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Graduate student works in Mesaros Galleries in March

High Touch

The West Virginia University School of Art and Design will host graduate student works in the Mesaros Galleries in March.

The exhibits by Jake Guzan and Andrew Kellner will run March 13 – 24 with individual receptions at 6 p.m. March 15 and March 23, respectively.

Guzan's exhibition, “An Abridged Study of the Radio Transmission Tower Landscape Surrounding West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus,” features intricately hand-colored intaglio prints. Guzan’s work centers on exploration and observation. 

Guzan work

In particular, infrastructure objects – radio towers, utility poles, substations, pumping stations, and drains – tend to recede to the background in our environment, and while their functions are appreciated, their physical presence is not.”

Guzan received his bachelor’s of fine arts degree in 2014 from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he was awarded the Dow P. Mitchell Endowed Printmaking Scholarship.  Guzan has exhibited at the Heuser Art Center, Arts Monongahela, Union Street Gallery and Artists Image Resource, where he was awarded the Director’s Award for the “Printwork 2015” exhibition.

Kellner's exhibition is titled “High Touch.” In his artist statement, Kellner said his “pottery aims to elevate and celebrate everyday life experiences. I want my pottery to act as an invitation to the user to be a more active participant in the daily rituals.”

Kellner has exhibited nationally in spaces such as Archie Bray, and was selected for the 2016 and 2017 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts National Student Show. He received his bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Alberta College of Art and Design in Alberta, Canada.

The Mesaros Galleries are open 12 – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday.  Lectures, exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.  The Mesaros Galleries are located in the lobby of the Creative Arts Center, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Morgantown, W.V., 26505.