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Art professor’s exhibit to open in Pittsburgh

Joe Lupo's artwork

West Virginia University’s Joseph Lupo will have his work featured at Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh beginning Oct. 7.

Lupo, associate professor of printmaking in the School of Art and Design, will debut “New Work”, a collection of prints referencing Dada poetry, which deconstructs existing text into new pieces.

“This series of prints alphabetizes certain word balloons from issue 178 of the comic book ‘The Invincible Iron Man’,” said Lupo. “The statements created through this technique are absurd, and make reference to writer and visual artist William Burroughs.”

WVU has a long standing relationship with AIR, sending student interns to the artist-run, nonprofit studio since 2004.

“We have students traveling to Pittsburgh weekly throughout the semester to work on current AIR projects and their own artwork using AIR’s facilities,” said Lupo. “Every spring, these interns and our graduate students get to exhibit their work at AIR.”

Over the last two years, Lupo facilitated a faculty residency program with AIR, which allowed WVU faculty access to AIR facilities. The works made at AIR were exhibited at the 2015 Southeastern College Art Conference and the WVU Mesaros Galleries in 2016.

Lupo’s exhibit opens Oct. 7 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through Nov. 4.