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West Virginia University (WVU) School of Art and Design students will be showing their work at the Pittsburgh gallery Artists Image Resource (AIR). Two exhibitions titled Old hat and Confluence will run from March 24 to April 19. There will be a closing reception on April 19 from 7-9 pm with free food and drink. The exhibition and closing reception is free and open to the public. Artists Image Resource is a non-profit gallery and fine art press.
Old hat features two WVU undergraduate printmaking students, Sam Boehm and Alex Martin. The show features their artwork made during a semester-long residency at AIR. The School of Art and Design printmaking program has been sending student interns to AIR since 2004. Students travel to Pittsburgh one day a week to work at the non-profit gallery and fine art press. Students get to work on current AIR projects and get to make their own artwork using AIR’s facilities. Both the internship and exhibition are unique aspects to the School of Art and Design printmaking program. The proximity to AIR, and the close relationship between AIR Director, Robert Beckman and myself has nurtured this distinctive program. It is unusual for undergraduate students from any art program to have the opportunity to show their work at an established gallery like AIR.
Confluence features artwork made by WVU School of Art and Design Graduate Students. This show will feature artwork made in various media like ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture. Master of Fine Art students Ryan Brislawn, Nate Ditzler, Megan Gainer, Violet Goode, Brett Herron, Kaitlyn Hunter, Sarah Olsen, Meghan Olson, Silas Spellman, and Xia Zhang will all be exhibiting their most recent work.