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Several GSC Artists Featured in Buckhannon Art Exhibit

Three Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts students and two alumni were recently featured in an exhibit titled ‘The Importance of Dreams.’

The Artist Collective of West Virginia, the Blaxxsmith Shop in Buckhannon, West Virginia, and Alien Gold collaborated to hold the art exhibition.

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(L-R) Ezekiel Bonnett, Heather Coleman, Ryan Spangenberg, Sarah Normant,
Heather Chambers, Danielle Shepherd, and Christopher Cunningham at
‘The Importance of Dreams’ exhibit opening | Photo by Mike Normant

An opening reception took place on Friday, April 07 at the Blaxxsmith Shop.

GSC students Heather Chambers, Chris Cunningham, and Danielle Shepherd, GSC alumni Sarah Normant and Ezekiel Bonnett, and GSC Academic Support Center employee Heather Coleman all had work showcased in the exhibit.

In preparing for the show, the students learned more about being ‘gallery ready’ with their work in addition to networking, communication with clients, sales and commission, how to create business cards, how to sell their work and show professionally, and the communication process with gallery owners. Coleman said, “The students had a very enriching educational experience at this gallery.”

Each student had two pieces in the show including oil paintings, collage, ceramics, and glass sculpture. GSC Assistant Professor of Art Chris Cosner is a member of the Artist Collective.

The exhibition was on display Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Crutchfield Selected for Barr Professional Development Award

Glenville State College Public Relations Specialist Dustin Crutchfield has been selected to receive the 2017 Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award. The award is rotated annually between GSC faculty and staff and must be used within eighteen months of being awarded. The award is designed primarily for the recipient to further their professional growth, although the awardee can use the money to further their particular area of interest in lieu of traditional professional development activities. Crutchfield has used the funds to purchase assorted recording equipment in order to make online and social media video content.

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GSC Public Relations Specialist Dustin Crutchfield with some of the equipment purchased with the Barr Professional Development Award

“Video has been and continues to be a popular format to share information online. Outside research has shown it to be an effective way to communicate with a variety of groups, especially younger audiences like potential students,” Crutchfield said. “My intent when applying for the award was to acquire some compact, easy-to-use equipment and software that would allow us to be a little more agile with our online content; something that would allow us to go from idea to output a bit more seamlessly, especially for brief messages.”

The addition of the equipment will mark the first time that the Marketing and Public Relations office will be generating their own video content. “I’m hoping that we can work to slowly begin integrating more video content into our everyday communications to both current and prospective students, alumni, the general public, and others,” he said. Crutchfield says he expects a learning curve and looks forward to working with some experts on campus to acquire new skills.

“I was pleased and surprised to learn that my proposal had been selected. The goal is to live up to the high standards set by the eight previous recipients in their professional development efforts to assist the campus. I extend my thanks to the Barrs’ for funding the award and to the numerous well-wishers who have congratulated me since hearing of the award decision,” said Crutchfield.

Crutchfield graduated from Glenville State College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in marketing in 2009. He is currently in the process of completing a master’s degree from the West Virginia University Reed College of Media. He is a Burnsville, West Virginia native.

Previous recipients of the Barr Award have included: GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Sawyer (2010), Administrative Secretary for the GSC Athletic Department and Title IX Coordinator/Senior Women’s Administrator Amanda Frymier (2011), Associate Professor of Business Cheryl Fleming McKinney, CPA (2012), Registrar’s Office Certification Analyst Denise Ellyson (2013), Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Megan Gibbons (2014), GSC’s Sports Medicine Staff (2015), and Professor Dennis Wemm (2016).

The next Barr Award will be presented in January 2018 to a selected faculty applicant. A committee comprised of two faculty members and two staff representatives reviews all applications and selects the awardee.

For more information about the Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award, contact Vice President for College Advancement and Executive Director of GSC Foundation and Chairman of the Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award Selection Committee Denny Pounds at or 304.462.6381.

Bonnett to Hold Senior Art Show at GSC

Glenville State College senior studio art and graphics and digital media major Ezekiel Bonnett from Cox’s Mills, West Virginia is presenting his senior art show. The show, titled ‘Because Humans,’ will be on display until Friday, December 09. A reception will be held on Thursday, December 01 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

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“Shark Toaster” by Zeke Bonnett

Bonnett describes the pieces in his exhibit as simplistic and abstract. He says the focus on the ideas, emotions, and expression in his artwork is more than art for art’s sake. Most of his mediums are traditional, the majority being metalwork and mixed media. Exploration of duality and the human condition, often featured in his works, mostly express concerns about psychology and philosophy.

