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.
“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.”
The 20th biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition opened at the Art Museum of West Virginia University in Morgantown on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. Eighty West Virginia artists were selected for the exhibit, which will feature 84 pieces, including painting, drawing, mixed media, craft, photography, digital art, sculpture and print. Twenty-eight counties are represented in the show.
Shepard Fairey, a contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator
and founder of OBEY Clothing, emerged from the skateboarding scene. Fairey attended
the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he first became known for his "Andre
the Giant Has a Posse" (…OBEY…) sticker campaign, which appropriated images from
the comedic supermarket tabloid Weekly World News.
“Studio Window: The Prints of Grace Martin Taylor” in the Deem Print Gallery featured the complete collection of prints, including the important color woodblock prints, of West Virginia artist Grace Martin Taylor (1903-1995), one of America’s innovative printmakers of the 20th century.
“Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists from Appalachia” featured approximately 100 pieces of art from the Ramona Love Lampell and Millard Lampell Collection.
Connections were discovered among the works of art in "Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening," all from the museum’s collection. Curator Robert Bridges selected particular works for their individual expression and their dialogues with one another. The works sparked visual associations that transcended time and place, offering new possibilities and relationships.