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Mesaros Galleries

Fall 2022

Jun Lee Exhibition (Printmaking)

Paul Mesaros Gallery

Exhibit: September 1 – 29, 2022

Lecture: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 5:00pm: Bloch Hall (Lecture & Reception)


Jun Lee’s body of woodcut attempts to evoke the different moments of our daily competitive lives through animal imagery as a metaphor for these struggles we all face; pieces that express the spectrum of competition from hiding away to preparing for a fight. Jun will discuss the relations between her print work and her obsession with competitive natures of animals and their meanings in cultural backgrounds.


Stream Jun Lee Artist Lecture September 1 at 5pm

Zora J Murff: At No Point In Between (Photography)

Laura Mesaros Gallery

Exhibit: September 1 – 29, 2022

Lecture – Looking As A Radical Act: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 5:00pm, Bloch Hall (Lecture & Reception)

In "Looking As A Radical Act," artist Zora J Murff will discuss the history and evolution of American anti-Blackness and how phenomena like black codes, spectacle lynching, government-endorsed segregation, mass incarceration, state-sanctioned police murder, and socioeconomic disenfranchisement are all tied to the practice of chattel slavery. Throughout this violent history, individuals have employed the camera and image-making as a tool for social and political liberation. Murff will also explore the importance of intention to photographic seeing and how he continues this tradition in his own artistic practice.


The camera footage of the murder of Laquan McDonald incited a personal obsession with the nuanced relationship of identity politics and imagery. Primarily, At No Point In Between stands as a discursive narrative on the evolution and perpetuation of anti-Black violence. The works are assembled to create a disjointed time-experience, carrying the viewer through a history of white police murdering Black people, spectacle lynchings of Black people by white mobs, redlining endorsed by the federal government, and Black lives persisting throughout. Murff presents complicated connections between images and contexts to, “plot and give figurative shape to formless threats whose fatal repercussions are dispersed across space and time.” The work challenges the ways we choose to collectively believe in and, therefore, empower images. It highlights how social policy can be identified in physical phenomena. It re-writes complex American narratives about race, power, and violence outside of conventional understanding white gaze.

Stream Zora Murff Artist Lecture September 29 at 5pm

Marie Watt

Lecture: September 21 at 5pm in Bloch Hall, CCAC

(Lecture ONLY)

Stream Marie Watt Artist Lecture September 21 at 5pm

WVU Faculty Exhibition

Laura and Paul Mesaros Gallery

Exhibit: October 13 – November 10, 2022

Gallery Talk: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 5:00pm, Bloch Hall (Gallery Talk Reception)


An exhibition of work by WVU School of Art and Design Faculty.

MFA Exhibition: Shuhan Liu (Ceramics)

Exhibit: November 28 – December 8

Paul Mesaros Gallery

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Exhibit: December 1, 2022 – March 2, 2023

Laura Mesaros Gallery

Reception: Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm: CCAC Lobby (Reception ONLY)


The Annual Juried Student Exhibition is open to undergraduate and graduate art majors and minors currently enrolled in the WVU School of Art and Design.

Marie T. Cochran – Testify, Beyond Place

Paul Mesaros Gallery  

Exhibit: January 26 – March 2, 2023  

Lecture: Thursday, February 16, 5:00 p.m., Bloch Hall

Reception: Thursday, February 16, 6:00 p.m., CCAC Lobby

Deem Distinguished Lecture

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 5:00pm, Bloch Hall (Lecture & Reception)


A self-proclaimed “cultural pollinator”; Marie T. Cochran was born and raised in the Georgia Mountains. Cochran received degrees from the University of Georgia (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She is included in Southern Women: More than 100 Stories of Innovators, Artists, and Icons (Harper Collins 2019). She was the 2020-2022 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor, with Duke University’s the Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Department of American Studies. Cochran is the founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project which celebrates the intersection of cultures in Appalachia.


Stream the Deem Distinguished Lecture February 16th at 5pm

Mikey Burton (Graphic Design)

Lecture: Tuesday, February 28, 5 PM, Bloch Hall

Stream the Mikey Burton Artist Lecture February 28th at 5pm

2 MFA Exhibitions

March 20 – 23, 2023

Laura and Paul Mesaros Galleries

March 23 (Reception)

Thursday, March 23, 5:00pm: (Reception ONLY: 2 MFA Exhibitions)

2 MFA Exhibitions

March 27-30, 2023

Laura and Paul Mesaros Galleries

March 9 (Reception)

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 5:00pm (Reception ONLY: 2 MFA Exhibitions)

BFA Exhibition 

April 13 – May 12

Laura and Paul Mesaros Gallery

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 5:00pm: Reception: BFA Exhibition

Works on display are a culmination of coursework and explorations at West Virginia University by graduating BFA majors in studio art from the School of Art and Design. Participation in this exhibition is part of the requirement for their senior studio courses.  Scholarly emphasis in these courses is in advanced visual and design research development, peer and professional collaboration, and critical thinking.

This exhibition features student work in ceramics, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, painting, drawing, video, and animation. The opening reception for the Senior BFA Exhibition will take place on Thursday April 13 at 5 p.m., This reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.