A reception to celebrate the opening of the newly designed Gallery of African Art at the university's Krannert Art Museum on Oct. 16 will include performances by dancers, singers and a storyteller. The reception, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the museum, will feature traditional African dancing by Patience Mudeka of Zimbabwe and her students at Champaign's White Street Arts Center, an African folk tale told by local storyteller Janice Harrington, and music by Champaign-Urbana's Amasong Chorus. The African art gallery was moved to the museum's main level from its former location on the lower level for a number of reasons, according to Brigette Scott, the museum's associate director. "To a large extent, it was a space issue," Scott said. "Many of the African pieces are so large and dramatic - they demanded more space. They were created in a country with lots of space, and the space they were previously exhibited in - which was dark and had low ceilings - just wasn't fitting of the environment the art would normally be found in. "The new gallery has been painted a color reminiscent of the light in the sub-Saharan region, and the ceilings are higher. Anita Glaze, adjunct curator and professor of art history, and museum design staff members Viktoria Ford and Mark Warwick, have created a more visually pleasing environment for the art." Another reason for the move, Scott said, was to accommodate the growing size of the collection. "Donations of African art to the museum have increased over the past few years, so as the collection grows, we want to make sure we have the capability to display it properly." The reinstallation showcases recent acquisitions as well as art that was previously in storage. According to Glaze, the new gallery was designed "to underscore the significance of Africa's contribution to world art, particularly in sculptural form and mixed-media assemblages." Additionally, she said, "the gallery will illustrate some of the important historical, aesthetic and ideological patterns in the arts of Africa." The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m.