The Secret Lives of Robots

West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Secret Lives of Robots: Art by Toby Fraley. The exhibition will be on view from October 1st through 23rd, 2014. The opening reception is Wednesday, October 1, 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Fraley’s work can be seen in public spaces around Pittsburgh, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh and the Scottsdale Arizona Civic Center. Upcoming Nutting Gallery artist Gary Henzler said “It’s my favorite show I’ve ever seen at Space Gallery downtown- truly inspiring.”  The Nutting Gallery is located in the Hall of Fine Arts on the campus of West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV. All exhibitions at the Nutting Gallery are free and open to the public. The gallery is open 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM weekdays; evenings and weekends by arrangement. For additional information contact Robert Villamagna at 304-336-8370 or at [email protected] Mission The Nutting Gallery is dedicated to educating, enriching and engaging students and the public through art exhibitions of the highest quality and to promoting the visual arts within our community. The Gallery fulfills this mission through eight exhibitions during the academic year. This exhibition schedule includes five exhibitions by visiting artists, two Senior Exhibitions, and the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition. The Nutting Gallery is also dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of West Liberty University. These offerings are supported by the Department of Art and Communications, and guided by the Gallery...

Clay, Metal Cans and Firewood, Sculpture by Jamie Biggs

West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Clay, Metal Cans, and Firewood: Sculpture by Jamey Biggs. The exhibition will be on view from September 3 through 25, 2014. The opening reception is Wednesday, September 3, 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Jamey Biggs grew up in Summersville, West Virginia. Biggs holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Science in Art education. He completed an MFA in Ceramics at Indiana State University in 2003. Biggs is an Associate Professor of Art at Concord University where he has instructed Ceramics and Sculpture for 10 years. Jamey’s work is primarily ceramic, addressing both sculptural and utilitarian purposes. “I first saw Jamey’s work in a Facebook post that Lambros Tsuhlares shared with me a while back, “ said Robert Villamagna, Director of the Nutting Gallery. “The post was a photo of a Tonka-like truck made of clay. That ceramic truck took me back to the 1950s and 60s when I spent hours playing with the metal construction toys made by Buddy L and Tonka. I love the way Jamey exaggerates the components of these vehicles, and makes them even chunkier and heartier than the originals,” says Villamagna. “I began making the trucks in 2012 for an exhibition curated by Robert Moore and Christine Humphrey in Beckley WV,’ states Biggs. “I was interested in creating work that would be light hearted in its expression and allow me to be light hearted during its creation. I was hoping to create work that was not explicitly related to my own experience and did not require a great deal...

2014 Paint Historic Wheeling

Paint Historic Wheeling: Plein AirAugust 1-3, Wheeling, West Virginia ARTWORKS Around Town, Ogelbay Institute and West Liberty University invites all artists to participate in the second annual Paint Historic Wheeling plein air painting event, August 1-3 in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. The weekend includes an exciting schedule of workshops with leading regional plein air artists, and public art shows and sales held at ARTWORKS around town in Centre Market. Additional event information and artist registration forms can be on the ARTWORKS Around Town website. Wheeling’s charming neighborhoods feature plenty of inspiration, from downtown streetscapes and unique architectural structures, to rural landscapes, waterways, and gardens. Artists are invited to paint anywhere in the city including Victorian Old Town, the historic Centre Market district and along the scenic river front of the Ohio at Heritage Port. Artist and author Chuck Marshall will be West Liberty’s special guest for the 2014 Paint Historic Wheeling. He will discussing his work, inspirations and methods at the artist kick-off party on Friday August 1st at 6:30PM. The presentation is free and open to the public. He will also be conducting a free plein air demo at Centre Market in Wheeling at 9AM on Saturday August 2nd. Both events will take place at ARTWORKS Around Town in Center Market in Wheeling. Here is a PDF copy of an article Chuck wrote for Plein Air magazine. Artist Bio– Chuck Marshall (Charles W. Marshall, Jr.) was born and raised in Ohio. He grew up in the very small town of New Antioch, about 7 miles outside of Wilmington. The surrounding area was known for its agriculture – mainly hogs and...

The Dog Show

West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery presents the annual Art Faculty Exhibition Jan. 22 – Feb. 13, 2014. The entertaining exhibition will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 and the public is welcome to attend. West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery presents the annual Art Faculty Exhibition Jan. 22 – Feb. 13, 2014. The entertaining exhibition will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 and the public is welcome to attend. Art faculty members participating in this year’s exhibition are Sarah Davis, Brian Fencl, James Haizlett, Martyna Matusiak, Moon Jung Kang, Nancy Tirone, Lambros Tsuhlares, Robert Villamagna and Neal Warren. “Each year the Art Faculty Exhibition features a theme and this year the art faculty selected the theme of dogs,” said Gallery Director Robert Villamagna. “The dictionary defines dog as a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling or whining voice.” “The works in The Dog Show will cover a wide range of media including drawing, painting, mixed media, digital, construction, photography and installation. The faculty has worked their fingers to the bone in preparing for this exhibition, so it should prove to be a doggone good show.” “Having a new theme for the exhibition each year does a number of things,” he added. “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.”...

2013-14 Incoming Freshmen Scholarship Competition

Scholarships Visual Art Freshmen Scholarship Competition  2013-14 Art Scholarship Competition West Liberty University’s Division of Art announces the availability of a four-year scholarship for a graduating high school senior who wishes to major in art at West Liberty University. The competition is open to all graduating seniors, and is not limited to residents of West Virginia. Applicants must have submitted an application for admittance to WLU. Students must submit a portfolio of at least six pieces of original work. The winner, as determined by the art faculty, will receive a four-year renewable art scholarship and a Housing Grant to study art at West Liberty University. Housing grants cover at least 80% of the total room cost only, and pay nothing toward board. Second and third place awards of Housing Grants may be granted if available and appropriate. SCHEDULE Portfolios will be accepted in the Fine Arts Office, room 207, Hall of Fine Arts, December 2nd and 3rd, 2013 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Judging will take place on December 4th. Finalists will be notified by the end of the workday December 4th and must be available for a personal, on‐campus interview between the dates of December 5th and 9th. The decision of the judges will be announced by December 10th 2013. Those not selected as finalists must pick up their portfolios no later than December 9th in room 207, Hall of Fine Arts between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Please direct any questions to Professor Brian Fencl, Chair, Department of Journalism, Communication Studies and Visual Art, West Liberty University, (304) 336-8433, Email [email protected] SCHOLARSHIP A WLU four-year scholarship equals approximately $1290 per year for...

Tactile Light

West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery welcomes, Tactile Light, featuring work by Michael Smithhammer and Fuyuko Matsubara. Featuring ceramics, weavings, silk paintings and tapestries,Tactile Light brings together the work of husband and wife artists in a gallery show for the first time in fifteen years. The show opened October 30 and November 21, 2013 remains on display through November 21, 2013. Tactile Light: Michael Smithhammer and FuyOctober 30-November 21, 2013 Opening reception Wednesday, October 30, 5:30-7:00 PM All exhibitions at the Nutting Gallery are free and open to the public. The Nutting Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., weekdays, with evenings and weekends available by arrangement. For more information contact Villamagna at 304-336-8370 or at...