The GSC gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and one hour before all Fine Arts Department musical performances.

For more information, call the Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

WVDEP Accepting Photo Entries for Roadsides in Bloom Calendar

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is accepting photo entries to appear in the 2017 edition of the Operation Wildflower “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar. The deadline to enter photos in the contest is October 01, 2016. The contest is a joint project of the WVDEP and West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT).

There are several requirements that must be met for the entry to be accepted. 

        - Photographs must be taken in West Virginia. 

        - Entries must be submitted as 8"x10” color prints and must be landscape orientation (portrait orientation will not be accepted). Each entry must also include a digital copy on a CD, DVD or flash drive submitted with the color print. 

        - Flowers must be growing along a road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. The flowers may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the WVDOT’s Division of Highways staff. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc., do not qualify. 

        - Name, address, phone number and e-mail address (if applicable) of entrant and a short description of the photo, including location and county where photo was taken, must appear in the upper left hand corner on the back of the photo. Photos become property of the WVDEP and will not be returned. 

        - No more than three entries per person will be accepted. However, only one winning photo will be selected from any photographer’s entries. 
        - 12 winners will be selected to represent the months of the year. A grand prize winner will be chosen to appear on the calendar cover.

To see the 2016 Roadsides in Bloom calendar, click here:

Entries for the 2017 calendar contest should be mailed to:

WV Operation Wildflower
Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection/REAP
601 57th Street, S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304

For more DEP news and information, go to Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan), West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.


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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a $697,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for West Virginia nonprofit and art organizations. The funding will be used to preserve the Mountain State’s cultural heritage and expand opportunities for residents to experience and participate in the arts.

“As West Virginians, we take pride in our rich, cultural heritage and this funding from the NEA will help preserve our unique history and traditions,” Senator Manchin said. “These resources will go towards exposing our kids to traditional music and the arts and give them the opportunity to be creative in different ways while expressing themselves.”

“West Virginia is rich with history and culture, and I believe it is important to keep our state’s creative spirit and proud traditions alive,” said Senator Capito. “This funding will support projects that encourage community engagement and educational opportunities for our students. I applaud the award recipients for their commitment to strengthening our communities through the arts.”

Established in 1965, NEA has funded programs that support arts education, sustains and celebrates our nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and promotes equal access to the arts in every community across America. For Fiscal Year 2016, NEA will make 1,148 awards totaling $82,357,050 to nonprofit art and design organizations in all 50 states plus five U.S. jurisdictions.

Individual awards and details are listed below:

    •  $667,600 – West Virginia Division of Culture and History: Funding will be awarded to the Commission on the Arts (WVCA) to support programs and events that promote creative expression and art appreciation for the benefit of West Virginia citizens and visitors.

    •  $20,000 –West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Inc.: Funding will be used to support a statewide touring and community engagement project. The orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Grant Cooper, will introduce orchestral and chamber music to new audiences throughout West Virginia, as well as present educational programming in schools. Programming may include Young People’s Concerts and The Sounds of West Virginia, which will feature commissioned works by West Virginia composers like Charleston native Matthew Jackfert. Concerts and events will be presented in rural and small towns in West Virginia, such as Beckley, Elkins, Fairmont, Hinton, Lewisburg, Parkersburg, Summersville and Morgantown.

    •  $10,000 –Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc.: Funding will be used to support a regional performance tour with related educational outreach programs. The orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Andre Raphel, will present a Young People’s Concert program in venues across West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In collaboration with guest artist ensemble Classical Kids Live!, programming will feature an innovative program, such as “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,“ that engages listeners to explore music through dramatic artistry. The project will include teacher workshops and pre-concert instruction for elementary school children.

West Virginia Spotlights Student Talent in Annual Arts Alive Celebration

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CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) tenth annual Arts Alive celebration is Friday, April 22 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. This distinctive arts event showcases outstanding arts education programs and student achievements from across the state including works in dance, theatre, music and visual art.

Arts Alive aims to support developing and establishing arts programs in public schools throughout West Virginia, to inspire local education systems to embrace the arts as an essential part of every child’s education, and to empower the broader learning community to be advocates for comprehensive arts education in public schools.

