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

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The final gallery exhibition of the 2014-2015 academic year at Fairmont State University will feature the work of Andrew Thorne.

Thorne’s solo exhibition, “Appalachia Inspired,” opens Friday, May 22, in the J.D. Brooks Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall. The exhibit will close Wednesday, June 10, with a reception at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219. 

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Monday, May 04, 2015

About 400 students will participate in the 146th Commencement for Fairmont State University at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Feaster Center.

Fairmont State alumna Donna Hopkins will be the Commencement speaker. Bryan Foley of Pipestem will be the student speaker representing the Class of 2015.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and The FSU Academy for the Arts present “Big and Little Tales: An Evening of Story and Theatre,” featuring West Virginia storyteller Adam Booth followed by the FSU Youth Acting Company’s adaptions of Bil Lepp’s story, “The King of Little Things.” 

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