The Art Museum of West Virginia University is dedicated to showcasing modern artworks and providing a stimulating educational environment for audiences to experience the beauty and power of art. Located on the Evansdale campus of the West Virginia University in Morgantown, the Art Museum of WVU features two integrated facilities, namely the Art Museum and the Museum Education Center, and the beautiful Nath Sculpture Garden, which offers a peaceful place to relax. The Museum features a variety of collections of drawings, paintings, sculpture, print works and more, as well as provides a range of collection-focused educational programs, lectures, tours, and performances.

1.Mission, Vision & Attractions

Mission, Vision & Attractions
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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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2.The Collection

The Collection
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The Art Museum of West Virginia University features a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and sculpture, including more than 3,000 works of international art. The current art collection features paintings by artists such as Tim McFarlane, William Conger, Jean Metzinger, Rockwell Kent, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, William Merritt Chase, and William Schumacher, as well as an acclaimed collection of works by American Modernist artist, Blanche Lazzell.

The collection of works on paper and prints includes pieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Francisco Goya, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Stanley William Hayter, and Jasper Johns. There are also prints by contemporary artists Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, William Kentridge, Willie Cole, and Leslie Dill.

The Asian Collection holds significant historical works, including Korean Silla pottery, Japanese prints, Chinese scroll paintings, and works from India and Thailand, while the Harry Shaw Collection features more than 160 examples of contemporary ceramics. The Leonhart Collection of African Art features a range of jewelry, textiles and ritual objects, and the James Edward Davis Collection contains over 100 artworks by innovative American artist and filmmaker, James Edward Davis.

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3.Education & Visitor Information

Education & Visitor Information
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The Art Museum of West Virginia University offers a range of collection-focused educational programs, lectures, field trips and tours and performances that aim to inspire, educate and transform the way audiences experience art. Programs include artist demonstrations, lectures, workshops and classes, school programs, concerts, and theatrical performances, as well as exhibitions based on the museum’s collection.

Visitor Information

The Art Museum of West Virginia University is located on Two Fine Arts Drive on the campus of the University and is open to the public on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm and Thursday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Museum offers guided tours for after-school programs, church groups, senior centers, and other organizations, for which reservation is required.

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Two Fine Arts Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506, Phone: 304-293-7790

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