The Art Museum of WVU’s ground floor gallery—the John and Ruth McGee Gallery—will close temporarily from March 13 to April 15, in preparation for a new exhibition coming in April featuring self-taught Appalachian artists.

“It’s always with mixed feelings that we take down an exhibition,” said Museum Director Joyce Ice. “But, at the same time, we’re very excited about the next exhibit that will open next month, titled ‘Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists of Appalachia.’

“We will celebrate that opening on Friday evening, April 15, with a public event from 7:30 to 9 p.m.”

Ice said Sunday, March 13, will be the last opportunity for visitors to see landscapes and portraits that have been on view in the McGee Gallery since the museum opened in August.

“We encourage people who want to view the landscapes and portraits to come out by March 13,” she said.

Some of the landscapes and portraits currently in the McGee Gallery include works by Justina Hart, David Hunter Strother, Pauline Palmer, William Robinson Leigh, John Robinson Tait, William Sheridan Young, Thomas Cole, William Sonntag, William Merritt Chase and Thomas J. Fenimore, among others.

The gallery on the upper level of the museum—containing sections on modernism and regionalism of the 20th century, as well as contemporary works of art—will remain open for visitors to enjoy while the McGee Gallery is closed.

Also in the upper level gallery, visitors will still be able to view the Monongalia County Courthouse mural created by Blanche Lazzell in the 1930s, along with other examples of her paintings and drawings.

The Art Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Art Museum is located near the corner of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way at the Evansdale Campus North Entrance.

Parking is available in two new short-term lots with pay stations, one located near Patteson Drive and the other near the new Evansdale Crossing building.

For more information, call (304) 293-7790 or see the website at


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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