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Supporting a Creative Evolution

If you have visited the Art Museum of West Virginia University, you have seen work by artists managed by Jacob Lewis. A 2001 graduate of the School of Art & Design, Lewis has always stayed connected to his alma mater, volunteering his time on the College’s visiting committee and bringing art from around the world to Morgantown. Now, he’s giving back to support the College’s building expansion campaign in hopes to give future students a workspace to prepare for the ever-shifting art industry.

Lewis grew up in Huntington and attended WVU as a printmaking and painting dual major. While in school, he landed internships in New York City, first with a small printmaking studio, then with Pace Prints. He returned to Pace after graduation and worked in many roles, from shipper to receptionist to junior art dealer, finally establishing Pace Prints' Chelsea gallery as its first director.

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Bill Withers to talk music, artistic integrity during public interview

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Bill Withers will speak on his career and craft during a public interview at 7 p.m. May 11 in the Museum Education Center at the Art Museum of West Virginia University.

A native West Virginian, Withers’ 1971 debut album broke into the Top 40 of the Billboard album charts and generated two singles, “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands,” that reached the Top 50 of the Billboard “Hot 100” singles chart, launching more than a decade of chart and critical success. He is one of the most successful soul musicians of the 1970s and, since leaving the music industry in the early 1980s, has remained a significant influence and his music has served as a rich pool of inspiration for such successful contemporary musicians as John Legend, the Roots, Kanye West and Maroon 5. 

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Explore Shepard Fairey artwork at ‘Lunchtime Looks’

Shepard Fairey’s work will be the topic of the next Lunchtime Looks at the Art Museum of West Virginia University. 

Teresa Bowser, a senior multidisciplinary studies major, will present the free program on Fairey’s “Water is the New Black” at 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. The piece is part of the recently opened exhibition “Shepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown.”

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Shepard Fairey exhibition opens April 21

Shepard Fairey's "Work Against the Clampdown" will open at the Art Museum of West Virginia University on April 21.

The museum will host a free reception to open the exhibition from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall.

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Art Museum's next 'Art Up Close!' to discuss S.L. Jones

A carving by West Virginia artist S.L. Jones will be the topic of the next “Art Up Close!” at the Art Museum of West Virginia University on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Presented by Eve Faulkes, coordinator and professor of graphic design in the WVU School of Art and Design, “S.L. Jones and John Henry: Vernacular Folk Art and Graphic Design Storytelling” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall and is free and open to the public.

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‘Lunchtime Looks’ back at Art Museum of WVU Feb. 22

Michael Loop, preparator at the Art Museum of West Virginia University, will present a program about “FABRICation,” the traveling exhibition currently on view in the McGee Gallery, as the museum’s popular “Lunchtime Looks” program returns on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

“The Fabrication of FABRICation:  A Museum Preparator’s Exhibit Guide,” presents an inside look into the installation of a museum exhibition. Looking specifically at two works in the exhibition whose installation posed challenges, Loop will discuss the kinds of questions, discussions and planning that take place behind-the-scenes and before an exhibition opens to the public. 

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Art Museum of WVU to host lecture on 1966 Florence Flood

On November 4, 1966, the worst flood in more than 400 years devastated one of the world's cultural centers, Florence, Italy. 101 lives were lost as the Arno River burst over its banks and flooded the great Renaissance city, submerging churches, museums, homes and businesses in more than 20 feet of roaring water, mud and debris. 

The damage to works of art and rare books was catastrophic, and as the laborious job of recovery began, many artists and organizations from around the world began to help. But even as the waters were receding, a group of young people who were living and studying in Florence tirelessly volunteered their time and efforts to assist in rescuing rare books and art which were in extreme danger.  These volunteers were nicknamed Florence's "Mud Angels."

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