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Beginning Saturday, November 3rd, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences will present Da Vinci – Inventions, the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created, for a limited engagement in Charleston, WV. The interactive experience will immerse guests in Leonardo’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art.

Da Vinci – Inventions demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. An extensive range of unique pieces includes numerous examples of his machine inventions, and entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works. Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.  In collaboration with this exhibition, special programming is being offered to a variety of audiences throughout the duration.

Da Vinci Inventions Special Programming!
Closing on March 3, 2019

Deepen your insight into Leonardo and the Renaissance by attending two Art & Culture events:

December 6, 2018
Renaissance Life & Culture
5:30 pm – Reception
6:00 pm – Program begins
Join Dr. Del Chrol, Associate Professor of Classics at Marshall University, as he discusses daily life during the Renaissance and how this cultural movement spread throughout Europe.  This event is $15 per person, reservations can be made by calling the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570

December 13, 2018
An Evening with Dr. George Bent Presented by Clay Center Collector’s Club & Washington and Lee Alumni Association
Lecture by Dr. George Bent, Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts, Washington and Lee University.  Join Dr. Bent as he delves deep into Renaissance art and the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This event is free and open to the public courtesy of generous support from the Clay Center Collectors Club & Washington and Lee Alumni Association. 

February 21, 2019
Renaissance Art & Anatomy
5:30 –  Reception
6:00 pm – Program begins
Join Dr. Bernie Schultz, Professor of Art History and interim Co-Director of the Art Museum at West Virginia University, for an insightful presentation on Leonardo’s contributions to art and science and his impact on modern medicine. 
This event is $15 per person, reservations can be made by calling the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570.  Entrance includes complimentary food and beverage.  

December 20, 2018
Art After Dark
7:30 – 9:30 pm
When the gallery lights go down, the fun turns up!  Join us following Art Walk for live music, hands on activities, and an opportunity to explore Da Vinci Inventions!

Docent Program
Take a deeper dive in to Da Vinci Inventions with a docent led tour!  The Clay Center is excited to begin the docent program with the Da Vinci Inventions exhibit! Museum docents will be in the Juliet Art Museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with scheduled tours at 2:00 pm both days. Tours will begin on Saturday November 10th through the last weekend of the exhibit, Saturday March 2nd.


Da Vinci Inventions Studio Days
12:00 – 3:00 pm
These interactive workshops are fun for the whole family!  Visit the Art Studio in the Juliet Art Museum each month to focus on a different theme of Leonardo’s life and work.

November 10th – Flight – paper airplanes

December 8th – Military Engineering – catapults

January 12th – Painting – reproduce images of Leonardo’s master works

February 9th – Civil Engineering – build your own miniature bridge

Curator Led Exhibit Tour
Fridays at 12:00PM

Visit the Juliet Art Museum every Friday at 12:00PM for a tour of the exhibits on display led by Artistic Curator, Jessica O’ Hearn.  This tour will change weekly and will give an in depth look at the current pieces on display in the Juliet Art Museum.

Curator led tours are available by request and are free with the cost of admission.  Please make a reservation for yourself or your group by calling Jessica O’Hearn at 304.561.3524.