Home Grown

Home is a word that describes the place where we live or where we were born or raised.  Home is the place we embrace as our natural environment; a place where we feel comfort and emotional connection.  In HOME GROWN, an exhibition of art from the Clay Center's collection, the influence of family and friends, experiences and memories can be seen in visual tributes to home in West Virginia. Artists such as Paula Clendenin, James Gibson, David Riffle, Ellie Schaul, Anne Shreve and Barry Vance have produced work that expresses a sense of place and a personal connection to people, events, and the landscape of West Virginia.    

Creative Space: Highlights from the Collection

This exhibition features over 40 works of art from the Clay Center's collection. Divided into four sections, “Abstraction”, “The Figure”, “Landscape” and “Pop Art”, Creative Space presents artworks that demonstrate methods and approaches for interpreting works of art. Artists featured in the exhibition include: Lesley Dill, Helen Frankenthaler, Martin Johnson Heade, Roy Lichtenstein, Martin Puryear, Lee Savage, Grace Martin Taylor, Andy Warhol and Frederick Waugh.
The collection started in 1963 when the Charleston Art Gallery of Sunrise obtained its first artwork. Currently the collection consists of close to 1,000 artworks.  Primarily consisting of 19th- 21st century American art, over half of the collection is comprised of works on paper such as drawings and prints. 



Charleston Street Art Presentation
Sunday, October 30th
2pm | Juliet Art Museum
Around town you may notice a few friends from the Clay Center art collection hanging out at Capitol Market, Bluegrass Kitchen or Tricky Fish to name a few locations.  Come see how WVSU Professor Zach Fitchner and students collaborated with community businesses to bring pieces of the Clay Center’s art collection to the streets of Charleston.  
Art Underground | ArtWalk CWV
Thursday, November 25th
5-8pm  | Juliet Art Museum
The Clay Center is joining the Charleston Art Walk by offering Fast Paced Art Experiences that draw upon the hidden stories in the Clay Center’s Art Collection. Come get the inside gossip behind the artwork and find out which artists had secret double lives. Some of our truths may shock and surprise you!

Release your inner child at Clay Center this month as we let the adults climb our latest sculpture that is made to be climbed. Create your own Colored Shadow Selfie and play Pacman in a whole new way. Finally take a quick flash tour in our Creative Space exhibit where you may be asked to recreate one of the abstract pieces using finger paints. This event will have you laughing and playing like a child again! 

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