Graphic Design Students Offer Community Service, Via Professional Design Work

Senior graphic design majors at West Liberty University are once again offering their skills and talents as a service to non-profit groups in the Ohio Valley. For the past 14 years, WLU students have designed community projects ranging from logos, posters, brochures, and billboards, to book covers, presentations, signage and websites. Associate Professor James Haizlett coordinates the program. “This as an outreach to the community, helping organizations with limited budgets receive the services of our highly motivated, energetic, and creative students,” he said. Haizlett is primarily interested in helping non-profit organizations and groups who do not have the funds to hire professional design services. The students form design “companies” and learn how to deal with clients on a professional level, setting budgets, timelines and following a design brief to completion. “The experience is invaluable to the students because they learn how to deal with “real world” clients. In turn, organizations throughout the Ohio Valley receive excellent design work to help market their organizations,” Haizlett added. The program depends on local involvement and Professor Haizlett is asking that interested organizations contact him to receive an application via email at, [email protected] Project applications must be received by Sept. 8, 2013. For more information on the graphic arts program, please visit the College of Arts and Communication webpage. AUGUST 26,...

Arts and Communication Graduate Jessica Crighton picked for position at British University

West Liberty University graduate Jessica Crighton ‘13, was selected as digital media assistant at the University of Hertfordshire, England recently. Crighton, who’s from Chester, W.Va., earned her WLU degree in digital media with the College of Arts and Communications. She now lives in London and commutes by train to her position at the University of Hertfordshire, which is about 30 miles out of London. “I work on the website (herts.ac.uk) and my job entails pretty much everything that I learned in my digital media degree: graphic design, video production, online marketing, web, etc. I’m so happy with where I am and enjoy what I’m doing! I know my internships through the Washington Center and skills I learned in my degree helped me out immensely! “I’m also happy I attended West Liberty. It allowed me to go to D.C. and London through The Washington Center which I think is one of the best programs West Liberty offers it’s students.” West Liberty offers its students opportunities to work and study abroad through the Washington Center and is the largest internship placement organization in Washington, D.C. “Jessica was a great student and one of many from her family to graduate from WLU. It’s not a surprise she is finding success right after graduation. She’s smart, creative, driven and very sincere. She was able to take the high tech skills she learned in college and package that with excellent creative and story telling skills,” said one of her instructors here at WLU, Brian Fencl. Fencl is professor of art and chair of the department of communications studies and visual art. “All of the teachers I had at...

Paint Historic Wheeling

Join members of Artworks Around Town for a weekend of outdoor painting to commemorate West Virginia’s 150th Birthday! Receptions, artist workshops and public art shows will take place throughout the weekend for artists to share inspiration and for the public to see the beauty of our city through the eyes of talented artists. Once again WLU is sponsoring the events keynote speaker as well as providing food for the event. “This is an opportunity for the Art Program at WLU to work with our great community partners, encourage our students to get out and paint and continue to broaden the training of our students and community members” stated Art Department Chair Brian Fencl. WLU’s special guest this year is painter Christopher Seubert. He is an excellent teacher and an ideal person to lead a workshop for artists interested in drawing and painting cityscapes. Here is a brief bio for the keynote speaker: As a painter and draughtsman, Christopher has participated in-group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dahesh Museum in Manhattan, and has appeared in American Artist Magazine. He participated in the Prince of Wales Institute and the New York Academy of Art sponsored plein-air painting program hosted by Christopher Forbes in Balleroy, Normandy, France. This past summer he exhibited in a group show at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz entitled “Out of the Studio.” Currently he is teaching at Marist College and at the Barret Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Christopher’s workshop kick’s off at 9AM on Friday August 2nd with his artist talk taking place at 7PM at ArtWorks...

Warhol Museum Joins With The Center For Arts And Education To Teach Art To Teachers

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University, recently presented a special topics course designed to help West Liberty University elementary education majors learn to use art as a tool to integrate social justice, environmental, and health issues into their artwork and curriculum this spring. The course was also open to students majoring in art education, graphic design and interdisciplinary studies. “Thanks to a grant from the Benedum Foundation, the Warhol presented activities adapted for the classroom from two of their existing youth programs: RUST (Radical Urban Silkscreening Team) and Power Up (a program that empowers young women to become advocates to their peers),” explained Tresa Varner, curator of education and interpretation at the Warhol. Students studied photographic silkscreen printing, graphic design and digital imaging and created projects that included posters, brochures, stickers and t-shirts. “The processes involved thinking about and making art to help the students develop a variety of 21st-century skills, such as creative problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. The course also incorporated themes that resonate with youth culture, such as the environment and social justice,” said Lou Karas, director of the WLU Center for Arts and Education. “The goal of this course was to encourage students to use their imaginations and creative resources as they learn Andy Warhol’s silkscreen techniques and newer printmaking processes. Through artmaking, they learn to communicate strong and personally expressive messages that can inspire positive changes in their peer groups, neighborhoods and communities.” The course was open to West Liberty University rising seniors and May graduates and resulted in three...

2013 Senior Exhibition

The spring 2013 Senior Exhibition opens Wednesday, April 24th. This years show features the work of graduating seniors . Bryan Gasaway, Krista Groves, Courtney Moulder, Caleb Fillburn, Amanda Swann, Vinnie Candelore, Sydney Vuiller and Victoria Bryant. The show features a mix of styles and techniques and features work from a talented and visually sophisticated group. The gallery opening is Wednesday April 24th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the show runs from April 24th to May 9th. 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...

The arts and our community

Mayor McKenzie discusses art education program By Caitlyn Johnson, Contributing Writer The City of Wheeling’s Mayor and West Liberty University alumnus Andy McKenzie recently went on the record about how the arts, education, and the economy are an integral part of a successful community. “A community must embrace the arts in order to succeed,” McKenzie said. “The arts create opportunity, education, and economic development.” One program that is currently working to integrate arts into classrooms from Pre-K to 12th grade is the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University. The center is a collaborative effort between the Appalachian Education Initiative and WLU’s College of Education and College of Arts and Communication. The efforts of the center coincide with programs within Wheeling, such as the Arts and Cultural Commission, which is a committee that works to offer a profusion of arts and cultural activities to the local community just as larger cities are able to do. West Liberty students have already worked with the commission to decorate one of the bridges that leads into downtown Wheeling in an attempt to make the city aesthetically pleasing for residents and visitors. McKenzie explained that the arts, education, and economic development go hand-in-hand. He explained that a community that implements the arts is a vibrant community that attracts students to stay within the area. “The Center for Arts and Education serves as an advocate for other schools that are considering ways to further implement the arts into the educational world,” he said. “The efforts of the center could lead to a collaboration among local higher education schools.” The center has raised...