Ablade Glover is a Ghanaian artist and educator, regarded as an important figure on the West African art scene. He founded the Glover’s Artists Alliance Gallery in 1993 to showcase emerging talents and bring international attention to traditional and contemporary African art. Glover was attending teacher training (1957–58), before winning a scholarship to study textile design at London's Central School of Art and Design (1959–62). He returned to Ghana briefly to teach before he received another scholarship that enabled him to study art education at the University of Newcastle, Tyne in 1964. For further studies, he attended the Kent State University where he earned his master's degree and the Ohio State University for his Ph.D. in 1974. After receiving his doctorate, Glover came back to Ghana for good and taught for the next two decades at the College of Art in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi until 1994. He received the prestigious Flagstar Award, the highest recognition for art in Ghana in 1998; the Distinguished AFGRAD Alumni Award by the African-American Institute in New York; the Ghana Order of the Volta in 2007; and the Millennium Excellence Award in 2010. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.Glover has exhibited widely over several decades, and his work is held in many prestigious private and public collections, including at the Imperial Palace of Japan, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
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