© The Art Museum of West Virginia University
The mission of the Art Museum of West Virginia University aims to provide an inviting and stimulating educational environment for audiences to experience and enjoy the metamorphic power of visual art by examining a variety of artistic traditions of world cultures, both past, and present, in a variety of exhibits.
The Art Museum
The Art Museum features state-of-the-art facilities, including two naturally-lit art galleries boasting more than 5,400 square feet of exhibition space, an elegant lobby space to welcome museum visitors, a study room for researching and examining works of art, a storage area to securely protect and preserve collected works of art, and a fully-equipped University classroom for 25 students.
The Museum Education Center
Formerly the two-story Erickson Alumni Center, which was designed by acclaimed architect Michael Graves, the Museum Education Center features a beautiful Grand Hall for educational programs, including lectures, symposiums, musical and theatrical performances, and museum offices for staff. The Museum Education Center can be hired as a private facility for meetings, receptions, and other functions, and a bookstore and gift shop sells books, gifts, and refreshments.
The Nath Sculpture Garden
The Nath Sculpture Garden seamlessly blends the interiors of the Museum with the outside world with a beautiful garden that spans 2,5 acres in front of the Art Museum. Named after retired WVU Professor Nath, the sculpture garden is renowned for the beauty of its landscapes and features artworks purchased with donated funds, including five Shona sculptures by Zimbabwe artists, and a ‘bridge’ installed by a contemporary Chinese artist.
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