WVU School of Art and Design alumnus Jacob Lewis, the director of Jacob Lewis Gallery in New York City, will be the guest speaker for the College of Creative Arts Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 16.

The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center and is open to the public.

Jacob Lewis was born in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in painting and printmaking from West Virginia University. Upon graduation, Lewis moved to New York City, where he began a 13-year career with Pace Prints. In 2007, he was instrumental in inaugurating Pace Prints’ Chelsea gallery as its first director.

During his seven years as director, Lewis developed many personal and professional relationships with the artists whose work he has championed. With their encouragement and support, he opened Jacob Lewis Gallery to present a breadth of imagery and artistic mediums that resonate with the aesthetics of the Millennial generation.

In January, Lewis brought the New York artists How and Nosm to the WVU Creative Arts Center, where they showed their works in the Mesaros Galleries, presented the Deem Distinguished Artist Lecture in the School of Art and Design, and created a special mural that will be unveiled at the dedication for the new Art Museum of WVU in August 2015.

For more information, see the Jacob Lewis Gallery website:

Commencement Details
During the May 16 Commencement ceremony, the College of Creative Arts will individually recognize approximately 100 graduates, including those who completed their requirements in August or December of 2014. Alison Helm, director of the School of Art and Design, Keith Jackson, director of the School of Music, and Joshua Williamson, director of the School of Theatre and Dance, will recognize each of the degree candidates by name and they will receive congratulations from Dean Paul Kreider, Associate Dean William Winsor, and Assistant Dean John Hendricks.

There will also be several special presentations, including awards to outstanding students in Art & Design, Music, and Theatre & Dance.

Student Marshals, who lead the procession of graduates, are undergraduates in the College who have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in their division. The Student Marshals for 2015 are: Lindsay May Dieffenbaugh, School of Art and Design; Ashley Elliott, School of Music; and Lauren Kimberly Waldron, School of Theatre and Dance.

Outstanding Graduating Senior awards for the three divisions include: Emily J. Hersman, School of Art and Design; James David Conkle, School of Music; and Rachael Anne Cowne, School of Theatre and Dance.

The College of Creative Arts Outstanding Graduating Senior for 2014-2015 will be announced by Dean Kreider during the Commencement.

Doors to the Lyell B. Clay Theatre will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are not required for admission and seating is open except where reserved for degree candidates. The academic procession begins sharply at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available at various locations near the Creative Arts Center. Families and friends of graduates are welcome to take photos during the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the lobby of the Creative Arts Center for the graduates, their families and friends, and College of Creative Arts faculty and staff.

A group of WVU School of Art & Design students, led by professors Janet Snyder and Rhonda Reymond of the Art History program, traveled to France during Spring Break, where they studied some of the world’s greatest museums, churches, cathedrals and historic sites.

The course was part of the School of Art & Design’s Global Positioning Studies (GPS) program, an interdisciplinary initiative that helps students understand their local sense of place and also develop a global understanding of that place in the world. Through direct experience, students are encouraged to engage the world as a fertile ground for art making and critical research.

Dr. Snyder taught a section of the course on Medieval Painted Stained Glass and Dr. Reymond led the 19th Century Landscape Painting and Photography section. The students took a course in either Medieval or 19th Century Art History to be eligible for the GPS course and they also researched projects to present while in France.

The students in the class were: art history majors Amanda Rogers, Lizzie Fitzgerald and Fran Pagano; painting major/art history minor Sarah Shoemaker; and graphic design major Lindsay Dieffenbach.

Also accompanying the group were chaperones and professors, including Dr. Mark Sperow, Associate Professor Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Davis College, Dr. Tim Warner, Professor of Geography and Geology in the Eberly College, and Paula Hunt of the U.S. Geological Survey.

The students studied paintings, photography, Medieval stained glass, and sculpture, as well as a wide variety of landscapes, artistic schools, and artists.

