The College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University will hold a Audition & Portfolio Review Day for prospective students and their families, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Creative Arts Center.

Events will include information sessions on careers in the arts and behind-the-scenes tours of the Creative Arts Center. There will also be master classes on the downtown campus for dance students. Lunch will be provided at the CAC, as well as complimentary tickets for the matinee performance of the WVU annual dance concert, “Dance Now!” at 2 p.m.

Any students who wish to audition or submit a portfolio on this date will be welcome to do so, as well.

Students who wish to attend Audition & Portfolio Day should register in advance. To see the full Schedule of Events and more details about the audition/portfolio review process, go to the website at open house.

As part of the admissions process for the School of Music and the School of Art & Design, an audition/portfolio review is required for all applicants.

The School of Theatre & Dance does not require a theater audition or a design portfolio unless the student wishes to be considered for a scholarship. However, dance students who wish to enter the School’s Bachelor of Arts degree program in Dance must audition for acceptance.

All three schools offer cash awards and scholarships—up to a full tuition waiver—to students who plan to study for a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

School of Music scholarship recipients are chosen by audition. The criteria considered include: musical accomplishments, scholastic record and musical proficiency.

School of Art & Design scholarship awards are based on portfolio submissions that exceed basic competencies and abilities.

The School of Theatre & Dance offers scholarships on the basis of outstanding talent, academic achievement and the student’s demonstrated potential for success in the program.

Students who would like to register for the Feb. 8 Fall Preview Day may also call the School of Music at 304-293-4532 or the Schools of Art & Design and Theatre & Dance at 304-293-4339.

College of Creative Arts students awarded Canady Scholarships

Nineteen students studying in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts have been awarded scholarships from the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation. The Canady Scholarships are among the most prestigious awards given in the college.

The scholarships are named for Valerie Canady, a Morgantown native and WVU summa cum laude graduate, who was among the 270 people who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in Dec. 1988. Canady, who worked for H.J. Heinz Co. in their London office, was an accomplished linguist and artist in different media of expression, especially in piano.

Loulie and William Canady, Valerie’s parents, and long-time residents of the Morgantown community, present the awards annually in December. Loulie Canady is a long-time supporter of the WVU School of Music and Dr. William Canady is professor emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry in the WVU School of Medicine. The Canadys are also the major patrons of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances at WVU—a series that is named in memory of Valerie.

This year’s Canady scholars include:

Daniela Londono-Bernal, of Medellin, Colombia, who is currently a senior in the intermedia and photography program. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has studied French as well. She is an outstanding artist and has shown her work in New York City and in Chicago. In 2012 she won the Director’s Choice Award in the first Student Juried Exhibition in the WVU School of Art & Design.

Szilvia Kadas, of Budapest, Hungary, is studying for a master’s degree in art history. She speaks three languages fluently—Hebrew, Hungarian and English—and is currently studying German. She also has a Master of Fine Arts in studio art and graphic design from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree in design and visual communication from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

Sora Lee, of Korea, is studying for a doctorate in collaborative piano, as the first student to enter this new program. She is fluent in Korean and English and works with wind, string, voice and other piano students in the School of Music, as well as the choir and other ensembles. Lee also studies the organ with Dr. William Haller and serves as organist at First Baptist Church, Waynesburg, Pa.

Joyce Chiao Su Wang is a doctoral piano performance major from Hattieville, Belize, who was born in Taiwan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from WVU in 2008 and graduated in December 2010 with a master’s degree in piano pedagogy. She is also a cellist and teaches private lessons for students of piano and cello, as well as performing in the WVU Symphony Orchestra.

Lucia Zung de Andrade, of Brazil, is an undergraduate student in bassoon performance. She had nearly completed a piano degree in Brazil when an injury to her wrist forced her to switch to the bassoon three years ago. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish and also taught herself English and previously studied at the Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana in Brazil.

Dipendra Sunam, of Nepal, is a doctoral student in piano, who completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance at Berea College and Northern Arizona University. In addition to his native language, he speaks English and German. He has studied with music professionals from around the world, and was keyboardist with a Nepali pop band named Nepathya, which released several professional recordings.

Achareeya Fukiat, of Thailand, is a doctoral student in piano, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Mahidol University in Bangkok. She speaks Thai and English. Due to her exceptional talent and great dedication, she earned the prestigious Yamaha music school scholarship in Thailand and graduated from Mahidol University with first class honors for her master’s degree in music education.

