College employees featured in Art Center’s regional exhibition

Although school may be out for the summer, many Marietta College faculty and staff have been busy submitting art in the Parkersburg (W.Va.) Art Center 2010 Regional Exhibition.

The Exhibition, which runs until Aug. 1, has grown to 158 pieces of artwork, which is an increase by 50 from last year. This is the fourth year for the exhibition.

“The Regional Exhibit is a great show where it’s good to see all the different artists and it’s a great venue to support,” said Beth Nash, a lecturer in Marietta College’s Art Department. “I like supporting my local art center. It’s a jewel of the community that a lot of people don’t know about.”

Winners are chosen in four categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, photo/digital and the theme of the year. This year’s theme is “flight.” Each artist may submit up to two works. Participants must live within 70 miles of Parkersburg. Someone who is not from the area judges the art. This year’s judge is Dr. Alison Helm, head of the Fine Art Department at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Fred Jesser, an adjunct faculty at Marietta, received second place in the Flight Theme category with “The Greatest Search” diptych. Nash received first place in the two-dimensional category with “Snowstorm Self-Portrait,” and Bobby Rosenstock, an adjunct at Marietta, won Best in Show for his “Applause” block print.

Joe Davis, Andrew LaMoreaux and Jolene Powell—other faculty, staff and adjuncts—were also included in the exhibition. Also participating was Chuck Atkins, who manages the campus bookstore.

“We can always count on these artists for high quality work, and it is a rare year-in fact, I don’t believe it has ever happened—that one of them isn’t on the list for prizes,” said Abby Hayhurst, Parkersburg Art Center Director.