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.
Circkirillo grew up in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and just graduated with a BFA in painting. Growing up in West Virginia, Circkirillo was influenced by the philosophy that simplicity and humbleness were of huge importance. As a wild West Virginian kid, she felt quite a bit of disconnect with today's fast paced world. Through her portraits, she captures moments of thoughtfulness and conveys appreciation for simplicity.
Huang was raised south of China and is a first semester graduate student in the WVU studio art program. He received traditional academic art training as a teenager which helped him render the form of objects precisely and made him more award of the intricacies of the human body. His paintings reflect the conflicts between Chinese minority groups and Chinese modern society, while exemplifying the artist's keen painting ability.
Circkirillo and Huang will have more artwork on view alongside the work by BFA students Ineke Knudsen and Emma Hagerty, on display in Room 1020 of DCL January 20 — February 28, 2019.
In November, the Art in the Libraries Committee awarded College of Creative Arts' students Megan Grindle and Christina Kang with the Dean of the Libraries' arts awards. Grindle's work, Exposure (2017, acrylic paint, ink, glitter, and art resin) and Kang's work Creatures of Dichotomy: Finding a Bridge Between (2017, sceenprint under etching, watercolor, pins), won the awards selected by the Art in the Libraries Committee at the CCA's Juried Student Exhibit in Laura Mesaros Gallery.
Exposure will be on display in Evansdale Library January through April 2018; Creatures of Dichotomy: Finding a Bridge Between will be on display in the Downtown Campus Library Lobby January through December 2018.
Artist Megan Grindle's work can be explained simply as abstract, but there are more to the layers of paint than that. She explains that her process takes a careful, skillful hand but the decisions on how to move her hands comes from her unconscious mind. For her work she uses an abstract fluid style that allows her to use the randomness of the paint to create a beautiful outcome.
Artist Christina Kang is a printmaker working on her BFA. She is a self proclaimed "tiny lines enthusiast" and explains that her creating her artwork is her way of showing people her personal identity.
Grindle and Kang will have more artwork on view alongside work by recent graduate Mallory Burka, on display in Room 1020 of DCL January 20-February 2018.
Artist Mallory Burka's paintings, from afar, seem photographic until viewers look a little closer. Burka's paintings, though based on her own photographs, are made with oil paint and drop cloth to create a painterly-realistic depiction of structural and natural landmarks in West Virginia. She hopes to interest viewers and persuade them to visit the sites of West Virginia that inspired her.
In November of 2016, Bachelor of Fine Arts printmaking student Emily Londregan won the 2016 Dean of Libraries Student Art Prize for her woodcut print and hand cut wood, Woodcut Flowers.
Beth Royall, Creative Arts Librarian and member of the Art in the Libraries Committee, said: "It's been a privilege to serve on the Dean of Libraries Student Art Prize jury these past two years. The 2016 library jury members, Ashleigh Coren, John Cuthbert, Susanne Rasmussen, Curtis Tenney, Alyssa Wright, and I, enjoyed the challenge of choosing among so many works of such high quality. Londregan's' woodcut impressed us all with its beauty and detail."
Londregan's ink print, alongside the original cut wood used for the print, are on view in the Downtown Campus Library Alumni Lobby through the spring 2017 semester. The artist wanted to exhibit both the print and cut wood to show the process behind the printmaking process. Said the artist:
I was more than happy with the results and very proud to have had the opportunity to show it as a result of the award.
Londregan graduated in December of 2016 and is currently working as a graphic designer in her hometown of Aldie, Virginia. She recounts her time at WVU in the College of Creative Arts warmly. ". . . besides loving WVU as a whole, the Creative Arts Center became my second home. I met so many incredible, inspiring people," wrote Londregan via email, "when I met [Associate Professor of Printmaking] Joe Lupo and started working under him, I feel like I had rediscovered myself as an artist and my passion for what I do. I feel so lucky to have spent so much time there and I tell everyone who hasn't graduated yet: Take advantage of every opportunity, utilize all your resources available to you there but most importantly, hold on to the connections you've made."
Professor Lupo reciprocates the high regard for his former student, saying recently,
Because [Emily's] work is so technically sound, other students often seek out her advice when they are having troubles. She has quickly become a leader in our printshop. . . She is very dedicated to the profession and is interested in a broader understanding of what life as an independent artist is like. Emily is extremely talented.
Londregan was a nominee for West Virginia Tamarack Foundation's inaugural 2016 Emerging Artist Fellows, one of just seventeen artists nominated by West Virginian colleges and universities' faculty.
Find more of her work on her Etsy page, https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmilyLondregan.
The West Virginia University Art in the Libraries Committee has awarded the Dean of the Libraries Award to two student artists in the College of Creative Arts. Matthew Gillette won for his sculpture Slumped, and Floyd-Wheat Robinson for his sculpture Tap Water.
The honors were announced as part of the WVU School of Art & Design's fourth annual Juried Student Exhibition, which featured student work in a variety of mediums including ceramics, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, painting, drawing, video and animation.
We are thrilled to be able support student artists and display their work. This is the first of what will be annual award and an ongoing partnership between the School of Art and Design and the Libraries. The award was created through the generosity of Jon Cawthorne, Dean of the Libraries, and is a part of our new Art in the Libraries program which seeks to bring art and conversation about social and cultural issues into library spaces. -Alyssa Wright, Chair of the Art in the Libraries Committee
The Libraries awarded each artist a $300 prize and will display their works from January 19 to April 29.
Gillette incorporated metal and concrete into the design of Slumped, which will be on display at the Downtown Campus Library. The senior sculpture major is excited about earning exposure and adding the accolade to his portfolio. He considers the honor especially meaningful because it came at his first juried show. He compared winning the award to selling a work.
People appreciating and enjoying something that I created makes me feel happy. It's awesome.
Robinson created his sculpture, Tap Water, last fall while studying aboard in the Chinese city where china originated. He adorned the porcelain fire hydrant with a blue and white pattern reminiscent of a traditional china design and a faucet. It evokes a universal theme.The senior ceramics major is pleased that his work will be on display at the Evansdale Library.
We see the sculpture and know it means water. Everyone needs water, no matter where you come from. This award opens it up for students to see our work on campus. I hope our works help to lighten the mood in the libraries and keep the atmosphere positive.