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Art History Professor to give gallery talk on Sept. 17

Kristina Olson, Professor of Art History at the WVU School of Art & Design, will be giving a gallery talk entitled “Art Matters: The Role of Art in Changing Times” on Saturday, September 17, at 2:00 pm in the Avampato Discovery Museum of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, West Virginia.

Olson will be discussing some of the work on view in the exhibition, Creative Space: Highlights from the Collection, in terms of the artists’ innovative use of media and response to changing historical circumstances through choice of subject matter. Artists include Helen Frankenthaler, Andy Warhol, Audrey Flack and Martin Puryear, among many others.  

Kristina Olson received her graduate degree in art criticism and art history from Stony Brook University and an undergraduate degree in humanities with a minor in art history from the University of Oregon. She teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and theory. Her research focuses on the intersection of contemporary art and architecture.