It is not only an honour but also a great responsibility to become the first director of the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) at Pan-Atlantic University. I am excited about the contribution this new unit of the university can make towards a better society. At YSMA, we are also aware of our responsibility as a pioneering university art museum in the country.
We are truly grateful to Prince Shyllon for his generous and ambitious contribution towards the implementation of this dream and to Pan-Atlantic University for supporting it from the onset. Thanks to Prince Shyllon, the YSMA is privileged to have one of the most comprehensive and diverse art collections in the country and to make it accessible to all visitors. We hope that YSMA will become a gateway to the Pan-Atlantic University and a visitors’ destination in Lagos.
PAU offers a transformative educational experience and has the integral formation of the person and the advancement of responsible citizenship as her core mission. At YSMA we are committed to contribute to the achievement of this goal by offering PAU students, faculty, staff and visitors a valuable resource to develop a deep appreciation for the visual arts.
I am glad to let you know that from the beginning, the YSMA will give special attention to educational programming from schools in Lagos. The museum will also work with all the departments and units of the university to offer our students an exceptional vehicle for learning about Nigerian art. Even before the doors of the museum open to the public, our website already offers images and information on hundreds of artworks from the collection. We hope this virtual museum will soon become an indispensable tool for those interested in Nigerian art and will attract many others to come to Pan-Atlantic University and experience these works physically.
We count on your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Museum for the inaugural exhibition and all the educational programmes that will take place in it from October 1, 2019.
Director. Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art