*** BIRKE ART GALLERY CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER! ***
We will reopen on Monday, August 14 with a new exhibition. Please see below for the exciting fall schedule!
Open to the Public
The Birke Art Gallery is Marshall University’s on-campus display of the School of Art &Design’s talented students, as well as professional exhibitions. It’s free and open to the public. The space is beneficial to the community, but also to students, offering the developing artists the chance to interact with professional artists through viewing their work, and hearing the exhibiting artists present on their craft and concept. The gallery also serves as an exhibition space for the students. Each year, students show their work as part of the School of Art & Design Capstone Experience. For undergraduates this is in the form of the Student Juried Exhibition and graduating seniors and graduate students present individual and group shows.
The Curious and the Familiar
Works by Virginia Derryberry, Dan Hernandez, Tim Portlock and Erika Stearly
August 14 – September 8, 2017
The Curious and the Familiar is a group exhibition that includes work by Virginia Derryberry (Asheville, NC), Dan Hernandez (Toledo, OH), Tim Portlock (Philoidelphia, PA) and Erika Stearly (PA). This exhibition gives the viewer 4 different takes on the theme of narrative in art. Look closely and you will see things and people that are known to you and the artist, look even closer to the things that make you curious and again, be familiar.
Works by Jeffrey and Heather Jones
September 18 – October 20, 2017
This two-person exhibition by artist couple Jeffrey and Heather Jones (Dayton, OH). Both artists work is about putting the focus on the tactile elements. For Heather, the approach is literal and functional: quilts. Objects that are meant to be touched, hugged and hug us back. Jeffrey’s paintings are at once rich and deeply layered and by contrast somehow subtle and quiet. They are about how the paint lays over each other and then how the pieces lay together and on and in spaces.
Heather Jones is an author, designer and self-taught quilter. She is often inspired by objects and places close to home—country roads, cityscapes, street signs—the landscape of her existence. She has a great love and respect for the traditional art of quilting, is an avid collector of vintage quilts, and loves to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. Heather often creates multiples of each pattern in different color palettes to show what a striking different can be made with a few basic changes.
Jeffrey Jones, Artist Statement
I am interested in:
the resistance of a color
then surrendering to it
a hard edge as it softens
the slight peeking that come from covering and layering
that space between the wall and object
when shallow and deep appear the same
what its like to look through the fog
when a mostly matte surface shifts to a little tinge of gloss that hangs out at the edge
that place between misplacing and finding
how white can be both warm and cool at the same time
when you find that correcting is making it worse
the moment when a stable stack is on the verge of collapse
when contemplation breaks down and you go for it
- Artist Reception: TBD
- Artist Talk: TBD
Foundations Reveiw: Selected Student Works
November 6 – December 8, 2017
Every semester Art & Design students who have recently completed the Foundations Program undergo the Foundations Portfolio Review process. These students are asked to present their best work in front of the Faculty of the School of Art and Design. From these presentations, the best works are then chosen to be exhibited at the Birke Art Gallery.
- Artist Reception: TBD
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