Department of Art

Art - Gallery Experience

Students may take classes in gallery management to add to their resumes. Students have opportunities to work with guest artists and the gallery director to design, publicize, and strike exhibits. They learn professional attributes that are necessary for successful relationships with galleries from the perspectives of directors and artists.

Art - Guest Artists

Students can meet and talk with regionally and nationally acclaimed guest artists who exhibit in the James David Brooks Memorial Gallery. Advanced studio majors may schedule individual critiques to discuss their work and aspirations.

Art - Student Exhibitions

Students may participate in various student exhibitions. Studio majors must complete their degrees with senior exhibitions, which are solo shows of their junior and senior year work. Additionally, the department offers a yearly student juried exhibition for all students, in which they compete for awards of merit. Art students have opportunities outside the school for building their resumes as well. Faculty members encourage students to enter shows and competitions, and provide regular information about venues that are appropriate for their work.

Art - Travel

Students at Fairmont State have traveled with members of the art faculty to New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Paris to see museums and galleries. Art students have also traveled to China and London with other members of the Fairmont State community.

Art - Workshops

Students may attend various workshops sponsored by the department. Artists-in-residence and guest artists often provide opportunities in the form of workshops for students to collaborate on works of art, or to learn about specific media or concepts. Additionally, art faculty members provide graduate school workshops to help students prepare for the process of applying to graduate programs.

FSUNow Stories

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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