Thursday, September 13, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts (304) 696-3296

Marshall-connected artists’ work on display in Charleston, Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Two artists with Marshall University connections have been chosen to exhibit work in the Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibitions, which is on display at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

MU art gallery director John Farley and ceramics graduate and current graduate student Tommy Warf were both invited to exhibit work in this exhibition.

In addition, Farley and Marshall artists Dan Cook, Miyuki Cook and Jason Kiley will exhibit artwork in Exhibition 2012, which is an invited juried show that takes place biannually at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Charleston’s Inspired series was designed to celebrate West Virginia’s sesquicentennial.

“It's an honor to be given the opportunity to display additional works at the Culture Center as part of the Inspired series,” Farley said. “For myself - and the other artists as well - it is a chance to view our winning works in a broader context, and give the public a more complete sense of what motivates us as artists.”

“It is very flattering to have our work shown with the best of the best artists from our state,” Warf added. “It is moments like this that make me feel as though I am a true artist and not just the lucky student.”

The Inspired exhibition opened Monday and will continue through Sunday, Feb. 10. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Huntington’s Exhibition 2012, sponsored by the Tri-State Arts Association, opened Sunday and will continue until Saturday, Oct. 21.

Since 1953 the Tri-State Arts Association's purpose has been to encourage and promote a public interest in and understanding of all schools of art, as well as develop a closer relationship between art and the community, said Libby Varner, the 2012 exhibition chairperson.

“This exhibition encompasses that goal,” Varner said. “The dynamic artistry in this area cannot be denied and all of the artwork submitted to this show was wonderful. The TSAA encourages all artists to indulge in their visions.”


Photo: Tommy Warf, left, with The West Virginia Coal Ladies Auxiliary, 2011, mixed clays and John Farley with Don Kinnard: When We Die, We will Die with Our Arms Unbound, 2011, colored pencil. The two works were chosen for the Inspired series at the Culture Center in Charleston.


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