Sites the Medieval Stained Glass section visited included the royal abbey church of Saint-Denis, Chartres Cathedral, Notre-Dame of Paris, Bourges Cathedral, Troyes Cathedral, Saint-Urbain in Troyes, The church of the Madeleine in Troyes; the Centre international du Vitrail in Chartres, Musée du Louvre, the Palais Royale, the Musée d’Orsay, Musée national de l’Orangerie, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Saint-Sulpice (to see the Delacroix paintings), Saint-Martin-des Champs (Musée des arts et métiers), the Medieval castle under construction at Guédelon, The church of the Madeleine in Vézelay, and the Musée Cluny and La Sainte-Chapelle.

For the course section on 19th Century Landscape Painting and Photography one segment was on “Experiencing Haussmann’s Changing Urban Landscape of 19th Century Paris” and they visited Avenue de l’Opéra; Blvd. des Capucines; Place de la Madeleine; Blvd. Malesherbes; Arc de Triomphe; Champs Elysées; Place de la Concorde; Jardin des Tuileries; Bois de Boulogne; Gare Saint-Lazare; and Pont de l’Europe.

Additional museums and sites in Paris included: Palais Garnier: National Opéra of Paris; Petit Palais; Eiffel tower; Musée Marmottan; Musée du Louvre; the Musée d’Orsay; and Musée national de l’Orangerie.

Sites they visited outside of Paris where artists of the 19th century painted and photographed included: Barbizon and the Forest of Fontainebleau (Barbizon Painters—Jean François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, Camille Corot, Barbizon Photographers—Eugène Cuvelier, Gustave le Gray, and other artists including Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet); Auberge Ganne (Museum and former inn where the Barbizon painters stayed; Jean François Millet’s atelier (studio); towns along the Seine including Marly-le-Roi, Louveciennes, Bougival, Croissy-sur-Seine, and Chatou (Impressionists—Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir); Auvers-sur-Oise (landscape painters and Post-Impressionist artists Paul Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh); Town/church/wheat fields/cemetery; Auberge Ravoux/Maison de Van Gogh (where Van Gogh died).

The School of Art & Design and the students who attended the GPS course in France would like to thank their patrons whose generosity helped make this enriching study abroad GPS France experience possible: the Colonel Eugene Myers Foundation, as well as the Margaret Tavenner Rajam Art History Endowment and the the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation which both supported students through scholarships.

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Drs. Snyder and Reymond with all the GPS: France students at the Louvre. From left to right: Lindsay Diffenbauch, Sarah Shoemaker, Amanda Rogers, Dr. Rhonda Reymond, Dr. Janet Snyder, Fran Pagano, and Lizzie Fitzgerald.

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Graphic Design major Lindsay Dieffenbach in La Sainte-Chapelle.

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Lindsay Diffenbauch, Lizzie Fitzgerald, and Fran Pagano at the Palais Royale.

Amanda presented research
While in Auvers-sur-Oise, art history major Amanda Rogers presented her research on the landscape paintings Vincent Van Gogh completed in the town during the final 70 days before he died. Here’s Amanda a few minutes later by his graveside in the nearby fields.

Mark Sperow and Sarah
After a wonderful day of exploring places where the Impressionist painters, Pissarro, Sisley, Monet, and Renoir painted along the Seine, Amanda Rogers, Dr. Mark Sperow, and Sarah Shoemaker enjoy dinner at the Maison Fournaise—the same restaurant Renoir featured in his famous Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-1881).

Sarah Shoemaker spending time by herself looking and thinking about Claude Monet’s masterful Nympheas (waterlilies) at the Musee de L’Orangerie.

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Enjoying lunch at a Medieval construction site Guédelon.

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Dr. Reymond and students at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

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Lizzie Fitzgerald, Dr. Janet Snyder and Amanda Rogers examining column figures on the Royal Portal at Chartres Cathedral.

