Archive for January, 2014


The Dog Show


This past week the Nutting Gallery at West Liberty University opened the annual Art Faculty Exhibition. This exhibition is one I have always felt privileged to be a part of ever since I began teaching at WLU. This year’s exhibition runs January 22 through February 13, 2014. Art faculty members exhibiting are Sarah Davis, Brian Fencl, James Haizlett, Martyna Matusiak, Moon Jung Kang, Nancy Tirone, Lambros Tsuhlares, Neal Warren, and myself, Robert Villamagna.
Each year the Art Faculty Exhibition features a theme and this year the art faculty selected the theme of “dogs”. The dictionary defines dog as a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice. The works in The Dog Show cover a wide range of media including drawing, painting, mixed media, digital, construction, printmaking, photography, and installation. The art faculty worked their fingers to the bone in preparing for this exhibition, and it has proven to be a doggone good show that is worth barking about.
Having a new theme for the exhibition each year does a number of things. It brings a freshness to the annual exhibition, it challenges the members of the art faculty, and it shows students how a diverse group of artists each approach a single problem or idea, each in their own unique way and in a variety of media. Below, I have attached a series of photographs of the exhibition and opening reception. For additional information about The Dog Show or other exhibitions at the Nutting Gallery, you may contact me, Robert Villamagna at 304-336-8370 or at