Juliana Yap, of Thailand, is completing her doctorate in piano performance and also in collaborative piano this year. She formerly studied at Sedaya College in Bangkok, Thailand, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from WVU in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She speaks English, Malay Languages (Indonesian and Malaysian) and Chinese Languages (Mandarin and Hokkien).

Angel Lin, of Taiwan, is a doctoral student in piano, who received her master’s degree from the University of Kansas. She also plays the flute and has been an active recitalist in Taiwan, China, Germany, Canada and the United States and has received numerous awards and scholarships. She has performed for some of the world’s most prominent performers and teachers in master classes in both this country and abroad.

Mirim Lee, of Korea, is studying for a master’s degree in flute performance and is fluent in three languages—English, Korean and Bulgarian. She was a winner of last year’s Young Artist Concerto Competition at WVU and plays principal flute in both the WVU Symphony Orchestra and the WVU Chamber Winds. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree in music at one of the top conservatories in Bulgaria.

Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong, of Thailand, is a doctoral student in piano performance, who won honors in several piano competitions in Bangkok, where she is also a faculty member (currently on leave) at Mahidol University, the largest school of music in Thailand. She has a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Chulalongkorn University, also in Bangkok, and a master’s degree in music performance from Mahidol University.

Kyung Soo Hwang, of Korea, is studying for a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy. He is fluent in Korean and English and, has sung professionally in German, Italian and French. He is primarily a bassist, but also plays the saxophone and traditional Korean percussion. Before coming to WVU he was an award-winning teacher at a Community Korean Language School and also earned a degree at the Berklee College of Music.

Diego Gabete-Rodriguez, of Spain, is a doctoral student in violin performance and serves as concertmaster for the WVU Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from Musikene-Centro Superior de Musica del Pais Vasco, Spain, and from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbus State University in Georgia. This December he will return to Spain to perform a recital for the Argentinian consulate.

Kirill Tyulkov, of Russia, is studying for a master’s degree in music education. He is fluent in Russian, English and French. He has a master’s degree in French from Nizhny Novgorod Linguistics University in Russia and also received a degree in music technology from California University in Pa. In addition, he also holds a law degree. He is studying both classical and jazz piano in the studio of Dr. James Miltenberger.

Nicoletta Ciampa, of Monroeville, Pa., is studying for a bachelor’s degree in music education and voice. She spent a semester in Brazil as part of the Music Alive! exchange program. While there she became fluent in Portuguese. She also spent four weeks in Ghana, West Africa, on a WVU summer study abroad course. She is member of the Gamelan, African Music and Dance, and Brazilian ensembles at WVU.

Arthur de Amorim, of Brazil, is studying for a bachelor’s in piano and also studies organ. After coming to WVU as part of the Music Alive! program, he was awarded a Fine Arts Scholarship. He is fluent in English and studies Russian. He received first prize in the 2012 WVMTA Mountain State Competition and was selected for WVU’s Jazz & Classical Music Festival competition, as well as a prestigious festival in Prague.

Hyejeong Seong, of Korea, is a doctoral student in piano. Prior to coming to WVU she earned her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and held a graduate assistantship in accompanying at the University of Iowa. Her solo playing approaches the level expected from international concert artists. She will join WVU violin professor Mikylah Myers McTeer for a performance in Korea in May 2013.

Xia Yi Zhang, of Columbia, Md., is studying for an MFA in ceramics. She was born in China, but moved to the United States at age six, and grew up in a dual language and an extremely dual cultured environment. She speaks fluent Cantonese. She participated in the WVU study abroad program in Chinese ceramics in the fall of 2012 and had the chance to visit her ancestral home in Guangdong Province.

Kelsey Morgan Hotaling, of Charles Town, W.Va., is studying for a bachelor’s degree in art history, with minors in Italian studies and ceramics. Her second language is Italian. She is currently studying abroad in Italy at the Lorenzo de Medici International Institute in Florence, where she is taking advanced Italian, courses that range from the Renaissance to contemporary Italian art, and an internship in a Florentine museum.

