About the Art Museum
The Art Museum of West Virginia University was dedicated on August 25, 2015 and is now open to the public!
The Art Museum provides a welcoming and stimulating educational environment for diverse audiences to experience the transformative power of visual art. By exploring the varied artistic traditions of different cultures, past and present, visitors gain a better understanding of themselves, their communities, and their world.
Programs that support this mission include exhibitions organized from the museum’s collection, which includes paintings, prints and works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, and folk art. The Art Museum also brings touring exhibits to Morgantown. In conjunction with its various exhibits, the museum presents artist demonstrations, workshops, school programs, lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances that expand upon the exhibit themes and engage a range of multi-generational audiences in active learning across the disciplines.
Located on the Evansdale campus, the new Art Museum of WVU features two distinct and integrated facilities:
The Art Museum
In August 2015, the Art Museum was dedicated and opened its doors. The new facility includes:
- Two art galleries totaling approximately 5,400 square-feet of exhibition space
built to environmental standards for temperature, humidity, and light levels required for the safe display of works of art
- Collection research and study room for examination of works of art
- Collection storage area to securely protect and preserve works of art
- Lobby space to welcome and orient museum visitors
- University classroom with electronic technology for 25 students
Museum Education Center
In 2010, the University completed renovation of an existing two-story building, the former Erickson Alumni Center designed by noted architect Michael Graves, to accommodate:
- Museum offices for staff
- Grand Hall for educational programs, including lectures, musical and theatrical performances
- Future rental facility for meetings, receptions and dinners
- Future bookstore/gift shop with refreshments
Nath Sculpture Garden
In September 2016, the Nath Sculpture Garden was dedicated, extending the museum space into the outside environment. The garden stretches for 2.5 acres in front of the Art Museum and includes sculptures from Zimbabwe, China, and the United States.