The College of Creative Arts is offering a wide variety of camps and workshops during the summer of 2015 for students of all ages. Offerings include:

• Community Music Program (classes for all ages, including babies)
• Dance Academy (for ages 5 to adult, as well as for teachers)
• Teacher’s Institute: Smithsonian Certification Folkways Course in world music pedagogy (for K-12 teachers)
• Viola Boot Camp (ages 15 to adult)
• Percussion Camp (ages 14 to 18)
• Acting Academy (ages 10-17)
• Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy (high school students in grades 10-12)
• Piano Festival and Competition (for artists and students of all ages, as well as teachers)
• International Flute Symposium (featuring Junior High and High School Flute Camps, as well as a Collegiate/Amateur/Professional Category)
• Mountaineer Drawing Academy (ages 14 to 17)

See more information, in order by date:

Community Music Program – June-August, 2015

The WVU School of Music’s Community Music Program provides a comprehensive program of musical training for students of all ages and experience levels. The summer program features many different kinds of classes for children and adults, as well as private music lessons. Some popular classes returning this summer include: Piano For Fun For Adults, Eurhythmics For Children, Music For Babies, Explore & Enjoy for Toddlers, and Harp On It! New offerings include Vocal Choirs, Violin Camp, and more children’s classes and activities. See the entire schedule of classes, coming to the website soon.
Website: http://music.wvu.edu/community_music_program
Registration: Registration begins Tuesday, May 26 and classes begin June 1. To register, see the website or contact Karen Taddie, director, at Karen.Taddie@mail.wvu.edu, phone 304-293-6946.

Summer Dance Academy – June 13-20, 2015

Join us for another exciting and danced-filled week of technique classes and special workshops taught by WVU Dance faculty and special guest faculty. The programs include a Young Academy for children ages 5-10 years old, to be held June 15-19; a Teen Academy for ages 12-18 with at least 3 years of previous dance experience, to be held June 14-20; and a Teachers Academy for dance educators K-16, to be held June 14-20. In addition, this year there will be a one-day K-12 Dance Professional Development Intensive on Saturday June 13 (no registration fee). For questions or further information please see the website or contact the Dance Office at (304) 293-8623.
Website: http://theatre.wvu.edu/summerdance
Times: All day; Young Academy daily 9 a.m. to 1 pm.
Registration: For registration information, email theatre@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-2020. On campus room and board is available. A special tuition discount is offered to teachers who register their students.
Deadline: May 30 for early bird registration. Registration fee on or before May 30 is waived. After May 30 the registration fee is $30.

WVU Teacher Institute: Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy – June 14-20, 2015

West Virginia University’s School of Music will host its first Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy (WMP), June 14-20, 2015. Teachers will engage with world music in daily workshops featuring the musical cultures of West Africa, Brazil, and Central Appalachia led by WVU faculty and guest artists. Through this partnership with Smithsonian Folkways, teachers will develop a foundation in world music pedagogy and will have access to the rich ethnographic audio, film, and print resources of Smithsonian Folkways. This course is intended to help teachers build innovative curricula that connect K-12 music programs with local and global musical cultures. Teachers successfully completing the course will receive certification from the Smithsonian Institute documenting specialization in world music pedagogy. A limited number of scholarships are available for WV teachers.
Credits: 3 CEU or graduate credits
Registration: For information contact Dr. Janet Robbins at janet.robbins@mail.wvu.edu

Viola Boot Camp – June 15-18, 2015

Viola Boot Camp is a four-day intensive event is for violists, ages 15 to adult. All ability levels are welcome! The founder and director of the camp is Andrea Priester Houde, who is Assistant Professor of Viola in the WVU School of Music. The camp includes daily lessons, master classes, technique classes, lectures and ensembles.
Times: all day
Registration: Registration includes tuition and campus housing. Hotel accommodations are also available for adult participants. To register, contact Andrea Priester Houde, WVU Assistant Professor of Viola, at andrea.houde@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-5777.
Deadline: Students may register up until the first day of Boot Camp.

Percussion Camp – June 15-19, 2015

This popular week-long event is for young percussionists, ages 14 to 18. The founder and director of the camp is George Willis, who is also director of the Percussion Program at WVU. The camp includes daily workshops and clinics, solo performances, public percussion ensemble performances, and much more. Students will perform with and learn from some incredible guest artists. The camp will educate every level of percussionist and all of the students will perform in a percussion ensemble that will present a public concert at the end of the week.
Website: http://music.wvu.edu/percussion
Times: all day
Registration: To register, contact George Willis at George.Willis@mail.wvu.edu or phone 304-293-5274. In addition to the registration fee, there is a housing fee that includes all meals. The fees will be paid upon checking into camp.
Deadline: Students may register right up until the beginning of camp.