Canady Scholarships 2013

Caption: Left to right, front row: Dipendra Sunam, (kneeling); Dr. William Canady, Loulie Canady, Kyung Soo Hwang. Back row: Szilvia Kadas; Daniela Londono-Bernal; Joyce Wang, Xia Zhang; Nicoletta Ciampa, Juliana Yap; Achareeya Fukiat; Angel Lin; Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong; Mirim Lee; Arthur de Amorim; Hyejeong Seong; Lucia Zung de Andrade; Kivill Tyulkov; and Diego Gabete-Rodriguez.

The West Virginia University School of Art & Design has announced the winners of its second annual Juried Student Exhibition, currently on view through Nov. 15 in the Creative Arts Center’s Douglas O. Blaney Lobby.

The exhibition featured 31 works of art selected from 96 student entries, including ceramics, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, painting, drawing, video and animation.

The winners and their works include:

Best in Show, Kiy Tywoniw, of Hillsboro, W.Va., “Brush,” 2013 animation.

School of Art and Design Director’s Cash Award, Amber Ross, of Thornton, W.Va., “Time Machine,” sculpture, 1961 Chevy panel wagon, angle iron, expanded metal.

School of Art and Design Director’s Cash Award, Kelsey Mangus, of Wheeling, W.Va., “John,” 2013 oil painting.

College of Creative Arts Dean’s Award, Kelsey O’Brien, of Libertyville, Ill., “The Dreamer,” 2013 digital photography.

Lotus McDowell Art Works Award, Josef Riggins, of Boones Mill, Va., “Monkey,” 2012 stoneware & oils.

Jurors Choice #1, Nathan Alexander Ward, of Williamson, W.Va., Experiments with Memory: Synthesis and Transmutation,” 2013 mixed media, archival inkjet print, collected photographs, recovered sediment.

Jurors Choice #2, Jenn Marcus, of Morgantown, W.Va., “Pedophile Pillows,” 2011, pillows, ink, wall paint, thumb tacks.

Jurors Choice #3, Kaitlyn Hunter, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, “Separation Anxiety,” 2013 mixed media and found object.

Jurors Choice #4, Lauren Schiefelbein, of Philippi, W.Va., “A Community that Embraced the Mentally Ill, Speaks,” 2013 video documentation of the artist’s permanent indoor exhibition located at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va.

Judy Raese Arts Award, Samuel Boehm, of Martinsburg, W.Va., “Untitled (Book),” 2013 silkscreen.

This year’s juror was Carol Hummel, an Ohio-based artist whose works are currently on view in the Laura Mesaros Gallery at the CAC through Dec. 10. Hummel is known for her large-scale, site-specific projects. While in Morgantown, she worked with students and community members to cover a large tree on the Evansdale Campus with crocheted yarn to celebrate 2013 as “The Year of the Tree.”

Monetary awards for the Student Juried Exhibition included a $600 award for Best in Show, $250 for the College of Creative Arts Dean’s Choice Award, four $200 awards for Juror’s Choice, two School of Art & Design Director’s Choice awards for $300 each, the Lotus McDowell Art Works Award for $200 and $100 for the Judy Raese Arts Award.

The 2013 Student Juried Exhibition was made possible by the support of The Myers Foundations.

Student Juried Winners Photo

Winners of the second annual WVU School of Art & Design Student Juried Exhibition include (left to right): Kelsey O’Brien, Nate Ward, Kiy Tywoniw, Kaitlyn Hunter, Amber Ross, Josef Riggins, Samuel Boehm, Kelsey Mangus, Jenn Marcus and Lauren Schiefelbein.

Screenshot from the animation 'Brush' by Kiy Tywoniw

Screenshot from the animation ‘Brush’ by Kiy Tywoniw.

'Time Machine' by Amber Ross

‘Time Machine’ by Amber Ross.

'John' by Kelsey Mangus

‘John’ by Kelsey Mangus.

'Monkey' by Josef Riggins

‘Monkey’ by Josef Riggins.

'Separation Anxiety' by Kaitlyn Hunter & 'Pedophile Pillows' by Jenn Marcus

‘Separation Anxiety’ by Kaitlyn Hunter and ‘Pedophile Pillows’ by Jenn Marcus.

homecoming 2013

You are invited to celebrate WVU Homecoming 2013 with the College of Creative Arts faculty and staff at our Homecoming Tent for the WVU vs. Texas Tech football game. Plenty of food and fun provided! Let’s go Mountaineers!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

2 1/2 hours before kickoff

Erickson Alumni Center Courtyard

by October 11, 2013 to

Visit the WVU Homecoming site for more information.

