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    Friends of the Art Museum

    The Friends of Art Museum is a membership group for people who enjoy the arts, and social, educational, and cultural activities revolving around art. Our events include educational gatherings for members-only with artists, curators, and collectors, behind-the-scenes tours of art collections, gatherings in homes of private collectors and artist's studios, and invitations to dinners with special themes designed especially for members of the Friends.

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    Opening in August 2015

    The construction of the Art Museum of West Virginia University has been completed. Check back soon for more details about the exciting events being planned for the opening week!

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    Art Up Close!

    Students observe a work presented at the "Art Up Close!" series, presented by the Art Museum of WVU. Dr. Bernie Schultz Snyder, Director of Education and External Affiars for the Art Museum of WVU and Professor of Art History in the WVU School of Art & Design, discussed American artist John Sloan's print _Anshutz on Anatomy_, 1912. The series of lectures is designed to give an in-depth look at a single work of art selected from the WVU Art Collection.

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.