Art & Design

Professor awarded grant to research the impact of art therapy on middle schoolers

One West Virginia University professor will research whether the inclusion of known visual arts therapy approaches in the art curriculum can help foster higher self-efficacy among middle school students.

Terese Giobbia, Ph.D., coordinator and assistant professor of Art Education in WVU’s School of Art and Design, has been awarded the Mary McMullan Grant from the National Art Education Foundation for the 2018-2019 calendar year. The highly competitive grant is available for research projects that promote art education as an integral part of curriculum and improve the instruction of art in public and private schools.

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One Billion Thanks

When the State of Minds campaign wrapped up on Dec. 31, 2017, more than $1 billion had been raised thanks to the incredibly giving and dedicated West Virginia University family.

The College of Creative Arts raised approximately $23 million during the 10-year campaign which created more than 50 new scholarships, built and opened the Art Museum of WVU, launched four new programs and many new majors in the college and started an extensive study abroad program in the School of Art & Design.

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April 14: 2018 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

The 2018 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival is an international, competitive film festival that screens compelling and innovative works in narrative film, documentary, experimental video and animation.

The festival takes place this year on Saturday, April 14 in the WVU Creative Arts Center. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the festival will screen upwards of 50 independent films and videos from across the country and around the world, including works from such diverse countries as Germany, Japan, Turkey, Poland, Iran, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Brazil, Slovenia, Canada, Switzerland and the UK. In addition to showcasing new and exciting works in the genres of Documentary, Short Narrative, Animation and Experimental Video, this year’s festival includes a special screening of works that explore the topical theme of “Borders.” Student works from aspiring filmmakers at the college level and young filmmakers under 18 will also be screened. Awards will be presented in each of the festival’s competitive categories. 

The festival schedule is:

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3/28 Lunchtime Looks: Shoji Satake

This month’s Lunchtime Looks at the Art Museum of WVU will be presented by Shoji Satake, associate professor in the School of Art and Design and the coordinator of the Ceramics program. He will discuss the newly opened ceramics exhibition “Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth:  Chinese Master Ceramists,” currently on view in the upper gallery. 

This program begins at 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Art enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their lunch to the museum and converse with other participants. At 12:20 p.m., the group will move to the upper gallery for the in-depth look at the new ceramics exhibitions. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and comment on the works of art 

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Art students to exhibit works through May

Students from the West Virginia University School of Art and Design will showcase their work this spring in the Paul and Laura Mesaros Galleries at WVU’s Creative Arts Center. 

Both undergraduate and graduate students will present a series of exhibitions to run March 5 – May 11. Seven Master of Fine Arts students will be featured in the first in solo exhibitions, followed by more than 25 undergraduate art majors participating in two group exhibitions.

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3/8: Snowshoe Institute Lecture: Michael Sherwin

West Virginia University professor Michael Sherwin will present a Snowshoe Institute Lecture at 4 p.m. March 8 at WVU’s Creative Arts Center Bloch Learning and Performance Hall. 

The lecture is part of Sherwin’s award as selection for the Snowshoe Institute Award of Excellence for Scholarship in the Arts by the College of Creative Arts. The award is for outstanding faculty members in the college and celebrates their current scholarship activity from the most recent two academic years. The purpose of the award is to provide greater visibility to faculty scholars in the College of Creative Arts.

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