Visual arts institutions throughout West Virginia provide a valuable outlet for artists to show their work. These pillars of artistic excellence, often that stretch beyond the presentation of visual art, are anchor institutions in our communities.
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The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences is a 240,000 square foot structure for performing arts, visual arts and sciences all under one roof. Here you will find the Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum, the Juliet Art Museum and the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, home of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The Huntington Museum of Art, the largest fine arts museum between Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Richmond, boasts an exceptional collection, innovative exhibitions and educational programs. Visitors enjoy glass from the Ohio Valley; Appalachian folk art; the artistry of American furniture and firearms; 19th and 20th century American and European paintings; and Islamic prayer rugs.
The Stifel Fine Arts Center is a public arts center housed in the historic Edemar Mansion. With galleries, classrooms and performance space, the Stifel Center serves as a gathering place for artists, emerging artists, art lovers, students, educators and families – connecting and engaging the community in creative pursuits.
Morgan Arts Council operates a 40,000 square foot facility that houses an event space, two galleries, a retail art shop, a wet classroom, a digital media center for community engagement, a movement studio, and a community meeting space.
Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg is one of only four Carnegie Halls still in continuous use in the world. The cultural center annually serves patrons with live performances by companies and artists from around the world, award-winning arts in education programming, classes and workshops, fine art exhibits, an independent film series and more.
The Birke Art Gallery is Marshall University’s on-campus display of the works of the School of Art & Design’s talented students and professional exhibitions. The gallery is free and open to the public.
The David L Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery represents over 500 juried West Virginia artists. Every six to eight weeks, the gallery hosts a new and unique exhibition proudly featuring a variety of subjects and mediums that truly represent the Best of West Virginia.
The 66,600 square-foot facility houses studios for painting, drawing, graphic design, weaving and fibers, printmaking, specialized labs for textiles, dark room photography, paper making, Mac computer labs equipped for cinematography and digital photography, technology-rich classrooms and a 2,200 square-foot gallery on the main floor. The Art Warehouse is the partner to this facility and houses the ceramics and sculpture studios.
The Art Museum of WVU houses two art galleries that present touring exhibitions as well as exhibitions drawn from the University’s vast art collection. The museum is located near the Creative Arts Center on Patterson Drive.
Founded in 1938, the Parkersburg Art Center is the oldest arts organization in West Virginia in continuous operation. The facility houses six galleries, including one for children, with exhibits ranging from works of internationally known artists to art by area schoolchildren and a gift shop that specializes in unique artisan items.
Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) houses the Benedum Gallery, Davis Gallery, Tanner Theatre, and a gift shop featuring unique gifts and artwork of local artists. MAC offers classes in both the visual and performing arts.
Concord University’s Arthur Butcher fine arts gallery is located inside the Alexander Fine Arts Center.
The Augusta Heritage Center provides instruction and performances, folklife programs, and a home for significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments, and Appalachian art.
The Beckley Art Center has a two-fold mission to stimulate interest in the arts and encourage development of artistic talent. The center offers workshops, classes and exhibitions where members and members of the community are able to enhance and expand their creative skills and talents.
Daywood Gallery at Alderson Broaddus University hosts approximately six exhibits each year. Visiting artists discuss their work in gallery talks and formal lectures.
The Erma Byrd Art Gallery is currently home to 155 pieces of art created exclusively by West Virginia women artists. The gallery is free and open to the public.
Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum honors this legacy through a world-class collection of more than 3,500 examples of Wheeling-made glass and china. Visitors can also experience the art of glassmaking through live demonstrations and workshops in OI’s glass studio.
Experience early pioneer life through exhibits, interactive folk crafts, artisans at work using traditional methods, and a variety of year-round events celebrating Appalachia’s cultural heritage. Appreciating the past to create an emboldened, vibrant future.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center provides arts education opportunities and presents high quality art exhibits and musical performances from an eclectic mix of genres.
The Center houses the Greatest Generation WWII Museum, a bridge exhibit on loan from the B & O Railroad, a pottery craft room, two sports museums, the Preston County 4-H museum, a room for quilters, a cafe, a catering kitchen and an auditorium. The building provides a venue for cultural and artistic classes & events and festivals.
The Culture Center showcases West Virginia’s artistic, cultural and historic heritage. It is home to the WV State Museum, the Lobby and Balcony Galleries, and the State Archives Library. The center also plays host to dozen of festivals and events throughout the year.
The gallery is a space for original works of diverse materials, forms, and styles created by WJU students as well as by local, regional, national, and international artists. It also serves as a place for the university’s various departments to collaborate on exhibits that speak to multiple disciplines and issues of current relevance. Events are free and open to the public.