Brian Fencl

IMG_2121Brian Fencl
Professor of Art,
Chair Department of Journalism, Communication Studies and Visual Art

Contact Information:
Hall of Fine Art, office #202
(304) 336-8433
[email protected]
twitter: @fenclstudio

Mailing Information:

208 University Dr.
Hall of Fine Arts, CUB 125
West Liberty, WV 26074



New York Academy of Art, MFA in Drawing, 2000

Art Center College of Design, BFA in Illustration, 1990

Exhibition and Publication Record

2012–”Human Behavior,” Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA
2011- Alumni Spotlight, Forum for the Academy Community, New York Academy of Art

2010- “Reflections,  the Art of Brian Fencl,” West Virginia State University, Charleston, WV
2010- “Have You Been Here?” Artisan Center, Wheeling, WV
2008 – “7th Annual West Virginia Art and Craft Guild Juried Show,” Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WV

2008 – “I’m Not That Innocent,” Morehead State University, KY
2007 – “Pigments of the Imagination,” Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 – “6th Annual West Virginia Art and Craft Guild Juried Show,” Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WV
2006 – “Paint Oglebay Park,” Schrader Environmental Center, Wheeling, WV
2006 – “WLSC Faculty Exhibition,” Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling, WV
2005 – “Take Home A Nude,” 2005, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York City, NY
2005 – “Paint, Clay, Metal,” Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA
2005 – “Mostra di pittura,” Galleria at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Umbria, Italy
2005 – “On Display,” Faculty Exhibition, West Liberty State College, West Liberty, WV
2004 – “Creativity, Up Close and Personal,” Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 – “New Funk,” Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 – “Appalachian Corridors,” Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, WV
2002 – “Idiosyncratic Tendencies,” Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, CO
2002 – “Oil Paintings and Drawings,” National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
2002 – “Symbols of the Jester,” Steamboat Springs Arts Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2001 – “Exposed,” Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
2001 – “Past and Present,” University of Colorado at Denver Faculty Show, Denver, CO
2000 – “Winter Show,” ArtsForum Gallery, New York City, NY
1999 – “New Artists Show,” Art Students Showcase, New York City, NY
1998 – “The Sleep of Reason,” C. & J. Goodfriend Gallery, Kent, CT
Reviewed by William Zimmer, “Fantasy, With Death as a Common Backdrop,” New York Times, July 5, 1998
1998 – “Inaugural Group Show,” Canaan Gallery, Littleton, CO
1998 – “Art Exchange Show,” [email protected] Fine Art, New York City, NY
1998 – “Small Works,” Washington Square East Galleries, New York City, NY

Professional Experience

West Liberty University, Associate Professor of Art, August 2002 to present.

  • Chair Department of Journalism, Communication Studies and Visual Art, June 2009 to the present
  • Responsible for teaching all levels of drawing, art history 1 thru 3, survey of non-western art, art appreciation for the art major, color theory, illustration, and Mentor for Honors Society students
  • Interim Assistant Department Chair, Arts and Communications, July 2008 –June 2009
  • Responsible for organizing the Art Department’s annual Extreme Art Night since 2002.
  • Responsible for academic advising
  • Art studio coordinator
  • Elected to Faculty Senate (April 2004 to present) and current member of the Arts and Communication Assessment Committee, Interdisciplinary Committee, Department Chairs Council, former member Handbook Review Committee, WebCT Vista faculty trainer and WLSC Excellence Committee

West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, Master Instructor for the Visual Arts, 2008 -2010, West Liberty University

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Lecturer and demonstration, Fall 2007

  • Drawing From the Past” lecture and demonstration on how artists have traditionally trained from plaster casts
  • “Mise En Page and the Museum” five week drawing course taught in the museums galleries
  • Taught two sections of “I can’t draw” for the museum’s education department

Creator and Organizer of “Paint Oglebay Park”, 2006 to present

  • Two-day plein air painting event organized with the support of Oglebay Institute, West Liberty University and Artworks Around Town
  • Annual event in its sixth year with the participation of over fifty artists.

Wheeling Jesuit University, Adjunct faculty, Spring 2004-2007.

Courses taught: drawing one, art appreciation and introduction to watercolor

University of Colorado at Denver, Honorarium faculty, Spring 2001 to Summer 2002

Courses taught: basic drawing, drawing 2, intermediate drawing, painting 1 and 2


2009- Best of Show, Persad Center Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art Auction, Pittsburgh, PA
2008- Best of Show, West Virginia Arts and Crafts Guild 7th Annual Juried Competition, Parkersburg Arts Center, Parkersburg, WV
2006-2007 – Professor of the Year, West Liberty State College, voted on by the students and awarded by the Student Government Association
2005 – Artist In Residence The International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy
2005 – Professional Development Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts

  • Grant presented with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

2003 – West Liberty State College Alumni Association Purchase Award
2001-2002 – The Drawing Center, New York City, NY, Artists Viewing Program,
2001 – “Symbols of the Jester” Steamboat Springs Arts Center, Juried Show, Jurors Prize, Steamboat Springs, CO
1998 – “Small Works” Washington Square East Galleries, Juried Show, Honorable Mention, New York City, NY