The tenth year of Arts Alive brings with it the continuation of free master classes provided to students on the day of the event. The young artists featured in Arts Alive will have the opportunity to take classes with West Virginia arts professionals, who are donating their time and expertise to advance the educational mission and focus of Arts Alive.

“This year, we are exhibiting more students and providing opportunities for students to work with master arts professionals in continuing to promote the arts and expand interdisciplinary partnerships throughout the state,” said WVDE Arts Alive Coordinator Dr. Raymond Lowther. “It is inspiring that we are still choosing to focus on and showcase the work of students in these areas.”

The Art Exhibit will open at 6:00 p.m. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. and main stage performance at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public but assigned seating is required. For tickets, call the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570.

Murphy to Hold Senior Art Show at GSC

GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College senior studio art major Quentin Murphy from Grantsville, West Virginia is getting ready for his senior art show.

The show, titled ‘Larger Than Life,’ will be on display until Friday, May 7th. His exhibit features original photography, drawings, and paintings.

The exhibition will begin with an opening reception on Monday, April 04 from 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

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“Art is life; it begins with the creative process of finding yourself. At that moment, thatis when you realize your potential of making your life and everyone’s life around youone worth living. That defines art. It becomes Larger Than Life,” said Murphy.

The GSC gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and one hour before all Fine Arts Department musical performances.

For more information contact Associate Professor of Art John Selburg at or call 304.462.6346.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County CEOS Holiday House

Gilmer County CEOS Holiday House on December 04, 2015

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Ornament features gingerbread man and holiday candies

CHARLESTON, WV - First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today unveiled the 2015 West Virginia Governor’s Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament, the sixth in the series of her annual holiday ornament collection. Keeping with West Virginia tradition, the 2015 holiday ornament was painted by Logan native and Alum Creek resident artist Shelley Goodman, and features a jolly gingerbread man and sparkling holiday candies.

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First Lady Tomblin and artist Shelley Goodman show off
the 2015 Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament.

“It is always a wonderful experience collaborating with Shelley and the Division of Culture and History to choose what will be featured each year,“ First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin said.  “No confection symbolizes the holidays quite like gingerbread, and Shelley’s detailed painting style really brings it to life.  We are honored that she continues to share her talent with us and the citizens of the Mountain State.“

Goodman uses enamel paints to create detailed nature and floral paintings. Although her artistic touch is most often found in kitchenware, she enjoys the challenge of designing the Governor’s Mansion holiday ornaments each year.

Her works, titled “Designs by Shelley,“ are sold at Tamarack in Beckley and at a number of West Virginia’s fairs and festivals across the state.  Goodman also designed the 2010 Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament featuring the Cardinal, the 2011 ornament featuring the Rhododendron, the 2012 ornament featuring the Black Bear and Honey Bee, the 2013 ornament featuring Sugar Maple leaves and Monarch butterfly and last year’s ornament featuring white Poinsettia leaves and Holly berries. Goodman also designed the official West Virginia Sesquicentennial ornament.

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The 2015 limited-edition Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament features
a gingerbread man, peppermint lollipop and gumdrop candies.

Funding support for the 2015 Governor’s Mansion ornament was partially provided by a grant from The Tamarack Foundation. In addition, Dunbar artist Steve Cassle’s drawing of the Governor’s Mansion is featured on the ornament card.

This year’s ornament is available for purchase at the West Virginia State Museum Shop at the Culture Center in Charleston, at Tamarack in Beckley, or online at for $24. A portion of each sale will be donated to the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion Preservation Fund to help preserve the mansion for future generations to enjoy.

G-LtE™: Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

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      As artists, crafts people, business people, and taxpayers, I believe you will be SIGNIFICANTLY CONCERNED about this.  I have recently learned that the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair Board of Directors will be VOTING OCTOBER 21, 2015 to END the tradition of the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair in July.

      Many of us have a vested interest in the success of the MSACF and realize that it has suffered from declining attendance and budgetary woes.  There are many contributing factors to this decline of “The Fair”.  None of us can deny that the marketing of art & craft work has changed in recent years and we recognize that some changes have to be made to make “The Fair” profitable again.  Rather than make some changes to revitalize the 51 year tradition of “The Fair”, a decision has been made to discard everything and ‘start a new festival in September’ with a new name.

