John Pascarella, a master of fine arts degree candidate in West Virginia Universitys Division of Art, will present an exhibition of his photography in the Paul Mesaros Gallery at the Creative Arts Center, beginning Nov. 27.

TitledAmerican Standard,the exhibition will be open through Dec. 8. An opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the CAC main lobby near the galleries.

Pascarella will graduate in the spring of 2006 with a degree in inter-media from the College of Creative Arts. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2002.

He has also served as adjunct professor of photography and digital photography in the Division of Art and as an instructor of electronic media, advanced drawing and two-dimensional design.

His areas of expertise include commercial digital image manipulation, large-format digital Chromogenic printing, digital Dy Sublimation printing, large-format digital Ink Jet printing, commercial design and packaging, traditional and non-traditional silver processes, traditional Color Head Chromogenic processes, and digital lab creation.

In 2006 his work won National Award of HonorBest of Show in the Westmoreland Art Nationals, held at Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, Pa. The award for the pieceuntitled,(dining room with parts for Chevrolet), came with a $1000 cash prize. Pascarellas other awards include the Deans Award for Outstanding Performance in the Arts at Youngstown State University in 2002, awards from the Butler Museum of American Art for Best of Show in student art shows at the McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown University in 2000 and 2001, and the John M. Mitchel Memorial Grant for Best Photograph at the McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown University in 2000.

His work has been included in many regional exhibitions, including the Bliss Gallery at Youngstown State University; Vine Avenue Gallery, Millworks Gallery, Inc., West Minster College, Cuyahoga Community College, Ohio Dominican University, Weyers-Sampson Art Gallery at Theil College, and Kent State University, among others.

In addition, he will also have a solo exhibition at the DV8 Gallery in Greensburg, Pa., in 2007 titledCadillac Spills.

He has curated exhibitions at the WVU Mountainlair and at Bliss Gallery at Youngstown State, as well as the ARTS -ROMPP photo exhibition held at the WVU Creative Arts Center in conjunction with the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

His work is also included in Teaching Photography, by Glenn Rand and Richard Zakia, published by Focal Press, and in Photographers Forum, Best of College Photography Annual 2001, by Serbin Publications in California.

Managed and programmed by Curator Robert Bridges and the WVU 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 its Visiting Artist Program.

All Mesaros Galleries events, including art lectures, exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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 293-2312.