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New American Paintings

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

Much of Bayly's painting subjects are his friends, professors and local acquaintances, in the style of or inspired by the realism and symmetry of the Renaissance. Bayly's paintings will be complemented by books from the Libraries' Myers Collection for context into his style, research, inspiration and process.

Bayly is a proactive artist; he started "The Bench" Morgantown artists collective, and co-founded The Diamond Shop Art Gallery in downtown Morgantown to promote his peer and local artists, also hosting artists-in-residents. His work is currently on view in the 2017 Best of West Virginia Open Juried Exhibition, presented by the Tamarack Artisan Foundation and TAMARCK: The Best of West Virginia. He was awarded funding through the WVU Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program (SURE), which allowed him to paint and research throughout the summer.

"Patrick's self-motivation propels him to challenge himself with each new painting," said Alison Helm, Director of the School of Art and Design, "Patrick possess the tenacity, discipline and talent that it takes to be a successful painter."

The paintings will be on view on the first floor of Evansdale Library August 8 through August 30, 2017.

Originally from Charleston, WV, Patrick is an artist and organizer, currently living in Morgantown, West Virginia while pursuing his BFA. His artwork has been exhibited wide and is held in private collections in Charleston, WV; Lincoln, NE and Atlanta, GA. He has received several awards including a WVU College of Creative Arts Scholarship, 2016-2017, and the Director's Choice Award, 2016 WVU Juried Student Exhibition.