The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue this season’s Collegiate Series with an “Artist’s Dialogue” lecture by Erika Osborne, assistant professor in the division of art at West Virginia University (WVU) on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. The talk will take place in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The Collegiate Series is free and the public is invited to attend.
The lecture will focus on Osborne’s multi-media work as an artist who addresses issues of environment and place. She also will discuss individual and cultural connections to her work.
Osborne received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her master of fine arts from the University of New Mexico. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, locally and nationally. Her work has been highlighted in regional publications along with national art magazines such as Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.
In addition to being a practicing artist, Osborne teaches painting and drawing and is currently developing two field-based art courses that will be centered around the environment.
Osborne received the Juror’s Award in the Transitions exhibition in Albuquerque, N.M. She has curated several art shows including the Oasis Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Land Arts of the American West for the John Summers Gallery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque to name a few.
In addition to WVU, Osborne has taught at the University of New Mexico, the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, the Yangrima School in Sermathang, Nepal, and the Petersen Art Center in Salt Lake City to name a few.
For more information about the “Artist’s Dialogue” lecture or the Collegiate Series, contact Jacqueline Proctor, deputy commissioner for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, or call (304) 558-0162 in the evenings.
The Collegiate Series consists of performances and lectures by students and faculty from colleges and universities across the state. First Lady Gayle Manchin hosts the program.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.