TERA Gallery - Africa and the World

"Altering The Way You View The World Of Art"

I want to create with you a shared  sense of greatness.  

The TERA Gallery has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Over the
years, I established my collection with great integrity. I have enjoyed sharing my passion with
others who, as I do
,  recognize in each piece of art the inherent strength, humanity and
dignity of the African people.  I made many meaningful relationships with African traders, art
dealers, art collectors, and museum and bookstore staff around the world. I am grateful to
those whose hard work and personal sacrifice, in-depth knowledge and expertise, or simple
acts of kindness allowed me the opportunity to assemble these incredible works of art.  To
each person who communicated to me their appreciation for the intrinsic value of this art
and their understanding of how it represents the genius of its people I am indebted.

TERA Gallery is proud to present to you this wonderful collection of art from Africa.  These
objects may challenge your stereotypes of Africa and its people, and may be incompatible
with your understanding of art.  What you have learned might preclude you from considering
or appreciating the existence of the “art” part of these wonderful objects. To understand the
joy of the Gallery, one must accept that the problem is not the application of “art” to African
contexts, but rather a profound misunderstanding of what “art” is.

I hope that a visit to TERA Gallery will redefine the art and people of Africa not as curious or
primitive, superstitious or savage, but as highly developed with a profound sustainable
spiritual consciousness.  In homage to Piye, Lord of the Two Lands, I present this great
collection.  May the beauty and power, and the art and history you experience in this
collection inspire you and alter the way you view the world of art.
Respectfully,

    Thomas L. Atkins, Jr. Gallery Owner               

Edwin Rodriguez, Esq., Gallery Advisor
  Pascal Mendive, Artistic Director                  
Nilajah M. Nyasuma, Ph.D., Cultural Advisor  
Carol Leutner, Attorney at Law, Artistic Consultant  
Caroline E. Anderson, Anthropologist, Education Specialist  
   
Jared Schwartz, Director, International Division
Dimitri Dizna, Technical Consultant
Jason Patterson, Artist, Gallery Associate         
CaRes Patterson, Artist, Gallery Associate  
Mateo Anderson-Phillips, Protege