      I do not want to implicate or accuse any one of any wrong-doing.  I only seek to share concerns and information so that YOU CAN TAKE ACTION based on YOUR OPINIONS.  Some areas of concern for me:

•  The MSACF receives a notable amount of TAXPAYER funding through support/sponsorship of various WV State agencies.  The money from those agencies is for the MSACF, and I would suggest that it is NOT LEGAL to simply redirect those funds without action from each of those agencies and possibly from the WV Legislature.

•  The president and a small number of the board of directors have made these plans in NON-PUBLIC meetings and presented their plan to the full board of directors indicating “this is what we’ll vote on next meeting” and “let us know if you have a problem with this”.  I maintain that ALL decisions for “The Fair” should be discussed, debated and decided in an OPEN, PUBLIC FORUM….no back room meetings and behind the scenes schemes

•  There is a required PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD for people to voice concerns and offer alternate solutions.  However, this time line is being fast-tracked to avoid controversy of what will, undoubtedly, be a controversial issue.

•  The dates for the 2016 MSACF have already been published and promoted.  People will show up for an event that will not be occurring….those folks may have spent their entire vacation budget to “come home” to WV for a long-standing tradition.

•  ARTS and CRAFTS will be a small portion of the focus of the new September festival, with focus on ethnic “Villages” , antiques, craft beer tasting, wine tasting and a Mini-Epcot Center.  ART will be a ‘side-line’.

•  One of the main missions of the WV Art & Craft Guild has been to promote & support the MSACF, yet the WVACG has been virtually shut out from any discussions about the future of “The Fair”.

•  Emphasis on High Quality ART & CRAFT work has been discarded

      Overall, it seems to me that the tradition of ART & CRAFT in WV is being tossed aside and the funds which are intended by our citizens to be used to support and promote the ARTS & CRAFTS for our future generations are being used in a way which concerns me.

      IF THE FUTURE OF the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair is important to you, PLEASE contact the commissioner or directors of those sponsoring agencies, and contact Governor Tomblin, and remember….THE MEETING IS AN OPEN, PUBLIC MEETING.  10:00 A.M.  October 21, 2015 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley, WV

Sponsoring agencies’ directors are listed at the following website:

Kenneth D. Westfall, Treasurer
West Virginia Art & Craft Guild

Opening Reception for Ceramics Exhibit is October 15 at GSC - Today

GLENVILLE, WV - The community is invited to attend an Opening Reception for ‘Magic Tricks’ the Ceramics Exhibit by Jacob Grant and Jacob Miller on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Glenville State College Fine Arts Center Gallery.

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Jacob Grant and Jacob Miller will bring their ceramics show ‘Magic Tricks’ to Glenville State College;
an opening reception is planned for Thursday, October 15

Grant has an MFA in Ceramics from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and he owns Wheel Art Pottery Studio in Peoria. Miller has his BFA from Alfred University in Ceramics.

If you miss the opening reception, don’t worry. The show will be on display until Friday, November 20 and the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and one hour before all Fine Arts Department musical performances.

For more information call 304.462.6340.

GSC Graduate to Display Artwork during Homecoming Week

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GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College alumnus Joseph Pettit will be presenting several of his oil paintings in front of the Robert F. Kidd Library on Friday, September 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. as part of this year’s Homecoming Week festivities.

Before graduating from GSC in 1976, Pettit spent two years in the United States Army. He then taught school for 10 years, worked 25 years in the saw mill industry, and is now retired. He is a native of Braxton County, West Virginia and resides in Sutton.

Again this year, he is providing one original painting for a drawing. Everyone is welcome to stop by the library, view the paintings, and enter their name in the drawing which will be held at 3:45 p.m.

In the event of adverse weather, his artwork will be on display inside the RFK Library on first floor.

Governor Tomblin Announces more than $760,000 in Arts Grant Awards

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CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

“Our state is filled with a rich history and a robust artistic culture,” Governor Tomblin said. “The arts not only connect us to our past, but also to our family, friends and the communities we call home. It is my hope this grant funding will allow today’s recipients to continue their efforts to strengthen and build West Virginia’s arts community now and for years to come.”

The total grant funding was allocated as follows:

    •  $497,067 in Arts Partners Grant Funds, 12 grantees;

    •  $40,000 in Challenge America Grant Funds, 4 grantees;

    •  $205,977 in Community Arts Project Support Grant Funds, 22 grantees.

