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CHARLESTON, WV -

Examine the external struggle between good and evil in a large-scale installation by artist Lesley Dill. “Faith & the Devil” opens May 2 in the Clay Center’s art gallery. See the exhibit for free at the public reception on opening night at 6 p.m.

Explore themes of cruelty and violence, lust, forgiveness, reflection and transcendence through snippets of works by poets and philosophers including Dante, Franz Kafka, Pablo Neruda, Emily Dickinson and many others, stenciled on murals of fabric covering the gallery walls and two large figures representing good and evil.

Also on display are the performance costumes from “Divide Light,” Dill’s opera based on the complete works of Emily Dickinson.

New York artist Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography and performance, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body and transformational experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

Dill first appeared at the Clay Center when she and printmaker Bill Lagattuta presented a public lecture in conjunction with the exhibit “Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty,” in which a piece of their collaborative work was displayed.

Dill will return to the Clay Center for a free artist talk at 6 p.m. May 8. Other programming to accompany the exhibit includes two free lectures – “The Written Word in Art, Writers Respond” featuring author Denise Giardina and poet James Harms at 6 p.m. June12 andd “Art, Opera and Collaboration” featuring composer Richard Marriot, who collaborated with Dill on her opera, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Maestro Grant Cooper at 6 p.m. July 31.

See similar works by local artists in “Sorrow & Rapture,” an exhibit created by West Virginia University students in response to the poems, ideas and themes presented in “Faith & the Devil.” The free opening for this collaboration between the Clay Center and the WVSU art department is from 5-7 p.m. May 2 at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center at 123 Summers Street.

“Faith & the Devil” is sponsored by The Elliot Family Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council. The exhibit will be on display through August 3. 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 theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.