West Virginia State Art Students Work Featured in “Sorrow & Rapture” Exhibit

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April 29, 2014
West Virginia State Art Students Work Featured in “Sorrow & Rapture” Exhibit

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University (WVSU) Department of Art and the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia are collaborating on a free art exhibit opening Friday, May 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the WVSU Capitol Center.

Entitled “Sorrow & Rapture” the exhibit will feature works created by WVSU students inspired by the poems, ideas and themes present in artist Lesley Dill’s “Faith & the Devil” exhibit that opens Friday at the Clay Center.

Dill is an internationally known artist who uses a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body and transformational experience. Her exhibit at the Clay Center will run through Aug. 3.

WVSU art students’ works selected for the “Sorrow & Rapture” exhibit were juried by Clay Center Curator of Art Arif Khan.

“This is wonderful for our students,” said Paula Clendenin, WVSU Professor of Art. “To draw inspiration from and to offer their interpretations of the work of an artist the caliber of Lesley Dill is a great opportunity.”

Dill’s works have been widely exhibited and can be found in the collections of the Alrbright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Kemper Museum of Kansas City, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The WVSU “Sorrow & Rapture” student exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Clendenin at (304) 766-3192 or clendepa@wvstateu.edu.

The WVSU Capitol Center is located at 123 Summers St. in downtown Charleston.

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