Birke Artwork Gallery to shift downtown to Visual Arts Heart, host a grand re-opening celebration

Marshall University’s Faculty of Artwork and Style is relocating its Birke Artwork Gallery from Smith Hall to the Visible Arts Heart in downtown Huntington and is hosting a grand re-opening celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. It will take area at 927 Third Ave. and is no cost and open to all.

The Birke Art Gallery opened in 1977 and was the key gallery for the Faculty of Artwork and Layout till 2014, when the Visible Art Middle was opened in downtown Huntington. It was named for Helen Birke, an ardent supporter of the arts in West Virginia who served as director of the Huntington Galleries, a member of the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council, the Marshall Basis Board of Administrators, and founder and sponsor of the Birke Great Arts Symposium.

The Birke gallery will re-open in the area that became out there soon after the Brad D. Smith Company Incubator merged with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Innovation (iCenter), now positioned in the Lewis College of Business’s Corbly Corridor and quickly to be found in the Brad D. Smith Centre for Organization Innovation, which is under building.

The shift consolidates three galleries within just the Visible Artwork Middle and the College of Art and Style: the Birke Artwork Gallery, the Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery and the Scholar Gallery. The re-opening celebration will aspect the function of Faculty of Art and Style college students in all three galleries.

“When the shift was introduced, it energized the School of Art and Structure and strengthened our dedication as a cultural voice for Marshall University, Huntington, and the Tri-State area,” said Dr. Mark Zanter, interim director of the School of Art and Structure.

The to start with show on display screen in the new Birke Artwork Gallery place will be Foundations Assessment: Chosen College student Is effective, on watch Nov. 16 via Dec. 1. Individuals pupils who have accomplished the Foundations Evaluation method will screen the best examples of artwork made for the duration of this period of intense ability acquisition.  Guests to this exhibition will see a convergence of anything art college students find out to do. There will be ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, pictures, printmaking and almost everything in in between.

Foundations Overview: Chosen College student Functions will also include things like a reception for this show Nov. 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Awards will be introduced at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

“One of the exciting factors about this shift is that the new Birke Art Gallery has windows, large windows going through 3rd Avenue,” reported Jamie Platt, director of galleries for the Faculty of Art and Layout. “Passersby will at very last be able to glimpse from the street the vivid inventive atmosphere inside of the Visible Arts Centre. After they see it, they’re going to want to arrive in and see it up close, and they can!”

Gallery hrs are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday by means of Friday. Get in touch with 304-696-7929 for extra facts. For extra information and facts about the College of Art and Style and design, pay a visit to