Five West Virginia University graduates will have the unique opportunity to display their artwork at a Pittsburgh gallery Friday (May 29). The WVU graduates will join recent graduates from other colleges and universities in the area.


The exhibit, titled Grade A, will kick off with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. on Friday at the Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh. The exhibit will close on July 10.


The WVU visual art graduates participating are Emily Cumberland, of Kearneysville; Kristina Palumbo, of Morgantown; Joseph Paushel, of Clarksburg; Michelle Propst, of Clarksburg; and Sarah Stroehman, of Morgantown.


I feel very honored they chose me because the artwork in this years senior show was exceptional,Stroehman said.Its very exciting to know my paintings will be on display in a bigger city for other artists to view.


Jill Larson, director of Fe Gallery, initiated the event. Larson traveled to WVU to view studentsart in the Mesaros Galleries of the WVU Creative Arts Center and selected five students. Larson hopes to make the exhibit an annual function.


WVU is one of four area universities to have graduates participating in the exhibit; other participants come from Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


It is noteworthy that our students are included in an exhibit with students from these other universities because all of these schools have excellent art departments,said Kristina Olson, associate chair of the WVU Division of Art and Design.It speaks very well of the quality of our students to have five included in the show.


There will be a total of 17 artists involved in the group exhibit, each with one to three pieces of artwork.


The artwork on display will cover a variety of genres including media-painting sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and performance art.


Fe Gallery is located at 4102 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.


For more information on WVU s Division of Art and Design, visit http://art.ccarts.wvu.edu/ .