By Glenn Rosswurm, CCA Director of Development

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the College of Creative Arts achieved notable results in fundraising during the recently-concluded fiscal year. This allows the College to address an array of student and faculty needs.

In 2012-2013, the CCA received $5,871,608 in new pledges, new planned gift expectancies, and gifts not fulfilling pledges. This represented a substantial increase over the $1,770,272 garnered in 2011-2012. Further, the CCA received $3,502,048 in cash and in-kind gifts, significantly surpassing last year’s total of $1,725,824. Finally, donors contributed $322,847 through the CCA’s annual fund program, outpacing the 2011-2012 annual fund total of $258,141.

The catalyst for this increase was enhanced participation by the College’s alumni and friends, with 1,374 donors this year versus 1,227 last year. Even more encouragingly, a total of 1,980 gifts were received from this year’s donors–a dramatic increase of more than 500 gifts from last year’s total of 1,469.

The new gifts and pledges received during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. This $750 million comprehensive campaign is being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University, and runs through December 2015. With more than two years left in the campaign, the CCA’s gift total now stands at $14,045,787, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $13,500,000. Many pressing needs remain to be met, however, so College faculty and staff will not diminish their efforts to advance the CCA’s mission during the remainder of the campaign.

While numbers are important metrics for assessing fundraising success, they do not begin to capture the human impact of the benefactions of alumni and friends. Because of donor generosity and kindness during the past year, several beautiful Steinway pianos were obtained which will enrich the experiences of students and faculty; a new musical theatre scholarship was endowed; research activities of faculty in the School of Art & Design were supported robustly; the Mountaineer Marching Band was able to perform during the WVU-James Madison football game in FedEx Field; a fund was established to assist CCA students to travel domestically and internationally for study, research, and performance activities; the Dean’s Honors Scholars Program was initiated; an endowment will be created to enable the Art Museum of WVU to acquire works by renowned international photographers; endowed scholarships in music performance and collaborative piano were founded; a future fund will support art education programs for middle and high school students; and a much-lauded collection of Star Trek musical scores will enhance learning opportunities for music composition students. Last but not least, the collective magnanimity of numerous donors prompted the University to green-light a September 10th groundbreaking for the Art Museum of WVU, which will markedly expand cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens in the region.

The English author G.K. Chesterton once wrote that, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” In this spirit, Dean Paul Kreider offers reflections upon the progress made in fundraising during 2012-2013:

“On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Creative Arts, I express our collective heartfelt thanks and appreciation to donors and friends who have made many goals and dreams come to fruition. We have been able to realize many new programs to support students and faculty. This would not have been possible without the dedication and gifts of our faithful supporters. Our pledge and promise is to bring continued positive and life-changing results to our College’s constituents made possible by donor generosity.”

Cliff Harvey 1990s Monica Servaites
Photo by Monica Servaites, taken in the Graphic Design studio in 1997

Clifford Harvey, founder of the Graphic Design program in the WVU School of Art & Design, and Professor Emeritus of Art, died Monday, Sept. 16, after a long illness. Harvey retired from the College of Creative Arts in 2005, but his legacy will never be forgotten, especially by his friends at the CAC and his former students.

“The College of Creative Arts family is truly saddened by Cliff’s passing,” said Dean Paul Kreider. “It is clear from the outpouring of messages that Cliff impacted the lives of many students and friends at WVU. His legacy at WVU’s School of Art and Design will last forever. Our sympathy goes out to his family and close friends.”

Cliff came to WVU in 1973 to found the Graphic Design program at the Creative Arts Center, after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and working for the Control Data Corporation.

Cliff’s contributions to the WVU Graphic Design program were immeasurable. Along with his many achievements, he oversaw the integration of electronic media into the program and established standards which fostered a near 100 percent placement rate for graphic design students in the profession.

He led the program for three decades, setting up a modern graphic design studio using Macintosh computers at the CAC in the mid-1980s.

He was known for his love of letterpress printing. Even after the program began using computers, he continued to teach the art of fine printing and the book arts because he felt it was important for students not to lose touch with their heritage and sense of craft. Since then, the book arts have enjoyed a rebirth in many institutions.

