Celebrate the longstanding relationship between math and art with prints, paintings and sculptures from the Clay Center’s collection. Examine how artists intentionally and intuitively use mathematical concepts like shape, pattern, symmetry and proportion to guide their creativity. Try it yourself when you solve puzzles and build geometric structures in an exhibit that challenges your mind.


Self Reflections

Self-portrait or selfie? See the ever-evolving ways artists explore their own images. Experience traditional, narrative and interactive self-portraits produced by artists across the United States.


Self Reflections Programs

Yoga with Art
Saturdays at 10 – 11:15 am

August 1 & 8
$12 per session for members; $15 per session for non-members
Explore your perceptions of SELF as you move through a variety of poses. Sessions are led by certified yoga teacher Gabriella Dahalia. Bring your own mat, towel and water. All bodies and experience levels welcome, ages 12 and up. Pre-register at the box office or pay at the door. 

*Deborah Willis, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Thursday, August 6, 6 pm       

Learn how African Americans have used photographic self-portraiture to counter stereotypes presented by mainstream photographers.
Fairest of Them All
with Arif Khan, Clay Center Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art
Wednesday, August 12, 12:15 pm 

Learn how the technological advancements of mirrors have influenced the genre of self-portraiture throughout art history. Then create your own self-portrait, drawing supplies provided.

*Richard Polsky, art dealer and author
Thursday, August 20, 6 pm         

Listen as the author of “Boneheads, I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon)” discusses the complex and fascinating forces that contributed to the emergence of the contemporary art scene and make today’s globalized, fast-paced art world tick. 

* This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
September 4  - November 29, 2015

The simple paper forms of traditional origami are transformed into breathtaking, large-scale sculptures and conceptual works in the hands of nine artists from around the world. Inspired by subjects as varied as robotics, molecular biology, theology and centuries-old Japanese fashion, these inventive artists push the boundaries of paper to create bold, thought-provoking works. 

  Visual Systems: The Quilter’s Eye
December 12, 2015 - March 6, 2016


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