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Monday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 4
LAURA MESAROS GALLERY: “Somewhat Familiar” by Brett Herron
Brett Herron has made the most of his time as a graduate student in the WVU School of Art and Design — founding an artists’ collective with a fellow student, turning his studio space at the Creative Arts Center into an art gallery, and completing internships at prestigious galleries in New York City. As he prepares to graduate this spring, Herron will present his Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in the Laura Mesaros Gallery at the Creative Arts Center from Feb. 29 to March 4. There will be a reception for the exhibition Thursday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in the Laura Mesaros Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 1
ART UP CLOSE! “Bessie Smith”
A portrait of the famed “Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Smith, in the form of a linocut print by Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs, will be the subject of the Art Museum of WVU’s next “Art Up Close!” event, to be held Tuesday, March 1. Christopher Wilkinson, WVU professor emeritus of Music History, will present “Two Strong Women: Bessie Smith and Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs,” at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and light refreshments. Those attending will also be able to view the print up close.

CONCERT: WVU Chamber Winds
The Chamber Winds ensemble will fill Morgantown’s historic Metropolitan Theatre with music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. The concert is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 4
CONCERT: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with WVU Choirs
In an an all-Brahms program, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will begin with the composer’s variations on a theme by Franz Joseph Haydn in the first half followed by German Requiem. Soloists include soprano Amy Little and a special guest baritone, West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Dean Paul Kreider. Also joining the WVSO will be members of the combined West Virginia University choirs and Fairmont State University Chorus. For tickets or information on the 7:30 p.m. March 4 performance at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, contact the WVU Box Office at 304.293.SHOW.

Friday, March 4-Sunday, March 6
PLAY: “Courtship” and “Valentine’s Day”
Travel back to 1915 with the simple story of love between Horace Robedeaux and Elizabeth Vaughn. “Courtship” and “Valentine’s Day” are one-act plays from Horton Foote’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle that deal with loss, connection to family, and the uncertainty and excitement of falling in love. The West Virginia University School of Theatre and Dance will present the touching stories March 4-5 at 7:30 p.m., March 6 at 2 p.m., March 8-12 at 7:30 p.m., and March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. For tickets and information, contact the WVU Box Office at 304.293.SHOW.

Sunday, March 6
CONCERT: WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble
The WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble will present a concert at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Antoinette Falbo Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. The ensemble presents a concert of West African traditions and perform drum-dances from three major ethnicities from Ghana, West Africa: the Ewe, Ga, and Dagomba, respectively from the eastern, southern and northern regions of the country. Sinte, a traditional drum-dances of the Susu people of Guinea-Conakry will also be performed. In addition to these traditional drum-dances, enjoy a popular music genre from West Africa, Afro-beat, provided by WVU’s own Afro-beat Ensemble, directed by John Posey. For tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office at 304.293.SHOW.

Mark your calendars:

FOURSCOM Clarinet Quartet March 7
• Quey Percussion Duo March 8
• Young Artists Concert March 16


ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Inaugural Exhibition: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening
The Art Museum of WVU is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit for more information and a calendar of events.



CONTACT: David Welsh, College of Creative Arts

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