ELKINS - More than 30 Davis & Elkins College students will display their creative works at the Randolph County Community Arts Center throughout February. The Student Visual Art Exhibit opens with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 2 featuring student work in the Great Hall and a solo exhibition by Associate Professor of Art and Division of Creative Arts Chair Michael Doig in the Maxwell Gallery.
The work is that of student art majors and minors, as well as those studying other fields and taking art as an elective course. The 83-piece exhibit will include paintings, prints, T-shirts, ceramics and 3D sculptures.
Work will be displayed by Marquis Allen of Providence Forge, Va.; Nicholas Altman of Rockville, Md.; Haileigh Carper of Baltimore, Md.; Carla Deem of Fayetteville, W.Va.; Joshua Rankin of Rupert, W.Va.; Jordan Cunningham of Belington, W.Va.; Claire Potter of Baltimore, Md.; Molly Peterson of Hopewell, N.J.; Ella Hinton of Towson, Md.; Jonathan Gabel of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Macey Hedrick of Whitmer, W.Va.; Morgan Henrie of Elkins; Mohammed Almutlaq of Elkins; Logan Boothe of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Misty Rule of Webster Springs, W.Va.; Whitney Timbrook of Fisher, W.Va.; Gavin Isner of Elkins; Erich Sening of Centreville, Va.; Dylan Stansberry of Walker, W.Va.; Angela Golub of Rockville, Md.; Meaghan Eyler of Keyser, W.Va.; Kaylynne Goins of Elkins; Nicole King of Alpharetta, Ga.; Abby Sowards of Huntington, W.Va.; Zoe Craig of Baton Rouge, La.; Courtney Harris of Glady, W.Va.; Savannah Preston of Elkins; Ann Marie Timbrook of Shanks, W.Va.; Melody Bowman of Petersburg, W.Va.; Tyler Mason of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Mattie Missildine of Mount Clare, W.Va.; Dakota Fugate of Procious, W.Va.; and Jadyn Peto of Fairless Hills, Pa.
The Davis & Elkins Art Department has created an innovative approach to the art-making process by allowing for personal experimentation coupled with time-tested techniques. With the belief that visual arts can be taught to and learned by anyone, regardless of previous experience with art, faculty works to encourage students of all skill levels to take art classes in order to learn to be more creative and find new sources of inspiration.
“The students take a lot of pride in their work and this show is an opportunity for them to share it with the community,” Doig said.
Doig’s solo exhibit features mostly new work with a mix of imagery including landscapes and people, along with several pieces from his Running Cat Series created in 2017.
“My hope is that these paintings can offer the viewer a chance to think about the fragmentary moments that pass us by with little notice, and yet become important to us with the passage of time, as each painting references the past and offers a meditation on our place in the world,” Doig said. “I don’t seek to hide the painting process, which allows the images to be recognized as self-conscious attempts to create an experience which references history, geology, mythology, and the nature of artistic expression.”
In addition to Doig, the D&E Art Department faculty is made up of Assistant Professor of Art Kevin “Woody” Woodcock and Adjunct Professors in Art Macy Jackson, Andy Thorne, Mike Ray and John Ryan Brubaker.
The Art Program at D&E provides a basic background in art, problem solving and the creative process to all students. Students develop understanding of complex and sophisticated visual language, and are prepared for a professional career in art, teaching art and/or graduate study.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Displaying some their work that will be displayed in the Student Visual Art Exhibit at the Randolph County Community Arts Center are Davis & Elkins College students, from left, Jonathan Gabel, Joshua Rankin, Ella Hinton and Nicholas Altman. An opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday and the exhibit will remain open throughout the month.