Summer Acting Academy – June 22-26, 2015

A one-week professional theater training program for youth, ages 10 to 17, who wish to explore and develop the actor in themselves. Open to students of all levels of theater experience, the academy includes classes in acting, movement, monologues, voice & speech, character masks, improvisation, stage combat and rehearsal/production. All classes will be led by WVU School of Theatre and Dance faculty, and guest artists. Enrollment is limited, so that each student will receive training specifically geared to their experience level. The program culminates in a student presentation at the Creative Arts Center on June 26.
Website: http://theatre.wvu.edu/summeracting
Times: Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration: Please contact theatre@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-2020. A copy of the registration form is also available on the website.
Deadline: Register by June 8 to guarantee enrollment.

The Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy – June 22-26, 2015

The Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy provides the finest experiential musical leadership training for all interested high school instrumental and vocal/choral students entering grades 10-12. All students attending, especially section leaders and drum majors, will be given increased musical skill and methods and materials for instructing and leading their peers. Our goal is to certify that every student attending leaves with a depth of knowledge and skill previously unknown to them that will provide greater enjoyment in the musical arts and a basis for lifetime accomplishment in leadership, regardless of the chosen field of professional endeavor.
Website: http://music.wvu.edu/special_summer_programs/mountaineer-music-academy
Times: all day
Registration: Applications are available on the website or by calling 302-293-3097. Students should return the application via postal mail with deposit. Entire fee schedule includes instruction, meals and board. Commuter packages available.
Deadline: Reduced fees for early applications until April 30, 2015. Applications and payments in full due by June 8, 2015.

Intersection of Jazz & Classical Music Piano Festival and Competition
June 28-July 1, 2015

During this four-day celebration of the piano, set in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, students, teachers and audience members explore how both jazz and classical styles inform, inspire and enliven the great art of playing the piano. This festival– the only one of its kind – offers outstanding artists, teachers, workshops, concerts, panel discussions, competitions and more. Guest artists for 2015 will be Ann Schein and Stefan Karlsson, as well as invited presenters from across the United States, and WVU faculty.
Website: http://music.wvu.edu/keyboardfestival
Times: all day
Registration: For registration information, contact Peter Amstutz at Peter.Amstutz@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-4532. Registration fee required. Participants may also register for a Day Pass.
Deadline to register for competitions: May 20, 2015
Deadline for general registration: Attendees may register up until the day the festival begins.

International Flute Symposium – July 15-19, 2015

The WVU International Flute Symposium offers the widest variety of performances, workshops, and masterclasses as well as the largest roster of world-renowned flutists and university professors from the orchestral, classical and jazz fields of any university flute symposium in the United States. IFS is open to flutists of all abilities, ages 12 through adult. Events include daily flute masterclasses, flute choirs, and gala concerts as well as body mapping and flute repair workshops, high school and young artist competitions, and private lessons.
Website: http://ifs.wvu.edu/
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except July 15, which begins with a 7:30 pm concert, and July 19, which ends with a 1 pm concert.
Registration: Register online at the website for the Junior High/High School Camp or the Collegiate/Amateur/Professional Category. Registration fee, plus tuition, housing costs and meals required. Participants may also register for a Day Pass.
Deadline: July 15, 2015 (Discounts apply if register before May 30)

Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy – July 22-25, 2015

Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy provides West Virginia youth, ages 14 to 17, with experiences in art, so that they will have improved observational abilities and an understanding of how artistic skills activate an understanding of space, place, perspective, and structure. Campers will participate in workshops that will enhance their personal understanding and artistic skills. Guest speakers and assemblies will emphasize daily themes and field trips will provide the opportunity for artistic exploration inspired by interacting with the landscape and our natural environment. The camp closes with a Student Showcase and Reception on July 25.
Website: http://4-hyd.ext.wvu.edu/events_forms/mountaineer-summer-drawing-academy
Times: all day
Registration: Registration is available on-line at the website. Scholarships are available to those who register by July 1. Registration includes tuition and campus housing.
Deadline: July 22, 2015 (pre-registration deadline). Camp registration is 12:30-1:00 p.m. on July 22.

