Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
Staff and Advisory Committee

Folklife Center Staff
Beth Martin, RBA
Administrative Assistant
Marian Hollinger, Ph.D
Museum Studies Coordinator
Tiffany Martin, MA
Project Coordinator
Judy P. Byers, Ed.D
Professor of Folklore Studies
Lynette Swiger, MA
Professor of Folk Music
Michael Ray, MA
Professor of Folk Arts
Fairmont State Administration:
Dr. Maria C. Bennett Rose
Deborah Stiles
Interim V.P. for Administrative & Fiscal Affairs
Dr. Deanna Shields
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Angela Schwer
Chair, Department of Language & Literature



Advisory Committee:
Victor Basile David Mathews
Judith Biafore Dr. Betty Crickard McCartney
Joe Brock Charlotte Meade
Dr. George F. Byers Phyllis Moore
Ron Chrislip Patricia Murray-Fidura
Mary Lucille DeBarry Dr. Beth Thorne Newcome
Dr. Fred Fidura Dr. Anne Paterson
Jane W. Gabor Dr. Ron Pearse
Mort Gamble John H. Randolph
Sarah Lowther Hensley Mary Reed
Charley Hively Dr. Sharon Romino
Tammy Holden Dr. Angela Schwer
Leigh Ann Hood Leah Stern
Beverly Jones Mary Stewart
Dr. Fran Kirk Dr. Kenneth Sullivan
Dr. Donna Long Elaine Watson
Jo Ann Lough Meredith Sue Willis
Gayle Manchin Dr. Jack Wills
Susan Maslowski June Riffle


Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403

Pat Musick
Pat Musick
, Interim Director
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 333-3606


FSUNow Stories

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 35.

Ten Kestrel contributors will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion, as well as give readings from their own work.

On Friday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Jaynes Hall 304, Dr. Elizabeth Savage will moderate a panel discussion on the topic, “Accessibility,” featuring visiting writers. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will officially open a new exhibition, “From Mountain Roots….” in its Ruth Ann Musick Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

Admission to the opening reception and the exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through mid-February 2017. For more information, call (304) 367-4403.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will host “Film & Fiction Italian Family Style: An Afternoon of Italian Heritage” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Diana Pishner Walker will read from her children’s books, and her sister Anna Pishner Harsh offer a premier screening of “La Danza-Bridging Time Through Dance,” an Italian dance documentary. Walker and Harsh’s paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Italy, (Reggio Calabria), and their maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Provence of Cosenza, Italy.

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