Art Museum of WVU

The Grace Martin Taylor Collection

The Art Museum of West Virginia University is home to a very special collection of works by WVU alumna Grace Martin Taylor.

Taylor was born in Morgantown in 1903 and graduated from WVU in 1928 before embarking on her career in art, becoming one of America’s most innovative printmakers of the second quarter of the 20th century. She also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with American Modernist Arthur Carles in the 1920s and received her master’s degree in Art from WVU in 1949. She continued post-graduate study at a number of prestigious art 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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Art Museum of WVU Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program

The museum’s participation is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. MAP helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards through self-study and a consultative site visit from an expert peer reviewer.

The Art Museum has chosen to do a MAP organizational assessment as a step toward preparing for its initial accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums, to expand knowledge of professional museum standards and best practices and increase financial sustainability. The assessment team, made up of museum staff, including Dr. Joyce Ice, Director; Robert Bridges, Curator; Dr. Heather Harris, Manager of Educational Programs; Dr. Keith Jackson, Dean, College of Creative Arts; and Dr. Bernie Schultz, Professor Emeritus and museum docent; Dr. Arthur Jacknowitz, Professor Emeritus, museum docent, and member of the Museum Advisory Council;  Alison Deem, Chair, Museum Advisory Council and museum docent; and Lyn Dotson, former VP WVU Foundation, and member of the Advisory Council.

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4/17: Art Up Close

“Art in the Landscape: Traditions in Sculpture Garden Design” and the Nath Sculpture Garden will be the focus of the Art Up Close! program scheduled for Tuesday, April 17.

Presented by Peter M. Butler, associate professor and extension specialist in landscape architecture and director of the School of Design and Community Development in the Davis College, 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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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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