Four alumni from the College of Creative Arts who have had successful careers after leaving the Creative Arts Center will return to the the CAC in April to work with students as part of the “Alumni-in-Residence” Series. They include: Sage Perrott, a 2010 graduate of the School of Art and Design, Mark Davis, a 1997 graduate of the School of Music, Bob Shreve, a 1980 graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance, and Dan Fisher, a 1986 graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance. All four will be giving presentations that are open to the public. Welcome back, everybody!


Sage Perrott – Thursday, April 9, 2 pm, Litho Studio (Room 507A)

Sage Perrott is a printmaker and illustrator from Morgantown, West Virginia. She is the creator of Haypeep, and co-founder of Eyebag Press. Perrott completed a BFA from the WVU School of Art and Design in 2010, and an MFA from Ohio University. She predominantly creates screenprints, most of which feature a cast of lumpy, cranky, imagined creatures. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo and group shows. Most recently, she had a solo show in Columbus, Ohio, titled “Ghost Alphabet.” She currently teaches at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. During her visit on April 9, Sage will speak to WVU printmaking students and also critique their works. For more information, see her website at: www.haypeep.com .

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Mark Davis – Wednesday, April 15, 9 am, Room 440A

Mark Davis, originally from St. Albans, West Virginia, was named Kanawha County Teacher of the Year in 2012 and currently serves as Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist for the Kanawha County school district in West Virginia, where he supervises and manages all of the arts programs county-wide, K-12. Mark earned his B.M. in Music Education in 1997 and his M.A. in Educational Communication in 2009, both from WVU. He went on to earn his Level I and Level II Orff teaching certification from the University of Kentucky and taught elementary general music in Kanawha County for more than 15 years. His presentation at the CAC on April 15 is titled “A Path Worth Travelling: The Real View from the Road of Music Education.” He will also give a demonstration of applied teaching methods and WVU music students will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

Bob Shreve

Bob Shreve – Friday, April 17, 2 pm, Antoinette Falbo Theatre

Robert Shreve, of Fairmont, West Virginia, is currently Corporate Vice President for Attractions Development at Herschend Family Entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia. Bob graduated from the WVU School of the School of Theatre and Dance in 1980 with a degree in technical theatre. Prior to designing theme parks, he was deputy commissioner for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, taught technical theatre at WVU, and worked as a professional theatre designer and technician. In the 1990s Bob served as SQS coordinator at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he worked to maintain the overall guest experience at EPCOT. Before joining Herschend, he served as executive producer of the design department for all Universal Parks & Resorts. Products developed during his tenure included “Revenge of the Mummy,” “Shrek 4D,” and “Universal Studios Shanghai.” He was also show producer for the Revenge of the Mummy attraction at Universal Orlando. During his visit on April 17, he will speak to students and faculty about his career in theme park design and management. A Q&A session will follow.

Dan Fisher – Friday, April 24 – time and place to be announced

Dan Fisher, a native of Middlebourne, West Virginia, graduated from the School of Theatre and Dance in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in technical theatre and almost immediately began working in the film industry. One of his first jobs was as production assistant on the popular 1987 John Sayles film “Matewan,” about a West Virginia coal mine strike in 1920. Since then, he has worked in the art departments of many other well-known films, including several by writer and director John Sayles. Some of his credits include “Mississippi Burning,” “City of Hope,” “Passion Fish,” and “Men in Black.” In recent years Dan has worked as property master for some of the most popular TV shows on the air, including “Law and Order,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Mad Men,” “White Collar,” “Girls,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and most recently the Ed Burns police drama “Public Morals.” While at the CAC, Dan will share his experiences and knowledge about film and television with the students and faculty.

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Mark Davis (BM Music Education 1997)

As a music student at the CAC in the 1990s, Mark Davis was a member of the African Ensemble and Percussion ‘90, two groups that were often on the road performing for a wide variety of audiences and events. But he says it was the performances in the public schools all over the state that really made an impact on him and led to his 15-year career teaching elementary music in the Kanawha County schools.

In 2012, Davis was named Kanawha County Teacher of the year and today he serves as Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist for Kanawha County schools, where he supervises and manages all of the arts programs county-wide, K-12.

