The Charles K. Sibley African Art Collection at Singletary Gallery and African Art Museum in Portsmouth, Virginia is a permanent compilation of over 100 African antiquities acquired by Old Dominion University Professor Emeritus Charles Kenneth Sibley from the 1940s to 1900's. The core of the collection includes works from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria.
Richard A. Singletary Ph.D
Dr. Richard A. Singletary began studying art that emphasized more of his visual images attention of works during the winter of 1994, as a self-study at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with Dr. Babatunde Lawal and another of his compatriots, Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya. He began to study the art of West Africa and that of Urhobo and other surrounding areas of Nigeria.
Between 1994 and 1999, Singletary completed his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in African art at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Master of Music degree from Norfolk State University, another Master of Arts degree from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of teaching degree in art and performance from Winston-Salem State University.
At the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Singletary studied art history; he studied French at the French School at Middlebury, Vermont, and French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
Singletary served as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Liberia, from 1964-1966. During 1971-75, he studied violin in London, with Kato Havas of Rumania. Between 1971 and 1977 Singletary studied violin in the United States with Elizabeth Chapman, Gregory Barnes, and Kathleen Kovner and piano with Dean Sheppard of Liberia, Antionette Watkins, Athea Waites, and Clifford Herzer in the United States.
Charles K. Sibley
After completing his undergraduate work at Ohio State University, Sibley was commissioned, (Lt. J.G., USNR), and served during six campaigns in the South Pacific and Asiatic Theaters. Sibley received graduate degrees from Columbia University and Iowa State University, and he also studied for two years at the Chicago Art Institute. Before coming to Norfolk in 1955, Sibley taught at Duke University and at the University of Texas. He was the founder and head of the present art department at Old Dominion University (formerly the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary) where he was the recipient of the Louis Jaffe Chair and retired from academic work in 1980. As a well-established artist, Professor Sibley is listed in Who's Who in America and in the Blue Book: Leaders in the English Speaking World.
Obomeyoma (Bruce) Onobrakpeya Ph.D
Onobrakpeya attracted international attention in 1965 when Prince Phillip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, acquired two of his prints at the Commonwealth Exhibition of Art at Cardiff and Norfolk. In April 1982, Onobrakpeya won a silver medal at the Fifth Triennale-India held in New Delhi. His plastocast entitled "Last Days of Christ" was adjudged one of the eight of 1,500 entries submitted by artists from 46 countries including Great Britain, the United States, the former Soviet Union, the Federal Republic of Germany, Poland, and Japan. He also received an honorable mention at the 1990 Venice Bienale. Onobrakpeya has served as a guest lecturer at Haystack Mountain School of Art and Crafts, Maine (USA). Onobrakpeya's works grace many public and private collections throughout the world including the Vatican Museum in Rome and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.