This series of lectures is designed to give an in-depth look at a single work of art selected from the WVU Art Collection. Each presentation features an original work of art and commentary by WVU faculty or guest artists, followed by a question-and-answer session and light refreshments. Audience members have the opportunity to view the actual work of art.

The Art Up Close! programs are held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. throughout the academic year in the Grand Hall of the Museum Education Center, adjacent to the Art Museum. The series is free and open to the public.

Spring 2016 Art Up Close! Schedule:

Tuesday, February 9: Shoji Satake, Coordinator of the Ceramics Program in the WVU College of Creative Arts

Tuesday, March 1: Christopher Wilkinson, WVU Professor Emeritus of Music History, will discuss “Bessie Smith, Queen of the Blues,” ca. 1945; a linocut by Margaret Burroughs, (American, 1917-2010). The work was a 2015 gift to the Art Museum by Harvey and Jennifer Peyton of Charleston, West Virginia.

Previous Art Up Close! lectures

April 14, 2015: Kristina Olson, Associate Professor of Art History at WVU iand Jay Malarcher, Associate Professor and Dramaturg in the WVU School of Theatre and Dance, discussed “1 Cent Life,” a large print portfolio recently acquired by the Art Museum of WVU. The lecture was titled “Turning the Pages: Walasse Ting’s ‘1 Cent Life’ and the Upheaval of ‘60s Culture.” “1 Cent Life” is a large, unbound print portfolio containing 62 original lithographs made by 28 European and American artists with 62 poems written by Walasse Ting and set in letterpress. The project was originally conceived by Ting in 1962 and printed in 1964.

March 17, 2015: Michael Blumenthal, poet and WVU Visiting Professor of Law spoke about artist Sue Coe’s lithograph, “La Frontera.” Dated 1997, the work depicts the kneeling figure of a man in the American Southwest, with his wrists bound, referencing the border and issues related to immigration. Blumenthal is Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at The West Virginia University College of Law. WVU Press Release

February 17, 2015: Jeff Greenham, Coordinator of the Art Department at Fairmont State University, demonstrated the process of a selected work from the Harry Shaw Ceramics Collection. Titled “How Was it Made?” the lecture and demonstration involved a lidded bowl by Warren MacKenzie. Greenham, a ceramic artist and an alumnus of the WVU School of Art and Design, demonstrated the process and techniques that MacKenzie used in creating the piece. WVU Press Release

November 18, 2014: Rhonda Reymond, Assistant Professor in Art History, and Tim Warner, WVU Professor of Geography, discussed an individual work of art from the museum collection. The presentation featured William Louis Sonntag’s “Mountain Scene on the Ohio River” (1852). The Sonntag painting was the first purchase for the Art Museum collection that was made possible by the Frederick P. and Joan C. Stamp Art Museum Acquisition Fund.

October 28, 2014: Alex Snow, Department of Religious Studies, discussed a Japanese scroll titled “Bodhidharma & the Aesthetics of Wall-Gazing.” The lecture traced the literary origins and artistic themes of Bodhidharma’s mythological encounters with the Far East, culminating in his unconventional practice of gazing carefully and constantly at a cave wall.

September 9, 2014: Janet Snyder, Professor/Coordinator of Art History, discussed a limestone relief from the Milton Horn Collection of the WVU Art Collection titled “Crucifixion with Mary and John.” According to Snyder, it demonstrates the detail of medieval artists and the power of the artwork to move viewers.

April 8, 2014: Michael Slaven, of California University of Pennsylvania, is a WVU alumnus whose specialities include the history of print and printmaking. Dr. Slaven discussed an early modem print produced by Heironymus Cock’s print shop and attributed to Heironymus Bosch. WVU Press Release

March 18, 2014: Michael Sherwin, Associate Professor of Intermedia and Photography in the School of Art and Design, presented a work by Ansel Adams and discussed the impact Adams’ work has had on the 20th century. WVU Press Release

February 7, 2014: Brian R. Jara, senior lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies at WVU presented “Interdisciplinary Vaginas and the Power of Feminist Art Activism and discuss an untitled work created in 2000 by artist Peter Whitney. WVU Press Release

November 12, 2013: Joyce Ice, Director of the Art Museum of WVU and Judith Gold Stitzel, Professor Emeritus of English at WVU, brought the perspectives of their disciplines to a discussion of West Virginia artist Alvena Seckar. WVU Press Release

October 8, 2013: Bernie Schultz, Professor of Art History and Director of Education and External Affairs at the Art Museum of WVU, lectured on the history of anatomy in art and the artist as anatomist. WVU Press Release Daily Athenaeum Article

September 10, 2013: Cynthia Persinger, Visiting Lecturer in Art History at WVU and Assistant Professor of Art History at California University of Pennsylvania, discussed South African artist William Kentridge and how she views the work as an art historian, considering one work of art from a variety of viewpoints. WVU Press Release

April 3, 2013: Kristen Harkness, Lecturer in Art History in the WVU School of Art & Design, presented on the print Lenin at the Palldium by Russian artists Komar & Melamid. WVU Press Release

March 12, 2013: Rhonda Reymond, Assistant Professor of Art History at WVU, lectured on the painting “Bluefield, View from My Room” by Joseph Dodd. WVU Press Release

February 5, 2013: Rosemary Hathaway, Associate Professor of English at WVU, spoke about the portfolio “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.” WVU Press Release Daily Athaneaum Article

December 4, 2012: Art Museum Curator Robert Bridges discussed Blanche Lazzell’s color woodblock print, “The Graveyard,” a recent acquisition and the first purchase from the J. Bernard Schultz Fund for the Art Museum. WVU Press Release

October 2, 2012: Professor Joseph Lupo, Coordinator of Printmaking in the WVU School of Art and Design, and Professor Bernie Schultz, Director of Education and External Affairs at the WVU Art Museum, gave a dual presentation on the 18th-century print “The Pier with Chains,” by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi. WVU Press Release

September 4, 2012: Janet Snyder, Coordinator of the Art History program in the WVU School of Art and Design, gave a talk titled “We Three Kings of Orient Are – A Close Look at WVU’s Fragment from a Flemish Altarpiece.” WVU Press Release