During a return visit to the CAC on April 15, he will share his background and “real world” perspective as a teacher, arts administrator and performing musician with current students in the WVU School of Music.

“There are some things I learned at WVU that I still use every day,” he said. “I want today’s students to know that they should take advantage of the many learning opportunities available at the CAC, because you can never predict which direction a career path will go. I think it is beneficial to have a wide range of experiences so students can be ready for whatever opportunities may lie ahead for them.”


Designer, artist and environmentalist Maya Lin will speak at WVU on Thursday, April 16, about her remarkable career in both art and architecture, which began when she virtually redefined the idea of “monument” with her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Lin’s talk, titled “Between Art and Architecture,” is part of the Dan & Betsey Brown Lecture Series at WVU and will be held April 16, at 7 p.m., at the Erickson Alumni Center. It is one of the special events of the Art Museum of WVU, leading up to the opening of the museum in August, 2015. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Maya Lin’s acclaimed work encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. Her art exudes a profound respect and love for the natural environment and her architectural projects create a close dialogue between the landscape and built environment. Her work has been in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. In 2009, Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama, and in 2014 she was honored with the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

Her architectural projects include the new campus master plan and main building for Novartis in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and recently completed works include the Museum for Chinese in America in New York City, the Riggio-Lynch Chapel and Langston Hughes Library for the Children’s Defense Fund, and a private residence in Colorado that was honored as one of Architecture Record’s Record Houses in 2006. She is currently working on her last memorial, titled “What is Missing?” The project proposes that we look at a memorial not as a singular static object, but as a work that can exist in multiple forms and at multiple sites simultaneously. These works raise awareness about species and habitat loss and will give people both immediate and long-term solutions to the current crisis surrounding biodiversity loss and the overarching threat of climate change.

Maya Lin has been profiled in Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, and Art in America, among others. The 1996 documentary about her work, “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

The visit to the Creative Arts Center by Robert Shreve on Friday, Feb. 27, has been cancelled due to the weather. It will be rescheduled.

Shreve is a graduate of the WVU School of Theatre and Dance who is currently corporate vice president for Attractions Development at Herschend Family Entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia. He was scheduled to speak students at the Creative Arts Center about his career in theme park design management, as part of the College of Creative Arts Alumni-in-Residence Series, in which outstanding alumni of the College return to work with students.

Shreve graduated from the School of the School of Theatre and Dance in 1980 with a degree in technical theatre. He has been engaged in theme park design management since 1990, working with project teams at Disney and Universal Studios, as well as at Herschend Family Entertainment.

We will post the rescheduled date for his visit as soon as it is available.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Adam Cross, Contemporary Figurative Artist

Adam Cross with Paining

Adam Cross with his painting “Healing of a Paralytic”

Adam Cross, a graduate of the School of Art and Design with a degree in painting, has a very successful career in New York City. What’s your story? Send us a blurb and we’ll try to print it in one of our future newsletters. We’d love to hear from you!

WVU painting professor Naijun Zhang recently traveled to New York City, where he met up with his former student, Adam Cross, whose work is receiving lots of attention. Recently Adam’s painting “Healing of a Paralytic” was included in a book titled “The Figure” published by Skira Rizzoli (2014), which focuses on the reemergence of figurative art and the different forms and directions it is taking.

Adam is a contemporary figurative artist dedicated to creating relevant, Christ-inspired art. He began his serious training in 2004 at WVU under Zhang, a master painter. In 2006, he also studied with Naijun in China in the ancient Chinese Landscape and Thangka painting methods.

After graduating from WVU in 2007 with a BFA in Painting, Adam began painting commissioned portraits and privately teaching students drawing and painting, while continuing to exhibit his art. In 2009, he and his wife ran an arts cafe in Fairmont, WV, while he continued to make work and take commissions in his spare time. In 2012, the couple moved to New York City where Adam received his MFA in 2014 from New York Academy of Art.

During the summer of 2013, Adam was awarded a residency to Giverny, France, through the Terra Foundation of American Art Europe, where he studied direct landscape painting at Monet’s house and garden.

He is currently Assistant Director and Instructor at the New York Art Studio, as well as Continuing Education Instructor at the New York Academy of Art.

