More than 30 Davis & Elkins College students and alumni will display close to 90 pieces of their creative works at the Arts Center in Elkins throughout February. The student visual art exhibit opens with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 27 featuring student work in the Great Hall.

The work is that of student art majors, minors and other students who are studying other fields and taking art courses as a general elective class. The exhibit will include paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics and 3D sculptural pieces.

Students and alumni presenting works in the exhibit are Emily Adams-Shirley, Buckhannon; Vinny Azeredo, Sertazinho, Brazil; Tessa Chenoweth, Elkins; Katie Clarke, Hereford, United Kingdom; Trinity Cossette, Sparks, Nevada; Elizabeth Craig, Clarkston, Michigan; Shelbe Craig, Meridian, Idaho; Madison Craven, Friendly; Aurora Davis, Waipahu, Hawaii; Maddie Edicola, Sandston, Virginia; Caitlyn Fladung, Hambleton; Jillian Griffin, Wheeling; Savanna Hardman, Martinsburg; Alyssa Haynes, Pataskala, Ohio; Eden Heatherly, Belington; Serenity Hinton, Meridian, Connecticut; Gracie Janas, Carnegie, Pennsylvania; Alainah Johnson, Elkins; Evan Jones, Hambleton; Carly Kowalick, Wichita Falls, Texas; Mackenzie Lyons, Davis; Natasha MacKey, Rock Cave; Charles Mavronis, Glenelg, Maryland; Katyanna Metheny, Elkins; Savannah Metheny, Elkins; Anya Miller, Milton; Graceyn Papreka, Crownsville, Maryland; Emma Pennington, Elkins; Jocelyn Ramos-Chears, Columbus, Ohio; Gabe Ray, Elkins; Emily Reeves, Buckhannon; Ani Reger, Elkins; Thomas Schad, Bowie, Maryland; Brad Sisler, Arthurdale; Mackenzie Smegal, Marysville, Ohio; Chloe Travelstead, Fairmont; Jacob Vigh, Elkins; Jessica Walton, Dunmore; and Catherine Whalen, Washington, D.C.

“All of our students work very hard to create what they see in their minds when they start working on their artwork,” said Assistant Professor of Art Kevin “Woody” Woodcock, who also serves as chair of the D&E Division of Creative Arts. “The process of making art involves creative thinking, daily observation and many practice drawings to work out the final outline of their idea. Sometimes that idea changes in the course of creating, and the students must figure out how to make their work adapt to those changes. The students take pride in their artwork and this exhibition is an opportunity for them to share it with the community.”

In addition to Woodcock, the D&E Art Department faculty is made up of Adjunct Professors Eric Armstrong, Desire Watson, Tessa Garver-Daniels, Nevada Tribble and Natalie Josimovich.

The Art Program at D&E provides a basic background in art, problem solving and the creative process to all students. Students develop an understanding of complex and sophisticated visual language, and are prepared for a professional career in art, teaching art and/or graduate study.

The Arts Center is located at 2 Park St. in Elkins.

Student art show

Ceramics by Shelbe Craig, Tessa Chenoweth, Madison Craven and Eden Heatherly are among works included in the Davis & Elkins College Art Department Exhibition opening at the Arts Center Friday, January 27. The display will remain throughout February.