University of Rio Grande art collection goes on display at Marshall

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Beginning Aug. 27, collected prints from the University of Rio Grande’s Greer Museum will be available to view at the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

The works represent several projects conducted at the University of Rio Grande’s printmaking studio under the guidance of Rio Grande professor of art Benjy Davies, according to Megan Schultz, Marshall’s Visual Arts Center gallery director.

Among the works to be exhibited, “Identity Project” by Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy addresses issues of violence, suicide and trauma in adolescents. Working with young people across the U.S. and adolescent refugees from distressed parts of the world, Molloy created collaborative portraits of her young subjects using a variety of mediums.

Another project to be displayed is one initiated by Davies. In the Little River Print Project, Davies invited artists from around the region to work with his printmaking students to produce an edition.

Schultz said projects like Davies’ allow artists to experience the collaborative process of edition printing. The projects also give printmaking students a feel for what is means to work in a professional print shop.

Participating artists for this project include the Huntington Museum of Art’s Education Director Katherine Cox, Marshall alumnus Adrian Blackstock, Ohio-based artists Gerry Enrico and Laken Bridges, and others.

In addition, the exhibit will feature contemporary works donated to the Greer’s collection, showcasing artists from around the U.S. working in a range of printmaking techniques, including an offset lithograph by renowned multimedia artist Bruce Nauman and nationally recognized printmaker Donald Roberts.

Davies will give an informal gallery talk about his role in developing the Greer Museum’s print collection and the various printmaking projects taking place at the University of Rio Grande at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Birke Art Gallery.

The Birke Art Gallery, located in Smith Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus, is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Staff Report