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CAL U professor featured in Art Up Close! Oct. 3

Presented by Michael Slaven, pofessor of history and chair of the Department of History, Politics, Society and Law at California University of Pennsylvania, the program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall and is free and open to the public.

Slaven will discuss the ways in which art, and specifically Fairey’s works of art, can be used to influence, or even create new conceptions about culture, politics and society.

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Political science professor to talk art during Lunchtime Looks

Erik Herron, Eberly Family Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University, will present during the Art Museum of WVU’s Lunchtime Looks program Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Herron will present on “Shepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown,” one of two exhibitions currently on display at the museum.

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Gift adds dimension to campus

A strong connection to West Virginia University and the arts made supporting the construction of the Art Museum of WVU an easy decision for the Plevin family. 

Gloria Rosenthal Plevin was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Clarksburg. Her husband, the late Leon Plevin, was a Weirton native studying political science at WVU. Gloria was studying art and business at Ohio University, but would occasionally travel to Morgantown to be a guest at Phi Sigma Delta fraternity socials.

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Art Museum discussion to examine contemporary issues through art

The Art Museum of West Virginia University’s popular Art Up Close! Series returns September 12 featuring Marjorie Fuller, director of WVU’s Center for Black Culture & Research. 

Fuller will give a presentation on the print “Confrontation at the Bridge” by artist Jacob Lawrence. The program 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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Funding formative experiences

Most weekday mornings, you can find children at the Art Museum of West Virginia University. They are from elementary, middle and high schools near and far. For many, these trips to the museum are their first time experiencing professional art.

These life-changing experiences are made possible by donors like Mavis Grant and George Lilley, Jr. The couple in 2015 established the Grant and Lilley Educational Fund to support the educational outreach mission of the museum. They recently established an additional endowment fund so that their support will continue into the future.

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A man on a mission

Keith Jackson has been on faculty at West Virginia University for more than 20 years, leading the School of Music as director for the last ten. On July 1, he will assume a new role as interim dean of the College of Creative Arts. 

Jackson will hit the ground running, utilizing the college’s first-class faculty and dedicated alumni and supporters to further substantiate the college as the institution for arts education and cultural influence in the state and region. 

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WVU appoints Paul Kreider as associate provost for undergraduate education

Dr. Paul Kreider, current dean of West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts, has been appointed associate provost for undergraduate education, effective July 1.

In this role, Kreider will provide the leadership and vision to create, implement and manage the strategic direction for Undergraduate Education on all campuses of WVU, including the main campus in Morgantown, WVU Tech in Beckley and Potomac State College in Keyser. He succeeds Dr. Sue Day-Perroots, who is retiring in August after a 34-year career at the university.

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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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