Erika Osborne, assistant professor of painting at West Virginia University, will present a lecture about her work Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall at the Creative Arts Center, with a reception following at 6 p.m. at the Galleries.

Her exhibition titled “Wood Work” is currently on view in the Paul Mesaros Gallery.

The lecture will focus on Osborne’s multimedia work as an artist who addresses issues of environment and place. She also will discuss individual and cultural connections to her work.

Osborne received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her master of fine arts from the University of New Mexico. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, locally and nationally. Her work has been highlighted in regional publications along with national art magazines such as Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.

In addition to being a practicing artist, Osborne teaches painting and drawing and has developed two field-based art courses that center around the environment.

Osborne received the Juror’s Award in the Transitions exhibition in Albuquerque, N.M. She has curated several art shows including the Oasis Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Land Arts of the American West for the John Summers Gallery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerqu,e to name a few.

In addition to WVU, Osborne has taught at the University of New Mexico, the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, the Yangrima School in Sermathang, Nepal, and the Petersen Art Center in Salt Lake City, to name a few.

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 and the WVU Division of Art and Design also host contemporary artists of important or growing reputation who work in all media in the 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 Saturday, from noon to 9:30 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, at (304) 293-2312.

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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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