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05-23-2024
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03-28-2024 Closed Closed for Spring Holiday
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03-16-2024 Closed Closed for Spring Break
03-17-2024 Closed Closed for Spring Break
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Past Exhibitions

Nina Chanel Abney

This fall the Art Museum of WVU will present a solo exhibition by Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982), an artist whose bold, colorful works on paper draw inspiration from current events and invite viewers into timely conversations.

Learn more: Nina Chanel Abney

Virtual Tour: Nina Chanel Abney


In Concert: Photography and the Violin

For nearly the entire history of the medium, violins have appeared in photographs in ways that signify talent, status, geography, and culture – and have often been presented as beautiful objects unto themselves. This exhibition, featuring 250 original photographs, spans a period of more than 175 years from the 1840s to today, and includes examples of nearly every photographic process.

Learn more: In Concert: Photography and the Violin

Virtual Tour: In Concert: Photography and the Violin


In/Humanity: Combat and War in Art

War and combat are inextricably part of the human experience, and art helps us make sense of the ways such conflict brings out the worst—and sometimes the best—in us. This exhibition, in conjunction with the WVU class “The Holocaust in East European Literature and Film,” brings together objects in the Art Museum’s collection for viewers to consider how creative expression in any medium helps us to both understand and reckon the violence of war and combat that permeates our world.

Learn more: In/Humanity: Combat and War in Art


Interior Lives/Deep Focus: Reflections on "Interior Chinatown: A Novel"

Location: Stewart Hall, Second Floor 

This off-site exhibition explores themes related to the 2022-23 Campus Read common reading experience, Interior Chinatown: A Novel  by Charles Yu. It features several objects from the collection of the Art Museum of WVU that explore how visual artists have chosen to express diverse aspects of both personal and collective identities.

Learn more: Interior Lives/Deep Focus: Reflections on "Interior Chinatown: A Novel"

Virtual Tour: Interior Lives/Deep Focus: Reflections on "Interior Chinatown: A Novel"


Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt

Marie Watt (Seneca, b. 1967) is one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary artists, whose work draws on personal experience, indigenous traditions, proto-feminism, mythology, and art history. Drawing on the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, Storywork  is a comprehensive look at Watt’s 30-year career, including more than 60 original prints and sculptural works. The exhibition also showcases Watt’s deep veneration for indigenous narratives, especially those informed by her own Seneca heritage.

Learn more: Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt

Virtual Tour: Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt


Water Between Us: Art and the Campus Read

Location: Stewart Hall, Second Floor

This off-site exhibition explores themes related to the 2021-22 Campus Read common reading experience, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú. It features several photographs of Mexico and its people from the 1930s by American photographer Paul Strand alongside a series of lithographs that look at borders, boundaries, and the social and political implications of mapping and identity co-created by visual artist Enrique Chagoya and poet Alberto Rios—all from the collection of the Art Museum of WVU.

Learn more: Water Between Us: Art and the Campus Read


From the Mountain: Malcolm Davis and the Art of Shino

McGee Gallery

Malcolm Davis (1937–2011) was an internationally recognized ceramic artist who maintained a studio for more than 25 years in Upshur County, West Virginia. He discovered ceramics later in life and became a successful potter and teacher renowned for developing a Japanese-style glaze widely known as “Malcolm Davis Shino.” Featuring more than 70 objects on loan from private collections, this exhibition celebrates Davis’ artistic commitment to both beauty and function through a diversity of forms designed for everyday use.

Learn more: From the Mountain: Malcolm Davis and the Art of Shino

Virtual Tour: From the Mountain: Malcolm Davis and the Art of Shino


True Colors: Picturing Identity

True Colors: Picturing Identity features selections from the New York collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett exhibited for the very first time in West Virginia—including major works by Keith Haring, Deborah Kass, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol, among others. Together with objects from the Art Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition considers how contemporary artists use the human figure in painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and photography to explore and express diverse aspects of both personal and collective identities.  

Learn more: True Colors: Picturing Identity

Virtual Tour: True Colors: Picturing Identity


Rauschenberg in China: The Lotus Series

Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was a groundbreaking and influential American artist who worked in diverse mediums over a six-decade career, including painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and printmaking. This exhibition highlights Rauschenberg’s extended artistic interest in China, from photographs made during his first trip there 1982 to the final large-scale graphic works he completed shortly before his death:  The  Lotus Series.

Learn more: Rauschenberg in China: The Lotus Series


In Conversation with Walker Evans: Four Photographers

In conjunction with Walker Evans American Photographs, on display in the Upper Gallery, the Art Museum is featuring the work of four contemporary photographers in an adjacent gallery installation. Matt Eich, Mitch Epstein, Andrea Modica, and Jared Thorne each make pictures that resonate with Walker Evans’s photographs in distinctive ways, both visually and conceptually—and sometimes unexpectedly. Together they demonstrate how Evans’s work continues to influence artists today, nearly a century after he first visited the region. 

Learn more: In Conversation with Walker Evans: Four Photographers


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