Benedum Gallery

Not On Our Watch

reclaimed-lives_lyndsey-archer_mixed-media-1Not On Our Watch Examines The Scope Of Human Trafficking


Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is collaborating with the Hope and Liberation Coalition (HLC) and West Virginia University’s School Of Medicine for a special Benedum Gallery Exhibition. The exhibit, Not On Our Watch, is an examination of the role that healthcare workers serve in the identification, healing and prevention of human trafficking. As healthcare workers attend to survivors and those still caught in the web of what is known as "Modern Day Slavery", they are confronted with the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual trauma resulting from human trafficking. In addition, this exhibit illustrates the vast scope and multi-layered system of human trafficking.


The Hope and Liberation Coalition (HLC), based in Columbus, Ohio, promotes the awareness and prevention of human trafficking via the Arts. Family-friendly artwork and creative events allow The HLC to engage the public in community discussion, along with youth and adult outreach programs for individuals and organizations from urban, suburban and rural settings.


The Panel Discussion will take place in WVU's Health Sciences Center Room 1905 at 12 pm January 13, and later that day, at 6 pm, MAC will host a public opening reception. MAC invites all students, faculty and community members to attend the Opening Reception and Panel Discussion. This exhibition will remain available to the public in MAC’s downstairs Benedum Gallery until February, 1, 2017. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.

Image: Reclaimed Lives by Lyndsey Archer

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Improvisations On A Shoreline Theme

dreaming-of-the-capeDreaming of The Cape: Jenny Wilson Recreates A Romantic Cape Cod Experience

Artist, musician, and Morgantown resident Jenny Wilson will open her new exhibition, Improvisations on a Shoreline Theme in the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) Benedum Gallery. In the exhibition, she recreates a trip to New England, where the natural beauty of the coastline had a profound effect on her. She described it as a “religious experience”, one that would influence her artwork for the following two years.

“Two years ago I visited a close friend on Cape Cod,” said Wilson. “I was inspired by the light, the colors, the vastness of sea and sky. These paintings represent my joyful memories of that landscape and time. As with my music, the element of improvisation is at play.”

The exhibition draws from the landscape, the colors, and the texture of the Cape, yet is undeniably abstract. Wilson refers to her style as ‘Abstract Landscape’, a style that emphasizes the use of texture in the paint for an added dimension. Drawing from print-making and pottery glaze techniques, Jenny captures the essence and spirit of the Cape without the confines of shape and realism.

“Waking up and looking out over the ocean while the sun was rising was like a religious experience.  The colors on the Cape are very special; a mix of blues, greens and sand that harmonize on the flatness of the landscape.”

Jenny and her husband, Nathan Wilson, are professional musicians who have lived in Morgantown since 1999. She is originally from NYC, and holds a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University. Together, Jenny and Nathan Wilson form the Orenda Duo and two-thirds of the Jenny Wilson Jazz Trio, a group that has performed at MAC, around West Virginia and beyond. The Orenda Duo will perform following the Opening Reception on December 2nd.

Original music is the primary focus of the Orenda Duo and the Jenny Wilson Trio.  With the addition of jazz standards, contemporary and familiar, as well as unique arrangements of popular song, they perform a program that appeals to a wide audience. 

The sound of the duo and trio is influenced by traditional jazz, Appalachian folk music and classical music. Not often heard as a melodic instrument, Nathan Wilson utilizes the singing quality of the double bass.  Jenny’s vocals have been compared to those of Diana Krall and Norah Jones and Carole King.  Jenny’s piano style is highly influenced by modern jazz pianists and her classical training.  With the addition of drums and horns the duo can expand to a trio or quartet ensemble.  In a few words their music can be described as “subtle swing, lilting Latin, and cinematic original composition”. 

The Public Opening reception will commence on December 2 at 7 pm, with the Orenda Duo performance immediately following at 8:30 pm. MAC welcomes all community members, students, and all others to attend, enjoy some refreshments, artwork, and music at Morgantown’s home for the arts and culture. The exhibition will run through December 23, 2016. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.




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Bare Form

bare-form-card-frontMAC Goes Nude for November Exhibition

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will celebrate the human body this November with the return of Bare Form in the Benedum Gallery. This exhibition features pieces from all mediums created by a range of diverse artists.

The beauty of the body has inspired artists from the dawn of history yet remains an inextricable part of the human experience.  Our intimate familiarity with the human body bears the challenge to the artist, transforming that which is known into an expression of emotion.  MAC intends to capture that emotion with the return of Bare Form.

