Paintings of Ed Bisese

The new exhibition at the Nutting Gallery, “Brighter Days: The Paintings of Ed Bisese”, runs March 28 through April 19, 2013. There is no opening reception for this exhibition, however you will be able to meet and talk with the artist in the gallery on Friday, April 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in conjunction with Madfest. Everyone is welcome! In the meantime, stop by the gallery beginning Thursday and check out “Brighter Days”. Are you off campus and cannot make it on a week day? Would you like to visit the gallery in the evening? Contact Robert Villamagna at [email protected] to make arrangements. The Nutting Gallery is located in the Hall of Fine Arts. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours for weekends and other times are by arrangement only. For more information, please contact Villamagna at [email protected] or...

2013 WV MADFest

The 2013 WV MAdfest (Media Arts and Design festival) will take place on the Campus of West Liberty University on Friday, April 19, from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM. It will be a day filled with hands on workshops, professional presentations, and a student media arts awards competition and ceremony. REGISTRATION: You must register for sessions on this site in order to participate in the festival. The MAD Festival competition is open to all West Liberty University students. There is also a separate competition for high school students from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the media arts. Online entries will be accepted from March 1 – 25. See the Competition FAQ for more details. Questions about the event or competition should be directed toward MAD Festival Director Jim Haizlett...

Mud Show

The Nutting Gallery at West Liberty University will present an exhibition that looks at pottery in its “WV Mud Show,” Feb. 19-March 21, 2013. The exhibition features clay work by two of West Virginia’s finest potters, Gary Shaffer and Kurt Teeter, according to Robert Villamagna, Nutting Gallery director and assistant professor of art. It will open with a reception from 5:30- 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public. Shaffer lives and works in Brooks, W.Va., located in the New River National River area. He produces high-fired stoneware and porcelain pottery, mostly wheel thrown, and fires reduction cone 10 in three kilns – one for glaze ware, one for salt firing and the third for wood firing. Shaffer began making pottery in a high school program in Wellsburg, W.Va., and went on to Glenville State College studying ceramics under Charles Scott. Upon graduation, Shaffer taught junior high and high school art and mathematics in Wirt County, W.Va. In 1982 he began making pottery on a full-time basis. Functional pottery is the focus of Shaffer’s work. It is where he has always found great satisfaction. Using a wide variety of glazes and brushwork designs, he sometimes refers to himself as a “multiple personality potter.” Shaffer does not hesitate to jump into new techniques in clay.  Slip-decorated salt fired ware and large, sculptural wood-fired vases and lidded jars are major current interests. These wood-fired pieces are thrown and altered using just the hands and sculpted into their final shape by pushing in and out on the clay. The result is a dramatic yet...

“Oddities” opens in the Nutting Gallery

West Liberty University presents an entertaining and unusual mix of art, created by faculty in its 2013 art faculty exhibition, Jan. 23 – Feb. 14, in the Nutting Gallery. Faculty participating in the exhibition include: Brian Fencl, James Haizlett, Martyna Matusiak, Moonjung Kang, Nancy Tirone, Lambros Tsuhlares, Robert Villamagna and Neal Warren. “This year the art faculty selected the theme of oddities,” said Robert Villamagna, gallery director. “The dictionary defines oddity as an odd person, thing, event or trait. Odd is an adjective denoting the quality of being unpaired, occasional, strange or unusual, or a person who is viewed as eccentric. In other words, the work in this show will focus on the strange and unusual,” he said.“The works in Oddities will cover a wide range of media including drawing, painting, mixed media, digital, construction, photography and installation,” he explained.“Having a new theme for the exhibition each year does a number of things,” Villamagna said. “It brings a freshness to the annual exhibition, it challenges the members of the art faculty and it shows students how a diverse group of artists each approach a single problem or idea, each in their own unique way and in a variety of media.”In talking about his work for this exhibition, Professor Brian Fencl explained, “I used the theme as a catalyst to revisit old ideas and work that I put away because I either lost interest in the image or the piece wasn’t successful. I approached those pieces with the mindset of ‘What else can I add to it?’ Of all of the themes we have worked with over the last five...

Senior Exhibition Fall 2012

The fall 2012 Senior Exhibition opened Wednesday, November 28th. This years show features the work of graduating seniors Kevin Kidwell, Kelsey Wetzel, Brandon Fehr, Rachel Shipley, Anna Phillips and Lauren Herman. The show features a mix of styles and techniques and has been praised  as one of the strongest fall Senior Exhibitions in years. The show runs from November 28th to December 13th. All gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming shows in the Nutting Gallery see our gallery pageand you find The Nutting Gallery on Facebook. Questions can be directed to gallery director Robert Villamagna at (304)336-8370....

Frankenstein Invitational

Over thirty artists explore the theme of Frankenstein in the “Frankenstein Invitational” in the Nutting Gallery. “The novel Frankenstein was a warning against the expansion of modern man in the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus” said gallery director Robert Villamagna and “Mary Shelly is likely to have acquired some ideas for Frankenstein’s character from Humphry Davy’s book Elements of Chemical Philosophy in which he had written that “science has…bestowed upon man powers which may be called creative; which have enabled him to change and modify the beings around him…” The myth of Frankenstein, the history of the story in pop culture and the fun of Halloween night will make this a show to remember. The opening reception is on Wednesday, October 31, 6-8:00 and photos of the opening can be viewed on the Nutting Gallery Facebook page following the opening. The show runs from October 31-November 22, 20112 with gallery hours: 8:30 – 2:30 PM, weekdays or by appointment. Please direct questions to gallery director Robert Villamagna at 304-336-8370 or at [email protected] You can follow the activities in the Nutting Gallery on Facebook....