Art Museum of WVU

Political science professor to talk art during Lunchtime Looks

Erik Herron, Eberly Family Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University, will present during the Art Museum of WVU’s Lunchtime Looks program Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Herron will present on “Shepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown,” one of two exhibitions currently on display at the museum.

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Gift adds dimension to campus

A strong connection to West Virginia University and the arts made supporting the construction of the Art Museum of WVU an easy decision for the Plevin family. 

Gloria Rosenthal Plevin was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Clarksburg. Her husband, the late Leon Plevin, was a Weirton native studying political science at WVU. Gloria was studying art and business at Ohio University, but would occasionally travel to Morgantown to be a guest at Phi Sigma Delta fraternity socials.

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Art Museum discussion to examine contemporary issues through art

The Art Museum of West Virginia University’s popular Art Up Close! Series returns September 12 featuring Marjorie Fuller, director of WVU’s Center for Black Culture & Research. 

Fuller will give a presentation on the print “Confrontation at the Bridge” by artist Jacob Lawrence. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall and is free and open to the public.

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Funding formative experiences

Most weekday mornings, you can find children at the Art Museum of West Virginia University. They are from elementary, middle and high schools near and far. For many, these trips to the museum are their first time experiencing professional art.

These life-changing experiences are made possible by donors like Mavis Grant and George Lilley, Jr. The couple in 2015 established the Grant and Lilley Educational Fund to support the educational outreach mission of the museum. They recently established an additional endowment fund so that their support will continue into the future.

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A man on a mission

Keith Jackson has been on faculty at West Virginia University for more than 20 years, leading the School of Music as director for the last ten. On July 1, he will assume a new role as interim dean of the College of Creative Arts. 

Jackson will hit the ground running, utilizing the college’s first-class faculty and dedicated alumni and supporters to further substantiate the college as the institution for arts education and cultural influence in the state and region. 

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WVU appoints Paul Kreider as associate provost for undergraduate education

Dr. Paul Kreider, current dean of West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts, has been appointed associate provost for undergraduate education, effective July 1.

In this role, Kreider will provide the leadership and vision to create, implement and manage the strategic direction for Undergraduate Education on all campuses of WVU, including the main campus in Morgantown, WVU Tech in Beckley and Potomac State College in Keyser. He succeeds Dr. Sue Day-Perroots, who is retiring in August after a 34-year career at the university.

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