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Art in the Libraries

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CESTA 2019 Exhibit

Evansdale Library

The 2019 CESTA is entitled "The Brain Complex" and is representative of chemistry that occurs within the four lobes of the brain.

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Antique book illustration of three plants, with blue stems, green leaves and pod, and red flowerets. Red and blue background, framed in white and blue.

Big Green Data: Herbals, Science, and Art

Downtown Campus Library (Oct-Dec); Evansdale Library (Jan-May)

Dr. Farina's recent research focuses on the botanic world in pre-modern medicine, philosophy, art, and literature, specifically that of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The exhibit introduces viewers to historic herbals, the art and literature they inspired, and present-day correlatives.

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Graphic image of contemporarily designed gas station with a large horse head adorning the roof, in an angled-hilly environment at sunset. One silhouette figure and truck are placed near the station.

Appalachian Futures

Downtown Campus Library

Appalachian Futures is WVU Libraries' second annual collaborative, multidisciplinary project advancing important conversations in the region. The exhibit addresses the dominant contemporary narratives about Appalachia in a new way— how the people of Appalachia have worked and will work to rewrite their own narrative and transcend limiting definitions of what it means to be Appalachian synthesizing humanities research, art, and civic action.

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Allowat: by Dick Allowatt. Collaged image of a brown and white small house with three windows, with a Caucasian family of a man, woman and young child dressed in early 20th century garb, sitting on the roof. House sits atop a field of green leafy plants with a grassy treed hill in the background and blue sky.

REMIXing the Archives

Downtown Campus Library

Modeled after the Virginia Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference project, REMIX / ARCHIVAL ODDITIES, this exhibition and online project by the WVU Libraries Art in the Libraries program was developed to inspire literal and figurative out-of-the-box ideas for the WVRHC collections.

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Susan Dew Hoff

West Virginia Women

Health Sciences Center Pylons

This series of portraits of twenty notable West Virginia Women was originally on display in IN.EXclusive: An exhibit and event series dedicated to West Virginia Women, at Arts Monongahela in 2017.

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print showing color and texture of rocks

With a Grain of Salt: Art in Rocks

Downtown Campus Library, Room 1020

Kathleen Benison uses sedimentary geology, geochemistry, and geomicrobiology to study the deposition and diagenesis of continental evaporites and red beds. Photographs of these rocks serve as both scientific evidence and aesthetic objects.

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Flowers in Sunlight

Honeybees, Photography, and a Blowtorch . . .

Health Sciences Library

WVU School of Medicine Grants Administrator Dana Gray displays a series of her wax encaustic paintings at Health Sciences Library.

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house in distance and person in foreground

Dean of the Libraries Student Art awards, 2018

Downtown Campus & Evansdale Libraries

In November, the Art in the Libraries Committee awarded the College of Creative Arts students Cancan Huang and Jacqueline Circkirillo with the Dean of the Libraries' arts awards. Huang's work, Dolma, an oil painting, will be on display in the Downtown Campus Library lobby for the spring semester. Circkirillo''s work, Margaret, an oil painting, will go on display at Evansdale Library for the spring semester.

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kids in bathing suits playing in grass with inflatable balls

Looking at Appalachia: HOPE

Health Sciences Library

West Virginia based photographer Roger May collaboratively curates this exhibit of crowd-sourced images from amateur and professional photographers across Appalachia, broadening the contemporary definitions of the region and its people.

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professor and students with cricket bats

WVU Health Sciences Global Engagement Cases Exhibit

Health Sciences Library

Global health programs transform lives. This exhibit outside the WVU Health Sciences Library celebrates WVU Health Sciences' Global Engagement Office (GEO) which works to secure strategic global collaborations that enhance the academic, clinical, research, and service experiences of our students and faculty.

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back of man with snake peeking over shoulder

Documentary Photographer to Exhibit Work, Speak About Serpent Handling in October

Downtown Campus Library

Lauren Pond, an award-winning documentary photographer based in Columbus, Ohio, will speak on October 22 about her recent book, Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation (Duke University Press: 2017), which chronicles the life, death, and legacy of Pastor Mack Wolford, a Pentecostal serpent handler from West Virginia.

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silhouette of woman

Rebecca Kiger: A Knowing Intimacy

Health Sciences Library

Opening August 1 at the Health Sciences Library is an exhibition of Rebecca Kiger's photographs from the A Knowing Intimacy exhibit, a group exhibition that was on view at the Downtown Campus Library in March, 2018.

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Avatars and their Players: From Object to Other

Downtown Campus Library

Drs. Jaime Banks and Nick Bowman visualize their scholarly research on the experiences and effects of video gamers' connections with their avatars. This exhibit features "100 Avatars," digital element, in collaboration with WVU Libraries. The digital collection features players' images and stories, recounting their favorite memories with favorite videogame avatars. These stories illustrate the impact avatars have had on their lives -- dispelling assumptions and myths about gamers and highlighting the ways that avatars can be meaningful in contemporary life.

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Bahrain scenery

Global Affairs presents: WVU in the Middle East, a Global Portals exhibit

Evansdale Library

WVU's Office of Global Affairs establishes a Global University through strategic internationalization and preparing globally-minded graduates for an increasingly global workforce. This exhibit is a display around their first Global Portal with Bahrain, expanding into the broader Middle East countries. Exhibit includes images, artifacts and student testimonial around this program that develops partnerships and serves as a hub for coordinating WVU activities in the region.

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children looking at stone pond

College of Creative Arts Advanced Painting: WATER

Downtown Campus Library

WVU College of Creative Arts Painting Professor Naijun Zhang works with themed series of photographs from the West Virginia & Regional History Center On View collection, for assignments for his Advanced Painting classes. This fall, paintings of water from floods, to play in rivers, from years past, are depicted realistically, expressionistically and abstractly by these students, in conjunction with the WATER exhibit on the main floor.

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front and back view of woman in yellow dress

Sustainable Fashion

Evansdale Library

WVU Professor of Fashion, Dress & Merchandising presents an exhibit of her work alongside student designs exploring various sustainable practices from Zero-Waste, Transformation to Up-Cycling.

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man in bedroom with guitar

100 Days in Appalachia

Beckley Campus Library

The "100 Days in Appalachia" exhibit depicts the diversity of voices across Appalachia. The photo series strives to show the varied faces, passions, issues and opinions from around the region. "100 Days in Appalachia" is an experimental journalism project launched by the College of Media in January 2017. It was designed to burst the partisan filter bubbles on social media and candidly narrate the first 100 days of the new presidential administration from within the heart of the region.

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heart, leaf, molecules, atoms, chemical formula, DNA images surrounding red cross symbol in center

Art & Health: Artwork by Health Care Professionals

Health Sciences Library

In collaboration with Health Sciences Center, this display includes a range of two and three dimensional work by people who work in health industries at WVU, including photography, painting, ceramics and more, with topics ranging from landscape to health to abstract expression.

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tents in desert

TRAUMA: A Campus Read inspired exhibit

Health Sciences Library

In conjunction with Campus Read programming around the book, Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel, 2014, Vintage Books), around a fictional flu pandemic that decimated the population of the world, presenting inquiries into what it means to survive, reflecting on art, history and human connection. The exhibit explores these issues with artwork produced by WVU students in Multidisciplinary Studies.

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Gee with neckties

Passion or Obsession? President Gee's Bow Ties

Evansdale Library

Art in the Libraries begins a new series of exhibitions featuring community member's collections, beginning fittingly and prominently with WVU's President Gee's bow tie collection. Spanning more than three decades and numbering in the thousands, his bow ties exude his vibrant style and character and present a distinct, vast artistry. The exhibit includes a selection of ties as well as photographs and stories. Whether be passion or obsession, you decide.

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rough water

Women & Water in West Virginia

Downtown Campus Library

Art in the Libraries begins a new series of exhibitions featuring community member's collections, beginning fittingly and prominently with WVU's President Gee's bow tie collection. Spanning more than three decades and numbering in the thousands, his bow ties exude his vibrant style and character and present a distinct, vast artistry. The exhibit includes a selection of ties as well as photographs and stories. Whether be passion or obsession, you decide.

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students with interactive sculpture

CESTA 2018 Exhibit

Evansdale Library

An interactive sculpture on display at the Evansdale Library illustrates the structure and function of a particular enzyme and can charge your SmartPhone.

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brightly colored painting of women

Representing West Virginia: Paintings of Helen Holt by Advanced Painting Students

Downtown Campus Library

Students in College of Creative Arts Painting Professor Naijun Zhang's Advanced Painting class created works inspired by photographs from the West Virginia and Regional History Center's On View online photographs collection, of Helen Holt (1913-2015), the first woman to hold statewide elected office in West Virginia.

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light through tree

Looking at Morgantown

Downtown Campus Library

Looking at Morgantown is an exhibit of 24 photographs representing the people, places and events in our area.

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brightly colored painting with many people at a party

100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolutions

Downtown Campus Library

This exhibit displays 14 paintings inspired by Julia Davis Adams' trip to Russia by West Virginia University advanced painting students of College of Creative Arts Professor Naijun Zhang.

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off the deep end painting

WATER: A cross-disciplinary exhibit exploring the significance, power & play of life's critical resource

Downtown Campus Library

This collaborative, cross-disciplinary, multimedia exhibit examines the power, control, scarcity, abundance, play and impact of water in its various forms. Coming August 2018.

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college students hanging out

Glassblowing to Community Building: Sunnyside's Changing Cultural Landscape

Downtown Campus Library

Glassblowing to Community Building is a collaborative exhibit, providing a brief overview of the Sunnyside neighborhood through photography.

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Contemporary Literary Appalachia: Reimagining Classic Appalachian Book Covers

Downtown Campus Library

College of Creative Arts Professor of Graphic Design Joseph Galbreath's advanced design students worked with the West Virginia & Regional History Center Appalachian and Rare Book Collections to reimagine classic Appalachian book covers. Student designs are enlarged and displayed in study rooms throughout the year as well as displayed as 3-D book objects in entryway cases in January.

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book cover

Book Arts Exhibit with Books from the WVRHC Rare Books Collection

Downtown Campus Library

This exhibit includes works by local and regional artists including books created by College of Creative Arts Professor of Graphic Design Eve Faulkes, the late Professor Emeritus, Cliff Harvey, photographer Steve Lawson, former WVU Books Arts professor and master typographer, Rich Hopkins, among others.

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little girl on woman's lap looking through a kaleidoscope

A Knowing Intimacy: A photography exhibit by West Virginia women

Downtown Campus Library

With A Knowing Intimacy, Sheldon reflects on how LA Times described her work with a "knowing intimacy," and this shared quality among her and the work of West Virginia based photographers Rebecca Kiger, Meg Elizabeth Ward and Lisa Elmaleh.

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geometric design from Jelfs book cover

WVU Press Exhibition Space Debut

Downtown Campus Library

The WVU Libraries has invited the WVU Press to present rotating exhibits of their newly released book covers around the 2nd floor of the Downtown Campus Library. .

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night sky artwork

WVU's Jackson Hole Photography Workshop: Ten Years in the Making

Downtown Campus Library

Professor of Photography Michael Sherwin celebrates ten years of teaching the Jackson Hole Photography workshop in an exhibition featuring numerous print and electronic images taken by Sherwin and his students. The exhibit runs through June 2018. Professor Sherwin will present with some of his students on February 15 at 4:00pm.

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cropped image from Grindle's winning art piece

College of Creative Arts Student Juried Award Winners Exhibit

Downtown Campus Library

The WVU School of Art & Design presented its sixth annual Juried Student Exhibition November 2017-January 12, 2018, and The award winners from this exhibit are on display at the Downtown Campus Library's new rotating exhibit space, 1020, through February 27, 2018.

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women standing in group

When the Computer Wore a Skirt

Downtown Campus Library

The exhibit "When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA's Human Computers," explores the history and personalities behind Hidden Figures including West Virginians Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan.

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painting of mouth with tongue sticking out

Tiera Joy Tanner

Evansdale Library

Moments in time captured on film are taken into the hands of West Virginia University College of Creative Arts painting graduate student Tiera Joy Tanner and made into something new yet nostalgic.

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cover of book

A Marked, Unmarked, Remembered

Downtown Campus Library

From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster to the Trail of Tears, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered (West Virginia University Press, 2017) presents photographs of significant sites from US history, posing unsettling questions about the contested memory of traumatic episodes from the nation's past.

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Bodies of Truth

Health Sciences Library

Wheeling based artist Lacie Wallace shares self-portraits and other artwork she has painted throughout her experience in and out of hospitals as a patient with cancer as she has become "more aware of my new body, my cancer body."

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woman standing on bridge

Unseen, Unknown

Evansdale Library

"Unseen, Unknown: An Augmented Reality Exhibit Exploring WV Sights & Stories" is a new exhibit created by students and faculty in the West Virginia University Reed College of Media and WVU Libraries that will highlight the success of unknown West Virginians through augmented reality.

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photos from exhibit

Face of Homelessness

Evansdale Library

Face of Homelessness is a project by WVU College of Creative Arts Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Kofi Opoku, to serve as a voice for people who are currently homeless or have recently been housed in Morgantown.

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artistic photo of road

The Divide

Downtown Campus Library

Raymond Thompson's photo series documenting Appalachian prison visits is on display in the second floor Atrium at the Downtown Campus Library.

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self portrait, with canvas and clip

New American Paintings

Evansdale Library

Patrick Bayly will display a series of his award-winning paintings at Evansdale Campus Library in August.

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image of sculpture, Object D4h

CESTA Exhibit

Evansdale Library

"Object D4h," a rotating, 6' x 3' x 6' metal and plastic sculpture, explores symmetry, and was designed to be an abstracted representation of a molecule synthesized by Professor Hoover's research group.

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image of sculpture, Caught In Between

Ceramics Student Exhibit

Evansdale Library

The Libraries are delighted to exhibit the WVU Clay Club's beautiful ceramic works.

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women at swimming hole

Looking at Appalachia

Downtown Library, 1st Floor

Looking at Appalachia is a juried collection of photographs from amateur and professional photographers representing every state in the Appalachian Region. Directed by Roger May.

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water and trees in mist


Downtown Library, 2nd Floor Atrium

Hollow is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, WV.

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close up magnification

Life: Magnified

Health Sciences Library

An installation of thirteen back-lit images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times from the National Institutes of Health.

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microscopic photograph

Photography by Allan Jones

Health Sciences Library

An exhibit of various medical microscopic photographs using an Olympus polarizing microscope at a 10X objective.

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abstract painting

Paintings by Max Hayslette

Downtown Library, 6th floor

An installation of two-dimensional abstract paintings that are divided into foreground, middleground and background planes.

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person on ladder painting mural on wall

Photography by Betty Rivard

Wise Library

An exhibit of West Virginia Landscape Photographs.

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hindu monks in parade

Fractured Spaces

Past Exhibit

A three part show bringing together work focusing on communities disrupted and dislocated by political and cultural conflict. The last day of the exhibit was May 8, 2016.

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