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Ablade Glover is a Ghanaian artist and educator. He has exhibited widely, building an international reputation over several decades, as well as being regarded as a seminal figure on the West African art scene. Ablade Glover 's 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. Glover has received several national and international awards, including the "Order of the Volta" in Ghana, and is a "Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts", London. Ablade Glover was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Art Education and Dean of the College of Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology until 1994.

Born in Accra in what was then the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), Ablade Glover did teacher training at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (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 to teach for a while, before another scholarship, given by Kwame Nkrumah, enabled Glover to study art education at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1964–65), where he began to use the tool that shaped his technique when his teacher suggested a palette knife to apply paint, rather than brushes. Glover went on to further his education in the US, first at Kent State University, where he earned his master's degree, and then at Ohio State University where he was awarded a PhD in 1974.

Returning to Ghana after receiving his doctorate, Professor Glover taught for the next two decades at the College of Art in the University of Kumasi, becoming Department Head and College Dean.

In 1998, Professor Ablade Glover received the Flagstar Award by ACRAG (the Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana), and was also honoured with the distinguished alumni award from the African-American Institute in New York. He founded the Accra-based Artists Alliance.


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