaiian Quilts: God in Expression
  • Fall 2011 - The Fine Art of Marbling
  • Spring 2011 - Little Black Dress: 85 Years of Effortless Style and Elegant Mystery
  • Fall 2010 - Mr. Blackwell: A Retrospective
  • Spring 2010 - The Silk Road Artisans of Uzbekistan
  • Fall 2009 - Woven to Wear: Navajo and Hopi textiles from the Durango collection
  • Spring 2009 - Window to the World