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02-26-2021
Weekly Schedule
Day of the Week Open Time Close Time
Sunday 12:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday Closed Closed
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday Closed Closed
Friday 12:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Special/Holiday/Closure Dates
Date (MM-DD-YYYY) Open Time Close Time Special Message
11-27-2020 Closed Closed for University Holiday
11-28-2020 Closed Closed for University Holiday
11-29-2020 Closed Closed for University Holiday
Admission is always free

Past Exhibitions

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

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. 

Learn more: Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press


Brilliant: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection

“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.

Learn more: Brilliant: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection


Modern Movement: Figurative Works by Arthur Bowen Davies

On loan from the Maier Museum of Art, this exhibition features rarely exhibited works on paper and oil paintings, including Arthur B. Davies Figurative Works on Paper from the Randolph College and Mac Cosgrove-Davies Collections and Arthur B. Davies Paintings from the Randolph College Collection.

Learn more: Modern Movement: Figurative Works by Arthur Bowen Davies


Collective Insight: The Harvey and Jennifer Peyton Collection

Harvey and Jennifer Peyton have assembled one of the premier collections of art in West Virginia. It is significant for being both regional and national in scope, and for representing a diversity of American artists—including a number who were committed to advancing social justice through their artistic pursuits. 

Learn more: Collective Insight: The Harvey and Jennifer Peyton Collection


Cut Up/Cut Out

Cut Up/Cut Out celebrates the tradition, innovation, and surprising beauty of decorative piercing and cutting as practiced by contemporary artists today. The transformative nature of cutting into and through a surface provides endless possibilities for converting a material from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. 

Learn more: Cut Up/Cut Out


William Kentridge: Universal Archive

Internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge has produced a vast body of interrelated work in drawing, printmaking, sculpture, film, theatre, opera, and puppetry. This exhibition presents more than 75 original linocuts from an ongoing series the artist began in 2012. Featuring a repertoire of images frequently used by Kentridge across media—trees, coffee pots, cats, typewriters, birds, horses, self-portraits— Universal Archive explores how the interplay of text and images serves as a metaphor for the interaction between rational and creative processes.

Learn more: William Kentridge: Universal Archive


Paintings and Sculptures by Sally and Peter Saul

Peter Saul has been a practicing artist for more than 50 years. His paintings engage the viewer with a riot of color and images that seem to be a strange hybrid of Surrealism, Pop Art and political cartoons mixed with a Mad Magazine sensibility. His work is both beautiful and repelling as it reflects upon our political and social environment. 

Learn more: Paintings and Sculptures by Sally and Peter Saul


Impulse: A Trip Inside

Human beings have an innate need to create. Artists express their creative impulses through a variety of forms and media. Whether it is a Yoruba carver from Nigeria fashioning a wooden figure as a memorial to twins who have died, or Thad Mosley, a contemporary sculptor from Pittsburgh using those same carving techniques to create abstract modernist forms, both seek to visually communicate their thoughts and feelings with the world. 

Learn more: Impulse: A Trip Inside


My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action

My Hero! presents a collection of international artworks that explore iconic superhero imagery, along with reimagined interpretations of our classic heroes. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal idols, and also present critical questions about their popularity and God-like stature. Some artists in the exhibition spin the fantasy further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging being and even as an animal. 

Learn more: My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action


Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth: Chinese Master Ceramists

“Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth” opened at the Art Museum of West Virginia University in Morgantown on March 2, 2018.  This exhibit examines the dynamic interplay between millennia of tradition and recent years of rapid innovation. Chinese artist and curator Xiaoping Luo writes, “In Chinese contemporary ceramics, twined streams of heritage and innovation flow together to form a mighty river.”

Learn more: Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth: Chinese Master Ceramists


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