The next West Virginia University “Art Up Close!” event on March 18 will feature a work by Ansel Adams. The Art Museum of WVU and The Friends of the Museum host the series that features works of art from the museum’s collection.

Titled ” Ansel Adams’ ‘Winter Sunrise’: An In-depth Look at his Process and Legacy,” the lecture will be presented by Michael Sherwin, associate professor of intermedia and photography in the School of Art and Design.

In this presentation, Sherwin will offer a behind-the-scenes look into an iconic Ansel Adams print from the museum’s collection. Both the mechanics and the ethics of Adams’ photographic approach will be addressed. Sherwin will also discuss the impact Adams’ work has had on 20th century landscape photography and his continued influence on the medium today.

The “Art Up Close!” presentations are held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center (formerly the Erickson Alumni Center) adjacent to the WVU Creative Arts Center. All the events are free and open to the public.

Using the mediums of photography, video and installation, Michael Sherwin’s art reflects on the experience of observing nature through the lenses of science and popular culture. He has won numerous grants and awards for his work, and has been exhibited widely, including recent shows at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York, SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.Va., Pittsburgh Filmmakers Gallery in Pittsburgh, and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia.

Reviews and reproductions of his work have been featured in Art Papers magazine, The Photo Review, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Columbus Alive. He has been invited to present his work at many universities and conferences across the nation, including the 2011 Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Sherwin earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon in 2004 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University in 1999. He is also an active and participating member of the Society for Photographic Education.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and light refreshments. Audience members will have the opportunity to view the actual work of art.

For more information, contact the Art Museum of WVU at (304) 293-2141 or see the website at:



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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