Gallery Hours: 

Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm

Mondays and Evenings, by Appointment

Exhibits Schedule

West Virginia Celebration Exhibition

Reception on June 20, 2019, West Virginia Day from 6 to 8 pm

The West Virginia Celebration Exhibition opens on May 31 for viewing in the Great Hall Gallery. This exhibition is a celebration of West Virginia, featuring WV inspired artwork by artists throughout WV. Designed to highlight our state's beauty, our West Virginia Celebration is poised to be one of our best attended exhibits, and will be visited by educators, artists, exhibit jurors, and cultural dignitaries from all over the state and beyond.

Hatfields & McCoys, American Blood Feud

This exhibit features the Hatfield and McCoy feud in southern West Virginia and Kentucky in the late 1800s. There have been numerous pop culture references, even a television series. The feud has been a piece of history and culture for a long time.

When the media caught wind of the Hatfield and McCoy feud, negative stereotypes were developed for West Virginians and Appalachians.

Developed by the West Virginia Humanities Council and illustrated by West Virginia University graphic design students with financial support from ZMM Architects and Engineers, this traveling exhibit relates the history of the events that have become synonymous with the word feud.

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Chet Lowther, Artist from Charleston, WV

Chet Lowther is a visual artist and musician based in Charleston, WV. Originally born in Ireland, WV, he moved to Charleston in 2001 and has lived here since.

After receiving his degree in Art Education from Fairmont University, he taught (and continues to teach) art lessons for years. About ten years ago, however, he began to focus on creating his own pieces and opened up his studio and gallery on Hale Street in downtown Charleston.

Working with acrylic, oils, and encaustic mediums (painting using melted beeswax), Chet has created a gorgeous collection of colorful landscapes and other works, showing West Virginia in full, vibrant color.

Joan Crawford, a Retrospective Exhibition

Reception on Friday, July 12, from 5 to 7 pm

Exhibit displays from July 12 to mid August of 2019

Joan Crawford creates magical worlds with jigsaw cut, painted doors, sculpture and mixed media. People are constantly talking about the magical beauty of her work. Don't miss the chance to see this amazing body of work.

Crawford was born and raised in Hubbard, Ohio, and “Ravens Ring Island” in West Virginia has been her home for many years. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and an master’s degree from WVU. She has taught art at Davis & Elkins College and at Slippery Rock University. Crawford was also employed as a set and costume designer at Julliard in New York City.

18th Annual Gala Juried Fine Arts Exhibition

Reception on September 13, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm, exclusively a ticketed event

Exhibition Pre-Opens on Friday, August 23, from 10 to 4 pm. 

Displays from August 23 to September 27, 10 to 4. 

The Annual Gala Exhibition is a fine arts benefit and exhibition to celebrate years of providing accessible arts programming for artists, our community, and provides artists the chance to showcase their art work. The Arts Center is committed to presenting and promoting ‘excellence in arts.’ This annual exhibit features fine arts from artists everywhere. Our opening reception coincides with our annual fundraiser. 

Opening reception/fundraiser is Friday, September 13, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm. Awards will be announced at the reception. Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle, live music, dinner, dessert, dancing, art opening, and good company!

2019 Fall Juried Arts Exhibition

(previously known as the MSFF Exhibition)

Reception Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm

Displays from October 2 to December 18 at 4 pm

Features artwork from professional and amateur artists throughout the state of West Virginia. This exhibit was originally founded by Seneca Trail Artists Guild, as an opportunity for artists in WV to exhibit during the festivities of the Mountain State Forest Festival. The Arts Center operates this Fall Exhibition providing the same opportunities.

John Terry Solo Exhibition

in the Maxwell Gallery coinciding with the fall exhibition

Reception Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm

Displays from October 2 to December 18 at 4 pm

More details about John Terry’s work will be posted soon!

The Arts Center has a full exhibit schedule into 2020. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact the Arts Coordinator.