Harvey was nationally known for his work with the GramLee Collection of Early American Commercial Wood Engravings, one of the largest single collections of 19th century American wood engravings known in the United States today. The collection is owned by the WVU School of Art & Design.

After printing and researching the engravings, Harvey completed a private-press book about the GramLee Collection titled “Before Rosebud Was a Sled: Commercial Wood Engraving in America Seen Through the GramLee Collection.” The book examines the art of woodblock engraving in the United States and how it evolved during the 19th and 20th centuries. It has been in numerous exhibitions and is in the collections of major universities and museums across the United States.

In 2002, Harvey set up an exchange program between the School of Art & Design and the Universdad de Guanajuato in Mexico. The three-week summer program gave graphic design students the opportunity to experience the art, design, architecture and culture of Mexico while completing photography and design projects.

Cliff had a passion for dogs, both in the show ring and as personal companions. Cliff was instrumental in the development of two dog parks in Morgantown, Stanley’s Spot and Krepps Dog Park. He and his wife, Carol, established Dog Tags Training School in 1994 which still is in business today.

Cliff is survived by his loving wife, Carol, and three daughters, Terry (Terrance) Demarest of Nashville, Tenn., Tracy (Jeff) Webster of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lisa (Robert) Garcia of Half Moon Bay, Cal. Cliff had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his beloved German Shorthaired Pointers, Niki and Georgi.

In honoring Cliff’s wishes, he will be cremated. A celebration of his life will be planned at a later date.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Cliff’s memory may be made to either the Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 East Girard Ave, Suite B430 Denver, CO 80231, Phone 800-243-2345,; or to PACCT, Inc. (Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatments, Inc.) 1143 Parmelee NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, Phone: 616-453-1477,

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Ruby Memorial Hospital who participated in Cliff’s care through the years.

Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown is assisting the family with the arrangements.

These are some of the comments from Cliff’s former students on the WVU Graphic Design Alumni Facebook Page. Thanks to all for allowing us to share these:

“My great friend and mentor Cliff Harvey passed away this morning. Thank you for all you taught me. You will be missed.”—Juan Giraldo

“What a beautiful photo. He was an awesome teacher. An inspiration. Without his teachings, I would not be the designer that I am today. Thank you, Cliff.”—Melissa Jaramillo

He was a one of the greatest teachers I ever had, I’m sure he’s telling the angels about white space and still forgetting his coffee cup on their desks. Rest in peace, Cliff.—Tim King

“The best teacher I ever had. The greatest creative influence of my life, to date.”—Promila Shastri

“My favorite quote from Cliff, ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’ for all those days when I tried so hard to make a design complicated and he wanted me to see the simplicity in design. I love you Cliff. Godspeed.”—JustPlain Gerald

“What a gift to have been taught by him.”—Erin Sartor

“It is amazing what an impact a truly great educator can have on a life. Cliff, you will be missed. Thank you for your dedication to all things design.”—Stephen Roberts

“He was definitely of the old school, but we all loved him and I learned so much from him, without realizing it at the time. He is a true inspiration to me, to this day.”—Jason Shaffer

“Rest in peace, Cliff! You inspired and taught me so much. The phrase “so damn close” still gives me a chuckle when I think of you.”—Linda Pellagrino

“If it were not for Cliff and the classes he taught and all the wisdom he shared, I wouldn’t have a career nor any knowledge of the purest and smartest way to design—and that is to keep things simple yet make it meaningful. Thanks Cliff for all that you’ve done for the program. We will miss you.”—Kervie Mata

“I’m very sad to hear this! He was responsible for one half of my design education that has led me down the road I’m on now. I have fond memories of him and will always remember our long conversations about another love of his, his dogs.”—Michelle Berkshire Eichelberger

“The days I spent studying typography with Cliff were some of my favorite days in all my college experience. Godspeed, Cliff. Thank you for everything you taught me. Rest in peace.”—Michael Fowler

“Very sad to hear this news. One of my favorite professors and a great person who I had always had the utmost genuine respect for. Rest in peace, Cliff.”—Joe Wallace

(For more photos from Monica Servaites, see her Facebook site where she has posted “Ode to Cliff.”)

