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Lunchtime Looks: Sam Hensley

The Art Museum of West Virginia University’s Lunchtime Looks lecture series will continue Friday November 5, 2021 at 12 p.m. with speaker Sam Hensley.

Hensley is a junior Art History student at WVU and he spent the summer working at the Museum as the inaugural Jacknowitz Summer Intern. His undergraduate research focuses on the artwork and mythology of the Pre-Columbian Americas, particularly that of the Maya and the Moche culture of modern-day Peru. He plans to continue in the Pre-Columbian field in graduate school, while also exploring East Asian art and the international context of Modern and Contemporary art. 

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WVU to perform ‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’

Students from West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance are coming back to the stage with ‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’ Sept. 30 - Oct. 3.

The production is a collection of songs and transitions by Ryan Scott Oliver based on photographs from Matthew Murphy. The musical is entirely sung for the 75-minute run time.

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WVU Art History Department visits Winthrop University

Members of the West Virginia University Art History department traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina to join faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology at Winthrop University on a collaborative exhibition of Pre-Columbian artifacts from the Salazar Collection in honor of the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

On display through October 1, 2021 at the Louise Pettus Archive in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the exhibition "Preserved in Clay and Stone: Celebrating the History of Ancient Latin America" features 20 objects from the Salazar Latin American Artifacts Collection. The works represent several periods of Latin American culture and history and were selected for their emphasis on gender roles and animal imagery. 

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Jennifer Walker publishes monograph

West Virginia University Assistant Professor of Musicology Jennifer Walker's monograph "Sacred Sounds, Secular Spaces: Transforming Catholicism Through the Music of Third-Republic Paris" has been published.

Described as a "tour de force of music and cultural history of the fin-de-siècle," this monograph was published by Oxford University Press as part of the prestigious American Musicological Society Studies in Music Series.

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Stimeling nominated for IBMA Momentum Award

West Virginia University Professor of Musicology Travis Stimeling is nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2021 Momentum Award for Mentor of the Year. 

The Mentor Award recognizes those who have made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry. Not limited to bluegrass professionals, candidates may include community musicians, private music teachers, band leaders, bluegrass youth organization coordinators, music producers, luthiers and anyone who has shown dedication to up and coming bluegrass artists and industry professionals.

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Faculty Spotlight: Matt Greenberg

I teach MUSC 120: The History of Musical Theatre, THET 355: Junior Musical Theatre Studio, THET 455: Senior Musical Theatre Studio, and I am co-directing 35mm: A Musical Exhibition with two undergraduate BFA Musical Theatre Students (opening September 30th!)

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Student Spotlight: Sunny Rawlinson

Growing up in West Virginia I never anticipated going to school in-state but after touring 8 other institutions nothing felt right. I had actually taken a few classes with Prof. Steven Neuenschwander at the two previous WV State Thespian Festivals and loved working with him so I took to Google to find where he taught and it led me here. After asking some questions, taking a tour or two, and having lunch with a school ambassador, it felt more like home than anywhere else. From the facilities to the hands-on learning atmosphere, I just knew this was the place for me.

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Linda Jacknowitz makes planned gift to benefit Art Museum of WVU

Linda Jacknowitz and her late husband Art added to their legacy of service and giving at West Virginia University with a significant planned gift to support the Art Museum of WVU’s educational outreach programs.

“This is a truly transformational gift for the Art Museum of WVU,” said Director Todd J. Tubutis. “Linda’s foresight in dedicating her and Art’s legacy to support a graduate assistantship means we contribute not only to the educational mission of the University, but we will also be able to build capacity in serving greater numbers of K-12 students in north central West Virginia.”

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Art Museum resumes Lunchtime Looks

The Art Museum of West Virginia University will resume its free, in-person Lunchtime Looks Lecture Series on Friday Sept. 10. WVU’s School of Art & Design Associate Director Kristina Olson will lead the discussion on the museum’s latest exhibition "Rauschenberg in China: The Lotus Series.”

Olson teaches modern and contemporary art history. She is co-editor of the book “Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times: The Revolution Will Be Live,” author of many exhibition catalogues and an exhibition reviewer for several art magazines and journals. 

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