This resource was conceived and created by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, utilizing information in the exhibition and from the artworks. Educational activities were developed by Allison Clark, Assistant Director of Education, and further refined and edited by Weiwen Balter, the Fowler Museum’s 2018 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern in Museum Education. Website created by Gene McHugh, Head of Digital Media, with assistance from Sasha Zamani, Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern in Digital Media.


Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and its curatorial team is led by artist Tom Joyce, a MacArthur Fellow originally trained as a blacksmith, with co-curators Allen F. Roberts, UCLA Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance; Marla C. Berns, Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director, Fowler Museum; William J. Dewey, Director, African Studies Program and Associate Professor of African Art History at Pennsylvania State University; and Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Art History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The exhibition is made possible by major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities* and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support is also provided by the Martha and Avrum Bluming Exhibition Fund with additional funding from the Fowler Exhibition Fund, Cindy Miscikowski, the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles, Lee Bronson, Andrew Adelson, Richard Scheller and Susan McConnell, and Richard and Susan Ulevitch.

Lead sponsorship for the publication is provided by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, with additional support from the Ahmanson Foundation on the recommendation of the late Foundation Trustee Emeritus, Lloyd E. Cotsen. Education programs are made possible in part by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.