All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call (304) 293-SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts event, call the Publicity Office at (304) 293-4359. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at www.ccarts.wvu.edu/
All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call (304) 293-4171.
Tuesday, August 25
DEDICATION OF THE ART MUSEUM OF WVU, 1 p.m., Museum Education Center and Art Museum. The public is invited to this opening ceremony to dedicate the new Art Museum of WVU. With WVU College of Creative Arts Dean Paul Kreider as Master of Ceremonies, speakers will include President Gordon Gee, WVU Provost Joyce McConnell, and Art Museum Director Joyce Ice. Those attending, including University and government officials, donors and friends, as well as faculty, staff, students and members of the community, will tour the museum and see the first exhibition, titled “Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening.” They will enjoy a reception following the dedication and there will also be a ribbon-cutting and a release of balloons to officially declare the Art Museum open. For more information, call 304-293-7790.
WVU STUDENT EVENING AT THE ART MUSEUM, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Museum Education Center and Art Museum. All WVU students are invited to come out and see the new Art Museum and the opening exhibition, titled “Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening,” featuring a variety of works from the Art Museum’s Collection. There will be music by the WVU Bluegrass Band, games, tours, and a nacho bar. Open to WVU students with ID. For more information, call 304-293-7790.
Wednesday, August 26
DAN & BETSY BROWN LECTURE SERIES, “What Does An Art Museum Have To Do With University Education?” Dr. Sean O’Harrow, Executive Director, University of Iowa Museum of Art, 5 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). O’Harrow’s talk will focus on how 21st century universities benefit from having visual arts education on campus, and how institutions such as art museums fulfill unique roles in student education in order to prepare them for today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges. O’Harrow received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his doctorate from Cambridge, both in history of art. He has been director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art since 2010. Prior to that, he headed the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. His curatorial and organizational accomplishments include the 2008 U.S. premiere of Henry Moore’s textile art “Mother and Child: Henry Moore’s West Dean Tapestries,” the exhibition of 19th century French art for the 2012 Iowa presidential election season entitled “Napoleon and the Art of Propaganda,” and the Pollock Mural conservation project with the Getty Museum and Getty Conservation Institute. An event related to the Art Museum opening. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 27
J. BERNARD SCHULTZ ENDOWED LECTURE IN ART HISTORY, “Renaissance Florence as Prequel to the Art Museum of West Virginia University,” Dr. Roger J. Crum, Professor of Art History, University of Dayton, 5 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). Crum will discuss how the modern institution of the art museum has many roots in Renaissance Florence. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s in art history from the University of Michigan, his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and has directed numerous education abroad programs in Italy. He has been a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow to the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, and a member of the School of Historical Studies at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He specializes in Renaissance Florence and modern Italy, but has also published on the sculpture of Edgar Degas, the religious imagery of Barnett Newman, the photography of the Wright brothers, and the future of the book. His major publications include the books “Donatello Among the Blackshirts: History and Modernity in the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy,” co-edited with Claudia Lazzaro (Cornell University Press, 2005), and “Renaissance Florence: A Social History,” co-edited with John T. Paoletti (Cambridge University Press, 2006). An event related to the Art Museum opening. Free and open to the public.
Friday, August 28
ART MUSEUM OPENING PARTY, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Museum Education Center and Art Museum. Adults, age 21 and over, are invited to don festive attire and come out for a glass of wine and see the new Art Museum. Meet friends and view the opening exhibition, titled “Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening,” featuring many of the artists whose works are represented in the WVU Art Collection. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 304-293-7790, or online at http://artmuseum.wvu.edu/
Saturday, August 29
ART MUSEUM FAMILY & COMMUNITY DAY, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Museum Education Center and Art Museum. Bring the entire family for this fun event, featuring world music, bluegrass music, face painting, chalk art, printmaking T-shirts, refreshments, and tours of the museum. Free and open to the public.