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Here to There: An Exhibition of Work by West Virginia University School of Art & Design Faculty

March 19 - June 12, 2016

Opening Reception will take place on March 19, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to this opening reception is free.

Since its beginnings, the Huntington Museum of Art has sought to serve artists throughout the state of West Virginia by providing opportunities for exhibiting their work. Certainly one of the richest talent pools within the state exists in the art departments at the colleges and universities in West Virginia, the largest of which is in Morgantown at West Virginia University.

Here to There is an exhibition of work that showcases the award-winning faculty of West Virginia University’s School of Art & Design. Alison Helm, Director of the School of Art & Design, says, “The exhibition is a way of symbolically connecting not only two ends of the state but also the experiences of the artists who share similar elements of place, facilities, technology and robust stylistic languages. We share common ground situated within the borders of this lushly inspiring state. From us to you, from artists to viewers, our work is about diversity of communication, visual phrasing, systems of materiality, artificial landscapes, reproduction and employing a wide variety of aesthetics with a willingness to take risks.”

Fourteen artists will exhibit work in a wide range of materials and formats, from painting and ceramics to electronic media. The faculty who will participate include Dylan Collins (Sculpture), Eve Faulkes (Graphic Design), Joseph Galbreath (Graphic Design), Gerald Habarth (Electronic Media), Alison Helm (Sculpture), Jason Lee (Foundations/Sculpture), Joseph Lupo (Printmaking), Robert “Boomer” Moore (Ceramics), Jeffrey Moser (Interactive Media Design), Kofi Opoku (Graphic Design), Shoji Stake (Ceramics), Amy Schissel (Painting), Michael Sherwin (Photography) and Naijun Zhang (Painting).

An illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition. “We are grateful to our funders, the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Foundations and the Dr. Hubert E. &Traude E. Martin Endowment, who have made this exhibition and publication a reality,” Helm said.

This exhibit is part of HMA’s ongoing efforts to highlight the work of West Virginia artists and follows The Art of Teaching Art: Marshall University Visual Art Faculty Show, which ran at HMA from Nov. 23, 2013, through Feb. 2, 2014.

Gold Mountaineer Sponsor for this exhibit is Medical Practice Management Solutions.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Here to There: An Exhibition of Work by West  Virginia University School of Art & Design Faculty

Alison Helm, Hydroplanes, 2015. Stainless steel, painted wood, glass, chrome-plated cast iron, plastic 3D modeling, cast resin, glass, print; 30” x 12” x 30”. Image courtesy of the artist.