“Brilliant” celebrates acquisitions made by the Art Museum of WVU over the past several
years and includes a number of rarely seen treasures from its permanent collection—many
exhibited for the first time. Together, the works in this exhibition exemplify
art of the present and recent past, as expressed by artists that seek intelligence
and intensity in the objects they create.
There is no singular way to look at the complexities of race and representation
in contemporary art. Drawing on the diverse practices of several African
American artists from across the US, this exhibition features more than 50
prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptural objects.
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Dr. Rebecca Senf is Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP)
at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Her B.A. in Art History is from the
University of Arizona; her M.A. and Ph.D. were awarded by Boston University.
In 2012, her book
Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron
was released by University of California Press; in 2017, her book
To Be Thirteen, showcasing the work of Betsy Schneider, was published
by Radius Press and Phoenix Art Museum. Senf is an Ansel Adams scholar and author
of a book on the photographer’s early years, called
Making a Photographer, co-published by the CCP and Yale University Press
Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer, filmmaker, and journalist best known for her work covering post-conflict stories. She is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography, awarded for her long-term project “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” Her first post-conflict body of work, “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,” led her to found The Aftermath Project in 2003 on the premise that “War is Only Half the Story.” An accomplished speaker on aftermath and visual literacy issues, her many lectures include a 2013 TedX talk as well as appearances at museums and venues such as the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
This program is supported by a Campus Read Grant from WVU’s Humanities Center in conjunction with this year’s common reading experience, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After.