Pittsburgh-based installation artist Patricia Villalobos Echeverra will present a visiting artist lecture at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A).

An exhibit of Echeverras work is currently on view in the Laura Mesaros Gallery through Dec. 8 in conjunction with an exhibition by WVU art professor Gerald Harbarth in the Paul Mesaros Gallery.

The opening reception for both exhibitions will follow Echeverras lecture, beginning at 6 p.m. at the galleries. The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

Echeverra was born in Tennessee of Salvadorian parents and raised in Nicaragua and the United States.

Her work is conceptually based in issues involving transcultural identity, gender and the body. Her installations, videos, prints and photos are exhibited nationally and internationally.

Echeverras recent works include printing photo-based images through large screens onto various surfaces, including large-scale black and white photographs and canvas.

Echeverra is currently professor of art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received her master of fine arts degree in printmaking and painting from WVU in 1990 and her bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking and drawing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1988.

More information can be found atwww.patriciavillalobos.com.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, from noon to 9:30 p.m.; Friday from noon to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The galleries are closed Sundays and University holidays. Special individual or group viewing times may be arranged upon request.

For more information, contact Robert Bridges, curator, 304-293-4841, ext. 3210, or 304-293-2312.