In its second season, the Curiosity Series is a sampling of the hundreds of events presented yearly in the College of Creative Arts. According to Dean Keith Jackson, this year’s programming has something for everyone in the greater Morgantown community.
“We are excited to present a diverse range of performances, lectures and productions in the Curiosity Series,” Jackson said. “Whether you are a seasoned arts patron or a young child ready to sing along to holiday tunes, you will find an event for you. A mix of free and ticketed events ensure the series remains accessible to everyone.”
The Curiosity Series kicks off Sept. 5 with a visiting artist lecture by Jay Ryan. He has been making screenprints and concert posters in and around Chicago since 1995. His clients have included bands such as Andrew Bird, Fugazi, Shellac, Hum, The Decemberists, Jack White, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, The Melvins, My Morning Jacket, and hundreds of others, as well as Patagonia, Samsung, Radio Flyer, Metropolis Coffee, and CBS Films. Ryan owns The Bird Machine, a small screenprint shop where he makes all of the prints.
Other events in the Curiosity Series include semi-annual pottery sales from the WVU Ceramics program, William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and a moving production of “Considering Matthew Shepard” from University Chorus.
With families in mind, the Curiosity includes “The Phantom Tollbooth,” a children’s play in two acts by Susan Nanus, based on the book by Norton Juster, as well as “Sounds of the Season,” a concert experience that will put the audience in the holiday season, presented by WVU’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and multiple chamber ensembles.
The series got its name as an ode to one of the five main values of the University. WVU believes in curiosity – as well as service, respect, accountability and appreciation – and challenges its community to use their curiosity to ask questions, seek new opportunities and change through innovation.
“Last year, we welcomed more curious members of our community to our performances than ever before,” Jackson said. “We look forward to continuing to grow the series and we thank our patrons for their support.
Single event ticket sales begin August 1 at ticketmaster.com and WVU Box Offices. Flex packages are available for anyone wishing to purchase tickets to five or more productions. Flex packages are available for sale online only at https://am.ticketmaster.com/wvuarts. Special ticket pricing is available for children ages 18 and under, WVU students with valid ID and senior citizens age 65 and up. To inquire about group rates, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free events are seated on a first-come-first-served basis.