There will be a public opening reception on Friday, November 4 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, with ribbons presentation at 6:30 pm.  MAC encourages all locals and students alike to attend.  The exhibition will remain open through 4:00 pm November 19.  MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.

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Different Voices and Common Experiences

Different Voices Poster FINAL

New Exhibition at MAC Promotes Mental Health Awareness

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will usher in the return of Different Voices and Common Experiences this Friday, August 5, at 6pm with a public opening reception. The exhibition will be located in the Benedum Gallery until August 27, 2016. Different Voices and Common Experiences is presented by the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. It is supported in part by funds from the Morgantown Knights of Columbus and private donors. Additional support is provided by community members.

This exhibition has been assembled with the intention of both showcasing the talent of such a unique and diverse segment of our population, and also promoting awareness within our region of the effects of mental illness. MAC director, Ro Brooks says “MAC is delighted to once again showcase the work of artists who have been touched by mental health issues. This annual exhibition has consistently been well received by gallery visitors. With each exhibit, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the artwork and the public positive reaction. I am confident that this year’s showing will also surprise and delight viewers!”

Information was sent to a variety of local and state agencies, mailing lists and Facebook groups, as well as advertised on NWVCIL’s social media pages and website. Submissions were accepted on a first come first served basis. All participants have been affected by mental health issues, either personally or through close friends and family members. Paulette Southerly from NWVCIL coordinated this exhibit. “I’m so pleased to be able to continue the Different Voices and Common Experiences art show,” says Southerly. “This year has seen an overwhelming response from the community, and I believe that reinforces the importance of this shows message: mental health awareness, community wellness, and inclusivity. Every artist has a story to tell, and I’m excited to be a part of something that is so important and so deeply personal to so many individuals.”

The artists also find this experience to be therapeutic for them. Heather Coleman, an artist who contributed the exhibition’s promotional piece, lived as the daughter of someone with paranoid schizophrenia, who ultimately committed suicide. Coleman says she “values the lives and experiences of those who suffer with and alongside of loved ones with unique struggles,” and that Different Voices Common Experiences “offers a positive expressive outlet for artists who know first-hand the challenges of acclimating to a norm that ignores mental health issues.” Another artist, Sarah Normant lives with anxiety. She describes this exhibition as “a way for me to cope with these issues and anxiety. It’s important for me to be granted the opportunity to show others the outcome of healthy mental coping mechanisms by displaying my artwork in the D.V.C.E. exhibit.”

MAC invites the public to attend this magnificent event and welcomes donations to support those who live with mental health disorders. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquires should be directed to or 304-292-3325.


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Fred Hartman

Fred HartmanMAC to Unveil Patriotic July Exhibition

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will be unveiling a patriotic exhibition on Friday, July 8, 2016 with an Opening Reception from 6pm to 8pm. This exhibition will feature the historic 1940’s comic series, Fred Hartman, in its first-ever public debut. This comic series was written between 1942 and 1946 by West Virginia native and military veteran Gregory Van Camp. The comic series chronicles military life during WWII.

Gregory Van Camp was better known for his career in Broadcasting and Public Relations. After his outstanding tour of duty in the US Army during Japanese reconstruction, he attended WVU to earn an AB in Speech and a Masters in Journalism (he would later receive post-grad credit at Stanford). He started his broadcasting career on WWVA radio in Wheeling, moving into TV with WTRF in Wheeling, WTAE in Pittsburgh, and eventually Van Camp would found WWVU (now WNPB) in Morgantown. His resume does not stop there: he taught Journalism at WVU, was their PR director, and was the program manager for the Morgantown, WV Chamber of Commerce “Vision 2020” project. He sat on the board of directors of several Morgantown organizations, earned the WVU Vandalia Award, is included in the West Virginia Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, and was named a “Distinguished West Virginian” by Joe Manchin. Indeed, Van Camp was not a stereotypical comic artist.

Van Camp’s wife, Deanie, described him as “outgoing, genial, motivated, patriotic and a lover of West Virginia”. Deanie also described him as “always interested in art, storytelling, and comic books”, although she says that Van Camp never again pursued it. Deanie says that Van Camp’s Fred Hartman comic series was merely a personal project, and that it was never shown publicly. What was once a Triadelphia High School student’s hobby becomes available to the public for the first time at MAC. The exhibition will run until 4 pm, July 30.

MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquires should be directed to or 304-292-3325.

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