Art Museum of West Virginia University Opening in August 2015
After years of planning, the Art Museum at West Virginia University will open in August 2015, at the start of the fall semester. The new building, designed by Stanley, Beaman, and Sears of Atlanta, is located near the Creative Arts Center on Patteson Drive in a lovely setting that offers space for an outdoor sculpture garden in the future.
The Art Museum will offer a new opportunity for learning at WVU and will contribute to the cultural life of Morgantown, which is noted as one of the best small cities in America.
Visitors will enjoy two exhibition galleries totaling 5,400 sq. ft. in which to view art. The Art Museum will present exhibitions organized from the university art collection as well as host traveling exhibitions from other museums around the country. The building is engineered to be energy-efficient while adjusting light, humidity, and temperature within the appropriate ranges required to protect vulnerable works of art. A university classroom, collection research room, and climate-controlled storage for the art collection are designed to meet professional museum standards. March-Westin Company, Inc. of Morgantown is the general contractor for the project.