The Art Museum of West Virginia University provides a welcoming and stimulating educational and research environment for diverse audiences to experience the transforming power of art. Exploring contemporary artistic innovation as well as artistic traditions of different cultures helps us to understand ourselves, our communities and our 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 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.
The museum will expand educational opportunities for WVU students, faculty and staff while serving as a cultural resource for northern West Virginia and the surrounding region. Funding for the project comes from the University as well as private donors through the West Virginia University Foundation.
- The Art Museum of West Virginia University will create an accessible and educational environment to facilitate the appreciation of art.
- The Art Museum of WVU is committed to helping people, especially students, faculty, families, children and their teachers, to discover and reclaim creativity in their everyday lives.
- The Art Museum will encourage people to engage in artistic activities and will advocate for the importance of art to the well-being of individuals and communities.
- The Art Museum will operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
- The Art Museum will offer a welcoming respite from the pressures of daily living in which to enjoy art with friends and family, strengthening connections with people through learning about art—and will provide this setting free-of-charge.
Located on the Evansdale campus, the Art Museum of WVU features two distinct and integrated facilities, the Art Museum and the Museum Education Center, along with the Nath Sculpture Garden.The Art Museum
The Art Museum was dedicated and opened its doors August 25, 2015. The 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
West Virginia University completed renovation of an existing two-story building in 2010, 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
- Rental facility for meetings, receptions and dinners
- Future bookstore/gift shop with refreshments
The Nath Sculpture Garden was dedicated in September 2016, named after retired WVU professors, the late Joginder Nath and his surviving wife, Charlotte. “The sculpture garden emphasizes nature and art in a space people will find appealing and attractive—a place they will want to spend time,” Nath said. “It extends the museum setting to the outdoors for art to be appreciated and enjoyed by many and for students and faculty to learn and grow.” The garden stretches for 2.5 acres in front of the Art Museum and includes sculptures from Zimbabwe, China and the United States.