The Art Museum of West Virginia University has announced new hours for the summer of 2016.
Effective now through mid-August, the summer hours are Thursday through Saturday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 7:30 p.m.
According to Director Joyce Ice, the museum will still be available for school and other group tours by appointment throughout the summer. Admission is free.
In addition, there will several special events, including walk-in tours at different times during the summer and a Family and Community Day on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This special day will celebrate our new exhibition that opened in the lower gallery on April 15, titled ‘Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists from Appalachia,’” she said. “Minnie Adkins, one of the self-taught artists, will be visiting from Kentucky to give wood carving demonstrations, and there will be food, music, art projects for both children and adults, and the public will have the opportunity to view all the works in both galleries.”
“Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists from Appalachia,” located in the John and Ruth McGee Gallery on the first floor, features approximately 100 pieces of art from the Ramona Love Lampell and Millard Lampell Collection.
The artists are sculptors, painters, wood carvers and basket makers who have drawn upon their life experiences, knowledge of the natural environment, and readily available materials, such as wood, clay, stone, house paint and found objects, to create their art.
Prints in the Deem Print Gallery, also on the first floor, were recently changed and include works by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, James MacNeill Whistler, Elizabeth Murray, Nancy Graves, John Sloan, George Bellows, Caroline Armington, Will Peterson, Reginald Marsh and many others.
The upper gallery features contemporary art from the museum’s opening exhibition, “Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening,” including an entire section of works by Morgantown area native Blanche Lazzell.
The Art Museum is located near the Creative Arts Center, at the corner of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way at the Evansdale Campus North Entrance.
Parking is available in two new short-term lots with pay stations, one located near Patteson Drive and the other near the new Evansdale Crossing building.
For more information about the museum, call (304) 293-7790 or see the website at http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.