By Art Museum Director Joyce Ice

Site work for the new Art Museum began in advance of the September 10th groundbreaking, but no one seemed to mind because everyone was eager for this long-awaited process to begin. When the excavator appeared and began felling trees, it made the project real, no longer just a rendering from Stanley, Beaman and Sears, our architects, or blueprints showing plumbing and electrical details.

Staff members working next door in the Museum Education Center had a great vantage point to observe the work in progress as the excavator operator took down tree after tree on site. At first, we looked on with some concern that things could go terribly awry as the operator pushed over the tall trees, sometimes balancing perilously on the slope above. Then we found ourselves admiring the proficiency with which the operator moved this piece of heavy equipment so smoothly and effortlessly. It was as if some giant prehistoric creature was using an immense paw to purposefully clear the site. The machine gracefully picked up and moved tree limbs, grubbing in the soil to remove roots and then smoothing it back in place. Work paused long enough for the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, then resumed shortly afterward.

If the contingent from the WVU Marching Band were uncomfortable in their uniforms on that hot and muggy afternoon of the groundbreaking, it was not evident. Their music boomed across the space adding to the festive atmosphere as people filled the seats under the tents and swelled to become a standing-room-only crowd as Dean Kreider enthusiastically welcomed the audience. The presence of WVU President Jim Clements, First Lady Beth Clements, and Provost Michele Wheatly – all members of the Friends of the Art Museum – made a statement about their own personal support of the project as well as that of the university they represent. Russell Dean from the Office of the Provost has been involved in the project literally for years along with the guys from Facilities Planning and Construction who prefer a low-profile – but they know who they are.

During the ceremony, Dean Paul Kreider surprised the museum staff with a gift of personalized hard hats stenciled with our names and the flying WV logo in gold for those site visits and tours we’ll be taking over the 12-14 months of construction (see photo).

Representing the students was our own Mandie Guggenbiller, graduate student in Art History and part-time Administrative Associate, making the first speech of what will be many in her museum career. We all expect her to go far.

As I looked out over the crowd, I was thrilled to see the faces of many colleagues from the College of Creative Arts, members of the Friends of the Art Museum, and community supporters who came to be with us this day. My mother from Paden City, my sister and niece (who got excused from her Morgantown High School class to be with us) made three generations of the Ice family in attendance.

Our last speaker, Lyn Dotson, VP for Development at the WVU Foundation, gave an inspiring tribute to the generous donors who have been so key to this project and made a rousing call for others to step forward and join them with additional contributions that will secure the future of the Art Museum. He noted that WVU is now joining its Big 12 counterparts with its own art museum on campus.

Following the ceremony, dozens of people created wish flags under the director of Friends member Beth Hestick, personalizing their own hopes and dreams for the Art Museum. Be sure to look for these flags that will be hung on the construction fence facing Patteson Drive along with those made by the art students of Debbie Hart at Mylan Park Elementary and the members of the Southside Stars 4-H Club. We expect to add more flags to the fence line as they are finished.

Meanwhile, stay tuned!

Art Museum administrative staff in hard hats
Art Museum Administrative Staff wearing their hard hats: Curator Robert
Bridges, Registrar Valerie Wright, Director Joyce Ice, Director of Education
& External Affairs Bernie Schultz and Administrative Associate Mandie Guggenbiller.

Marching Band at Art Museum Groundbreaking
Members of the WVU Marching Band opened the festivities, with a
standing-room-only crowd in attendance.

Gold Shovels
The entire group with gold shovels: Betsy Beaman of Stanley, Beaman & Sears; Valerie Wright, Art Museum Registrar; Scott Owen, Construction Manager, WVU Design & Construction; Associate Provost Russ Dean; Provost Michele Wheatly; WVU President James Clements; Bernie Schultz, Art Museum Director of Education & External Affairs; Mandie Guggenbiller, Art History student & Administrative Associate; Art Museum Director Joyce Ice, College of Creative Arts Dean Paul Kreider, Lyn Dotson, VP of Development, WVU Foundation; Phil Weser, President of March-Westin Company, Inc.; and Robert Bridges, Art Museum Curator.

Making Wish Flags at Art Museum Groundbreaking
Making wish flags for the construction fence: Nina West & husband Jay West
looking over her shoulder, Joyce Forren, Lotus MacDowell, and WVU Provost
Michele Wheatly.

After several years of planning and preparing, construction of the new Art Museum of WVU is scheduled to begin very soon, with the official groundbreaking set for Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Museum Education Center.

