“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.
Sponsored by the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust.
Additional support provided by the Friends of the Art Museum and the Joyce Ice Fund for Exhibitions and Acquisitions.
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.
At its core is the legacy of a fine-art print studio in Berkeley, California—Paulson
Fontaine Press—which over the past two decades has supported an unparalleled
roster of internationally celebrated artists, including Martin Puryear, Kerry
James Marshall, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters. At once personal and political,
these varied works of art demonstrate a collective experience expressed in uniquely
This exhibition was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
Sponsored by Sally Hazard and Mark & Hannah Jenkins.
Additional support provided by the Friends of the Art Museum and the Joyce Ice Fund for Exhibitions and Acquisitions
IMAGE: Radcliffe Bailey, Between Two Worlds, (detail), 2003, color aquatint with color photocopy chine collé and velvet, 44” x 30”. Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA.