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Food Justice in Appalachia

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    Alongside the launch of the in-person Food Justice in     Appalachia Exhibit we are happy to present a                         companion online exhibit

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An exhibit by WVU Libraries in partnership with the WVU Food Justice Lab, the WVU Center for Resilient Communities and TURNROW Appalachian Farm Collective.

Exhibition Dates:

          Print exhibition at WVU Downtown Campus Library: October 2021-June 2022

          Print exhibition at WVU Beckley Campus Library: August 2022-December 2022

Food Justice in Appalachia: Artists Perspectives

January - May 2022

WVU Downtown Campus Library Room 1020

This exhibition includes original artwork around food justice themes from artists nationwide. Media includes painting, sculpture, prints, and drawings. Participating artists include: Jackie Andrews, rural Maryland; Aileen Bassis, Long Island City, NY; Payton Brown, Morgantown, WV; Brian Fencl, Wheeling, WV; Martha Knox, Philadelphia, PA; Eddie Maier, Morgantown, WV; Leo Morrissey, Sea Isle City, NJ; Lis Sundberg, Red Hook, NY; Gerardo Valera, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Ally Zlatar, Glasgow, Scotland

Hybrid Event: Friday, Feb. 11, 12pm ET with Leo Morrissey, Brian Fencl, Gerardo Valera, Aileen Bassis, Ally Zlatar, Payton Brown

Artists will discuss their work in the show and how it relates to their other work, followed by a moderated panel discussion and q-and-a. Artist Payton Brown will be present in the gallery, with the rest on zoom. Registration to come.

Live captioning will be available on the Zoom virtual program. Request for other services can be made by contacting at least three business days prior to the event.

Celebratory opening on World Food Day, October 16, 2021

View the recording of the presentations on the WVU Libraries Youtube page.

This multidisciplinary exhibition by WVU Art in the Libraries, in partnership with the WVU Center for Resilient Communities’ Food Justice Lab and TURNROW Appalachian Farm Collective, explores this multilayered, complex social movement in Appalachia and beyond through narratives from students, scholars and community-based organizations. Original art by eighteen regional artists, is juxtaposed with viewpoints  from  Appalachian non-profit organizations, farmers, food system development programs, cooperatives, and activists, as well as personal perspectives on Appalachian food traditions. The exhibit highlights various sub themes in the movement for food justice and offers suggestions for action  to shape a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system.

Find the full list of exhibition contributors here.

Lead Sponsors:

WVU Humanities Center logo

WVU Humanities Center Collaborative Engagement Grant

WVU Health Promotion logo

WVU Health Promotion and Wellness Grant

Additional Sponsors:

WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences 

MPB Print & Sign Superstore

WV Department of Agriculture

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WVU College of Creative Arts 

WV Humanities Council

WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design 

WVU Office of the Provost Transform This Challenge Grant

WVU Division of Student Life


Mike & Tammy Miller on behalf of Pantry Plus More

Arts Council of Greater Morgantown

Visit Mountaineer Country Convention and Visitors Bureau 

Catherine Wilson Jones

Other resources:

Food Justice LibGuide

Primary and Secondary Food Justice Teacher Guide and Lesson Plans

Joshua Lohnes' presentation on Food Justice in Appalachia on the WVU Libraries YouTube channel

The exhibit will also become a digital exhibit living on the  WVU Libraries' website and archived on  The Research Repository at WVU.

Questions? Questions: Lead Curator: Sally Brown Deskins, WVU Libraries' Exhibits Coordinator, 304.293.0369,  email

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