The new building, designed by Stanley, Beaman, and Sears, will be located near the Creative Arts Center on Patteson Drive in a lovely setting that will offer space for an outdoor sculpture garden.

It will be connected to the Museum Education Center, the colorful post-modern building that was designed by artist and architect Michael Graves and constructed in the 1980s as the original Erickson Alumni Center.

Approximately 3,000 pieces of artwork that are currently in storage at the WVU Wise Library on the downtown campus will also soon have a new home in the Art Museum’s two art galleries, totaling approximately 5,300 square feet. The building is designed to be energy-efficient while controlling light, humidity, and temperature within the appropriate ranges required to protect vulnerable works of art.

In addition to galleries and large collection storage, the new building will also include a university classroom and areas for research and the study of art from the collection.

Construction will begin by September and the museum is expected to open in early 2015.

Director Joyce Ice said the Art Museum has become a reality through a combination of public and private funding. Many people have contributed generously in support of the construction of the building and eventually, a sculpture garden.

The final cost of the project is approximately $9.4 million.

When the building is complete the museum will enhance WVU students’ opportunities to learn about art locally. It will be a place for students from all fields of study to enjoy.

“We want to have students coming to the Art Museum from areas such as engineering, agriculture, history and math—as well as art, music and theatre students and faculty—to see art from various perspectives, and understand that creativity isn’t confined to one field of study,” Ice said.

“Right now, students and members of the community have to go to 75 miles away to Pittsburgh, or to Washington, D.C., or Cleveland to see major museum collections. It’s important to have the presence of art here on campus, not only for the University, but for Morgantown and the surrounding region.

“This is something that will contribute to the quality of life and the vitality of the Morgantown area for generations to come.”

For more information, visit the Art Museum Website.

Visit the architect’s website at

Also see more about the new Art Museum in this WVU Today news article about the Art Collection.

Student artists, musicians, actors and dancers took center stage at the Creative Arts Center on Saturday, May 18, as graduates of the College of Creative Arts received their diplomas in the same building where they had worked so hard for years to achieve their dreams.

Diplomas were awarded this year to approximately one hundred students in the College of Creative Arts, including graduates of August 2012, December 2012 and August 2013.

Carolyn “C.J.” Bonde, the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the School of Theatre & Dance, was also named the overall Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Creative Arts for 2013.

CJ Bonde Award

The other outstanding graduates recognized were: Elizabeth Roth, Outstanding Graduating Senior in the School of Art & Design, and Hannah Webster, Outstanding Graduating Senior in the School of Music.

Guest Speaker Jay Chattaway
Dean Kreider then introduced guest speaker Jay Chattaway and presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, in recognition of professional achievements and dedication to the College of Creative Arts.

Chattaway Award

Chattaway is an Emmy Award-winning composer known for his work in films and television, and most notably for the “Star Trek” television series for 16 years. He graduated from WVU in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Music and received his master’s degree in 1996. He also studied at the Eastman School of Music.

Chattaway recently donated his entire “Star Trek” music collection to the School of Music and he will be a visiting artist, working with music students to teach them about the commercial music field..

Originally from Monongahela, Pa., Chattaway said that if he had not received a scholarship from the WVU School of Music, he didn’t know what he would have done, but it wouldn’t have been in music and it wouldn’t have been at WVU.

“We had the best faculty,” he said. “We could talk to them about anything.” He went on to acknowledge Dr. James Miltenberger, professor of piano, who is celebrating his 52nd year on the School of Music faculty this year. He thanked Doc Miltenberger for his “guidance, jazz influence, and patience.”

Chattaway told humorous stories about his days as a student at the Creative Arts Center and about his first job as music director at Bruceton Mills High School in Preston County before he was drafted into the service during the Vietnam War.

He said his connections at WVU helped him become a member of the U.S. Navy Band after he was drafted and later helped give him the opportunity to work with Maynard Ferguson, which he used as his calling card to New York City.

“This never would have happened if I didn’t go to WVU,” he said. “Stay connected, and it will pay off.”

His arrangement of “The Theme from Rocky” (“Gonna Fly Now”) for Ferguson accelerated his career at a very young age, he said.

“I always tried to do the best work that I could. Whatever you do will follow you forever, so you must do your best.”

