A group exhibition by artists from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, along with paintings by Pittsburgh artist Michael Morrill, are the new exhibitions at West Virginia University.

Both exhibits, on display in the Creative Arts Centers Mesaros Galleries, will be open through Oct. 13.

The Dissolution of Illusion,on view in the Paul Mesaros Gallery, deals with the return to makingpictures,as opposed to makingpaintingsorphotographs.The artists include Jason Meadows and Anthony Pearson from Los Angeles, Jessie Chapman from New York and Noah Rorem from Chicago.

These four young artists privilege the image over the medium,said Robert Bridges, curator of the Mesaros Galleries.For example, in Meadows sculpture, titled �€~The Shell Game,the literal and visual translation of his piece is inseparable.

Pittsburgh artist Michael Morrill has a background in sculpture but has worked primarily as a painter since the mid-1980s. His recent work,Shadow Work,is on view in the Laura Mesaros Gallery.

Morrill will present a visiting artist lecture in the WVU Division of Art at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the CAC s Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A). The opening reception for both exhibitions will follow at 6 p.m. at the Mesaros Galleries.

Morrill is interested in the influences of 20 th century abstract art and the impact of digital imaging technologies on the practice of contemporary abstraction.

In my work, I look for a critical point poised between instinct and logic, memory and perception, past experience and present condition,he said.I am interested in the space in and around things. In my installations, there are only enough parts to sense that what is present is a fragment of a larger invisible structure.

Morrill received a bachelors of fine arts degree from Alfred University School of Art and Design and a masters of fine arts degree from Yale University School of Art. His work is represented in many corporate and private collections and is represented by Concept Gallery in Pittsburgh.

Managed and programmed by Bridges and the Division of Art, the Mesaros Galleries organize a diverse and exciting schedule of exhibitions throughout the year. The galleries are committed to showing experimental work that is innovative both in terms of media and content. The Mesaros Galleries also host contemporary artists of important or growing reputation who work in all media in the visiting artist program. All the gallery events and receptions are free and open to the public.

The Mesaros Galleries are open Monday through Thursday from noon-9:30 p.m.; Friday from noon to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from 1-9 p.m. They are closed Sunday and on University holidays. Special viewing times may be arranged upon request.

For more information, contact Bridges at 304-293-2140 ext. 3210 or 293-2312.