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CHARLESTON, WV -

 

See artwork of all kinds in a whole new light when the Clay Center's art gallery reopens Saturday, Feb. 15 with "Gallery Divided II: A head-to-head matchup between Marshall and WVU art faculty" and "Every Living Thing: A Closer Look at Nature."
 
"Gallery Divided II" 
Show your support in a battle for bragging rights as the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd face off for an epic rematch in the art gallery during the second edition of this popular exhibit. See new works from members of each school's art faculty and cast your vote for the winning team and MVP in this clash of creative minds. This year's featured artists are Frederick Bartolovic, Jonathan Cox, Peter Massing and Hayson Harrison from Marshall, and Jason Lee, Joseph Lupo and Shoji Satake from WVU.
 
"Every Living Thing" 
Take a closer look at the natural world through artwork and interactive experiences featuring paintings, prints and drawings from the Clay Center's permanent collection. Examine the intricate structures of feathers, leaves and insects at the magnification station, marvel at the craftsmanship of handmade fishing flies and track the growth of live trout raised in the gallery in an exhibit that brings art and science together.
 
These are the first exhibits to go on display in the art gallery since the Center installed state-of-the-art LED lighting in January. The new crisp, white lights provide a better visitor experience by allowing the works to be viewed as the artists intended. They are also more energy efficient and safer for the artwork because of their lack of heat and harmful UV rays.
 
See both exhibits for free at a lecture and public opening reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Listen as sculpture artists from Marshall and WVU discuss their exhibited works and their approaches to teaching at the first in a series of lectures to accompany "Gallery Divided II."
 
The lecture series will continue with sessions on printmaking on March 6, ceramics on March 27 and the school's two new capital projects on April 3. Each lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the art gallery and is free to the public.
 
Both exhibits are sponsored by The Elliot Family Foundation. "Gallery Divided II" will be on display through April 19. The closing date for "Every Living Thing" has not yet been set.
 
Museum gallery admission is free for museum members or just $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. For information on these and other Clay Center exhibits and programs, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.