West Virginia’s 10 Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

Vincent JS Wood

West Virginia isn’t exactly known for its burgeoning art scene, but those who look closely will discover a number of intriguing galleries loyal to the state’s native artists and unique cultural identity. Here are our picks for the top art galleries in the Mountain State.

Birke Art Gallery

As part of the Marshall University School of Arts and Design, Birke Art Gallery acts as a vital resource for the students studying at the university. The gallery offers an opportunity for students to exhibit work while serving as a hub for contemporary art in which locals can interact with the work of up-and-coming artists. Annual exhibitions for students and graduates showcase the best new work to a wide audience comprised of other students, faculty and the broader community. Marshall University have also recently opened a new gallery, the Visual Arts Center, found in downtown Huntington. Situated in a stunningly renovated turn of the 20th Century building the site aims to bridge the gap between the city’s historical past and the future of the University and it’s pupils.
The Birke Art Gallery, School of Art and Design, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, West Virginia, 25755, United States +1 304-696-2296
The Visual Arts Center, 927 Third Avenue, Huntington, WV

1. The Art Store

Art Gallery, Store

The Art Store was established back in 1972 and has since demonstrated an unswervingly dedication to showing the best of local and national contemporary arts. Paintings, sculptures and prints are all on display with exhibitions changing regularly so as to provide collectors with a valuable selection of fresh works. Retrospectives to celebrate the shop are periodically held to celebrate the best artists to have passed through its doors.

2. Arabia’s Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Arabia’s Art Gallery is a community space that involves and educates the public in the artistic process. Owner Stephen Arabia is an art teacher of 35 years who brings his experience to aspiring and experienced artists alike through a series of classes and seminars. Works exhibited in the gallery include those by his students as well as a selection of paintings, pottery, woodcraft, carvings, baskets, and glassworks by over 150 artists. Classes are run year round on location to lend an air of inspiration to each individual.

3. Tamarack David L Dickirson Gallery

Restaurant, American

Tamarack David L. Dickirson Gallery is a fine arts gallery that shows the best works from throughout the state of West Virginia. Dedicated to the art of state residents, the gallery rotates its exhibitions every six to eight weeks so as to constantly refresh the exciting new work on display. Works are subjected to the scrutiny of a jury before being exhibited so as to maintain a display of the utmost quality and highest standard.

4. Zenclay

Store

Zenclay is a centre for the arts with exhibitions and classes for both adults and children dealing mostly in pottery and clay. The Galleries show some of the best local artwork that has been created both through and independently of Zenclay. Three distinct work/exhibition spaces —one for ceramics and sculpture, one for prints, painting and photography, and one uniting two and three dimensional works— comprise Zenclay to give appropriate space to the various forms of art produced and displayed here.

5. Harmony Ridge Gallery

Art Gallery, Shop

Celebrating the best in American art and handcrafts the Harmony Ridge Gallery started out life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the Harmony Isle Gallery before moving to Lewisburg in 2004. Ten years on it is still showing the best in jewellery, pottery, woodwork and painting from American artists, architects and designers. An in house coffee shop and bar allows customers to relax and enjoy a drink whilst perusing the art pieces on display.

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