The American Masterpiece grant provides funding to support access to and deeper experiences of American masterpieces and works of American masters. Funding was awarded to the following American Masterpiece recipients:

Greenbrier Valley Repertory Theatre

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences Charleston
The Arts Partners grant provides general operating support to long-standing, stable art organizations. Funding was awarded to the following Arts Partners recipients:

Huntington Museum of Art

Carnegie Hall
Greenbrier Repertory Theatre Company

Charleston Ballet
Clay Center for Arts & Sciences
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
$56, 975

Morgan Arts Council

Oglebay Institute
Wheeling Symphony Society Inc.

Randolph County Community Arts

Parkersburg Arts Center

The Challenge America grant provides funding for innovative projects that provide arts education to community members, expand or improve access to art experiences, use the arts as a catalyst for change, address cultural tourism and celebrate the unique characteristics of the arts in West Virginia, or create strong communities through the arts. Funding was awarded to the following Challenge America recipients:

Carnegie Hall

CraftWorks at Cool Spring

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Wheeling Symphony Society

The Community Arts grant provides funds that support for projects that offer arts programming to the public and planning and organizational development projects that strengthen West Virginia arts organizations. Funding was awarded to the following Community Arts recipients:

Trillium Collective LTD
WV Arts Presenters Inc.

Contemporary American Theater Festival

Charleston Chamber Music Society
Charleston West Side Main Street Inc.
Friends of the Alban Arts & Conference Center
Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD
Unity of Kanawha Valley

Fairmont Chamber Music Society
Fairmont State University

Charles T. Chuck Mathena II Foundation Inc.

Highland Arts Unlimited Inc.

Tug Valley Arts Council Inc.

Golden Horseshoe Inc.

Morgan Arts Council

Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation

WV Professional Dance Company
Youth Museum of Southern WV

Augusta Heritage Center

ArtsLink Inc.

Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society
WVU at Parkersburg, Parkersburg

GSC Graphic Design Students Complete Project for NASA IV&V Facility

GLENVILLE, WV - Students in the Fine Arts Department at Glenville State College recently completed an eye-catching new display to use during career fairs, conferences, and meetings for the staff of NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia.

“NASA contacted us in early October last year with a general request for the graphics. Seeing this as a tremendous learning opportunity for the students, we took on the challenge for the Intermediate Art and Design Class. NASA accepted and we provided them with a small brief on how the process works for design. NASA then gathered all the relevant ideas and wording needed for us to begin,“ explained GSC Assistant Professor of Art Chris Cosner.

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Senior Ryan Singleton (left) and Justin Smith (right) from NASA’s IV&V facility with
the display created by students in GSC’s Graphics and Digital Media program

The GSC graphic artists took part in the student design activity which was introduced by Justin Smith from NASA’s facility. The students were given a lot of latitude with the creative look for the display and were only given an approximate size and some marketing guidelines to observe in their process. Throughout the end of the fall semester, the class produced three draft designs and submitted them. With some fine-tuning and input from NASA staffers, the end result took shape.

“We wanted something that would express NASA’s well-established brand while having the ability to attract their audience by standing out among other displays. The students researched NASA’s extensive library of images and working closely with NASA’s Style Guide, we were able to start bringing the design together. The students learned the entire process of working with a real client from start to finish and shared in the success of the project which will add a valuable piece to their portfolio when seeking employment after college,“ continued Cosner.

“I’m happy to have been a part of the group that prepared this display for NASA. We were all really interested after Professor Cosner shared the idea with us and we researched the NASA website and some of their photo galleries to narrow down our ideas. It’s great to see how nicely the finished project turned out,“ said Ryan Singleton, a senior art major who took part in preparing the graphic.

NASA’s Smith recently brought the completed display, along with a commemorative plaque featuring the artwork that the students designed, to GSC so that the class could see how it turned out. They called it a “win-win situation for both groups involved” and said that they were very appreciative of how interested the Glenville State College student designers were in the project. The plaque is now on display in the GSC Fine Arts Center.

Cosner says that the graphics and digital media concentration often gets several design requests similar to this one throughout the semester and, if time and lessons permit, they try to incorporate them into the class. “The Graphics and Digital Media Concentration is now in its third year at GSC and the students have gained the knowledge and confidence to tackle these types of projects. As our enrollment, space, and equipment continues to improve, we hope there will be even more time for community engagement and real-world projects including the use of our brand-new 3D printer,“ said Cosner.

The art program at Glenville State College includes both traditional studio art and digital media as areas of study.

For more information about the programs, contact Cosner at or 304.462.6349.

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