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Art Museum's next 'Art Up Close!' to discuss S.L. Jones

A carving by West Virginia artist S.L. Jones will be the topic of the next “Art Up Close!” at the Art Museum of West Virginia University on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Presented by Eve Faulkes, coordinator and professor of graphic design in the WVU School of Art and Design, “S.L. Jones and John Henry: Vernacular Folk Art and Graphic Design Storytelling” 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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‘Lunchtime Looks’ back at Art Museum of WVU Feb. 22

Michael Loop, preparator at the Art Museum of West Virginia University, will present a program about “FABRICation,” the traveling exhibition currently on view in the McGee Gallery, as the museum’s popular “Lunchtime Looks” program returns on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

“The Fabrication of FABRICation:  A Museum Preparator’s Exhibit Guide,” presents an inside look into the installation of a museum exhibition. Looking specifically at two works in the exhibition whose installation posed challenges, Loop will discuss the kinds of questions, discussions and planning that take place behind-the-scenes and before an exhibition opens to the public. 

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Art Museum of WVU to host lecture on 1966 Florence Flood

On November 4, 1966, the worst flood in more than 400 years devastated one of the world's cultural centers, Florence, Italy. 101 lives were lost as the Arno River burst over its banks and flooded the great Renaissance city, submerging churches, museums, homes and businesses in more than 20 feet of roaring water, mud and debris. 

The damage to works of art and rare books was catastrophic, and as the laborious job of recovery began, many artists and organizations from around the world began to help. But even as the waters were receding, a group of young people who were living and studying in Florence tirelessly volunteered their time and efforts to assist in rescuing rare books and art which were in extreme danger.  These volunteers were nicknamed Florence's "Mud Angels."

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Jacknowitz Travel Fund gives West Virginia’s youth opportunities to explore art

Abby Jacknowitz was a young woman dedicated to the arts and teaching special education, often using art in the classroom as an avenue for creativity, diversity and acceptance.

“She had an extraordinary creative spirit that she brought to everything in the classroom,” said Art Jacknowitz, Abby’s uncle. “For example, Abby’s teaching assistant told us that she started off one year reading the story ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant,’ which had a message about celebrating diversity. But Abby didn’t just read about celebrating diversity, she had each student create a patchwork elephant that represented his or her unique self. One child smeared the paint together instead of making patches, and Abby smiled and praised it anyway.”

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Textiles exhibition opens at Art Museum of WVU Jan. 19

An exhibition focused on textiles opens Thursday, Jan. 19 at The Art Museum of West Virginia University with a program featuring three of the seven featured artists.  

The program begins at 6 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Museum Education Center with a reception to follow. Co-curators Kristy Deetz, professor in art discipline at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and Reni Gower, professor in the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University, will be joined by Virginia Derryberry, retired from the art department at the University of North Carolina Asheville to discuss historical precedents, contemporary examples, inspirations, shared themes and individual motivations behind the exhibition.

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A friendship sculpted in the arts

It’s been said that a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are. The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has found that friend in Alison H. Deem.

Deem certainly knows about the college’s past. She has been involved with the WVU arts community for more than 20 years after a recommendation from then-WVU faculty member Joann Siegrist placed her on the college’s visiting committee.

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College welcomes Jordan as new director of development

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Jennifer to the Creative Arts Center family,” said Dean Paul Kreider. “We know her experience will be a tremendous asset to the College of Creative Arts as we work to fund the expansion of the Creative Arts Center.”

In addition to the ambitious expansion project, Jordan will also concentrate on guiding and developing fundraising strategies for the Art Museum of WVU, student scholarships and assistantships, and a range of other initiatives.

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