Adam’s works have been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions including Sotheby’s “Take Home a Nude” event, the Bleecker Street arts club , RH gallery, and Flowers Gallery in New York. He has also exhibited his works in Giverny, France; at Nanjing University of Art in Nanjing, China; and most recently at the United Nations. In addition to “The Figure,” his work has been published in The Wild Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

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The entire view of “Healing of a Paralytic”

See more of Adam’s amazing paintings and portraits at his website: http://www.adamcrossartwork.com/

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jenn Buch, BFA Graphic Design 2012/BMDS Multidisciplinary Studies: Art History, Foreign Literature, Advertising

Jenn Buch, who was a College of Creative Arts Outstanding Graduating Senior in 2012, has been working for the past two years for Callaway Golf in Austin, Texas, as an interactive designer. What’s your story? Send us a blurb and we’ll try to print it in one of our future newsletters. We’d love to hear from you!

Jenn Buch describes herself this way on her website:

doodler. dreamer. earring enthusiast. fresh air fanatic. ice cream lover. silly goose. pen pal. foosball defender. adventurer. face painter. chatter box. traveler. thinker. designer.

Originally from Wheeling, W.Va., Jenn was a WVU Honors Scholar in 2012, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was also an outstanding example of a student who was very engaged during her time at WVU. While a student at the CAC, she was active in the Russian Club and the Kappa Pi International Honorary Fraternity, and volunteered at Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Since moving to Austin in October of 2012, Jenn has been working in-house for Callaway Golf Interactive as part of the digital marketing team. Her day-to-day activities include building wireframes, designing landing pages, writing HTML & CSS, and creating graphics for new web content and promotions for any of the Callaway Golf websites.

She has continued her engagement with the community in Austin, where she is currently volunteering as the director of AIGA Austin’s Texas Show—a Texas-wide design competition that is open to all Texas design professionals and students.

“I moved to Austin in the fall following graduation and I immediately joined AIGA Austin,” she said. “I am now on the board of directors as the Texas Show Director, which has been an incredible learning experience for me. AIGA has given me the chance to see wonderful speakers, attend great workshops, and most importantly build a network of like-minded and incredibly talented people. I love being involved in AIGA, and I can’t say enough good things about the welcoming creative community that I discovered here in Austin. AIGA is how I met some of my closest friends!”

See Jenn’s website at: http://www.jennbuch.com/

How and Nosm, also known as Raoul and Davide Perre, are identical twin brothers known for their large-scale graffiti-based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The brothers will present the annual Deem Distinguished Artist Lecture in the College of Creative Arts, on Thursday, Jan. 22.

They will speak at 5 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center’s Bloch Learning and Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

An exhibition of their works will also be on view in the Creative Arts Center’s Paul Mesaros Gallery, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26. The opening reception for the exhibition will follow the lecture at 6 p.m. at the Mesaros Galleries.

How and Nosm also create prints and paintings on canvas, but the aerosol can is paramount in all their public works. Executed in their signature palette of reds, whites, and blacks, the artists’ complex, meticulously detailed designs are populated by geometric patterns and stylized characters engaged in dubious activities.

Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, the brothers’ influence extends internationally. Whether you visit South America, Europe, Asia or cities around the United States, you are likely to encounter their work. They have become sought-after artists and are current redefining what constitutes graffiti and public art.

Their work frequently references personal history, including their experiences living under Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, and themes of duality that investigate their genetic bond and collaborative endeavors.

For more information, see their website here.

The annual Deem Distinguished Visiting Art Lecture is made possible through a donation to the WVU College of Creative Arts from Alison and Patrick Deem of Bridgeport, W.Va.

Over the years, the Deems have been true leaders in advancing the arts at WVU, and most especially, the education of students. Their Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series has brought internationally recognized artists and their work to the WVU campus, fostering not only student and faculty engagement, but also free public lectures by these artists, providing community access to thought-provoking examples of contemporary art.

How and Nosm-Growing Up

How and Nosm
“Growing Up,” 2013, Silkscreen with hand-coloring & spray painting, 52×40 inches, Edition MONO
Image courtesy of Pace Editions Inc.