Chattaway Speaker

He gave the graduates his list of the most important things they need to know as they embark on their future careers:

Most important
Love what you do!

Number 2
Explore all your options, look around and travel, and spend some time in New York, LA and London.

Number 3
Stay connected with friends, teachers, and your community.

Number 4
Remain true to your art.

Number 5
Guard your creative rights. This is your creative property, so learn the business aspects.

Number 6

He recited a portion the poem, “The Dash” by Linda Ellis (copyright 1996):

“For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars, the house, the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.”

In closing, Chattaway said that when he arrived at the Creative Arts Center this time, he realized how much CAC resembles the star ship Enterprise.

“Remember, love what you do, and in the words of Mr. Spock: Live long and prosper.”

Congradulatons Graduates!

Following the conferring of degrees, there was a reception in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the Creative Arts Center for the graduates, their families and friends, as well as College of Creative Arts faculty and staff.

See the entire College of Creative Graduation Commencement Ceremony on YouTube or at this link: CCA Commencement 2013.

Art grads

Music Grads

Kofi Opoku & family

Hendircks, Frieben, Wilkinson



C.J. Bonde named overall outstanding Creative Arts graduate for 2013

CJ Bonde

Carolyn “C.J.” Bonde, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting, was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the WVU College of Creative Arts for 2013, during the commencement ceremony, held Saturday, May 18, at the Creative Arts Center.

The award is presented to one outstanding graduate each year, in recognition of their commitment to their education, their extraordinary talent and the promise that they bring to the future of the arts and our world at large.

“C.J. has been as dedicated a student as we’ve ever had here in the WVU School of Theatre and Dance,” said Director Joshua Williamson. “She is passionate not only about her own work, but that of her fellow students as well. C.J. is a talented artist and an effective leader, serving as president of the theatre honorary fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. We are very proud of her accomplishments and wish her well in her new role as a member of the Missoula Children’s Theatre Company.”

During the commencement ceremony, awards were presented to each student named Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Schools of Theatre & Dance, Art & Design, and Music, including C.J. Bonde, Elizabeth Roth and Hannah Webster.

Bonde was then announced as the overall Outstanding Graduating Senior for the College of Creative Arts.

C.J. Bonde is from Cleveland, Ohio, where she has had many opportunities to participate in professional, community, and educational theatre throughout Northeast Ohio, including Actors’ Summit Theatre in Akron. At WVU she performed in the plays “Blood Wedding,” “The Visit,” “The Crucible,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Jekyll and Hyde.” She also performed in the WVU Laboratory Theatre productions of “Grams,” “Almost Maine,” “Sylvia” and “Old Times.” In addition to her work onstage, C.J. has also spent a lot of time working behind the scenes. During the spring semester, she directed “Seascape with Sharks and Dancer,” as an Advanced Directing project. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, and has been a driving force for the WVU Theatre Student Organization where she served as president and treasurer. After graduation, C.J. begins work as a tour actor/director with the Missoula Children’s Theatre in Missoula, Mont. She will travel to a new city every week where she will teach 50-60 children a full-length musical that they will perform.

Elizabeth Roth, of Lewisburg, W.Va., the Outstanding Graduating Senior from the School of Art & Design, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a minor in Arts Administration. During her course of study, she maintained an impressive GPA of 3.97. Liz has been working for New South Media in Morgantown for the past year photographing, writing stories and managing websites for “WV Living,” “WV Weddings” and other Morgantown magazines. She served as president of the Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity and exhibited her work in several exhibits in Morgantown. In addition, her work was included in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Annual Juried Exhibition in 2011.

Hannah Webster, the Outstanding Graduating Senior from the School of Music, is from Jamestown, N.Y., and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During her time at WVU, Hannah studied percussion with Associate Professor George Willis and piano with Professor Christine Kefferstan and was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota sorority. In the spring of 2012, she studied abroad in Cardiff, Wales. After finding she liked being abroad so much, Hannah knew she wanted to go back to England to pursue further education. Accordingly, she will return to London in September to begin postgraduate studies in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Outstanding Graduating Seniors Hannah Webster, Elizabeth Roth, and C.J. Bonde are recognized by Associate Dean William Winsor.


Overall Outstanding College of Creative Arts Graduate C.J. Bonde accepts her award from Dean Paul Kreider (at left) and Associate Provost Russ Dean.