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Students interested in the science behind art and its conservation will now be able to study at West Virginia University in the Bachelor of Arts in Technical Art History program, the first degree of its kind in the nation. .
“Technical art history is an exciting and relatively new interdisciplinary research field that brings together the humanities, science and art,” said Rhonda Reymond, associate professor of art history. “It incorporates the close study of a physical object using scientific methods with the humanities-based research of art history. These scientific techniques, or research into the internal structures of a work of art, give us new insights into historical artistic techniques of making and materials as well as changes to the artifact that have occurred over time.” .
More info can be found at the link in our bio!

What a wonderful day at the CAC! Congratulations to our graduates, we are so proud of you! 🎓

A musician in the School of Music will receive WVU’s highest student honor, the Order of Augusta.

Jacob Bumgarner, from Charleston, will graduate with a bachelor of music in piano performance. He has performed as a pianist in the WVU Steinway Campaign Concert, WVU Jazz Combos and WVU Symphony Orchestra, among several other performances.

He also volunteers his time to WVU Medicine Children’s PICU and as a pianist at The Village of Heritage Point.

Bumgarner had been an aspiring musician, however a life-changing hand injuring in 2017 inspired him to find a new career as a neuroscientist. A pianist-turned-neuroscientist, Bumgarner’s college career is marked by a blend of musical performances, self-employment, internship experience and undergraduate research.

He has also served as a student intern with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, a volunteer with the WVU Auditory Development and Connectomics Lab, an ambassador for the WVU College of Creative Arts, a tutor in the Music Theory Department, and a self-employed freelance accompanist and piano studio owner.

Yesterday, we hosted the CCA Faculty Award Reception. This year's winners are:
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Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award – Matthew Heap
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Outstanding Faculty Research/Creative Activity Award - George Willis
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Outstanding Faculty Service Award – Alan McEwen
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Faculty/Student Mentored Awards
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1st place – undergraduate
William Wrightstone “Odul”
Mary McClung – faculty mentor
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Honorable Mention – undergraduate
Olivia Richardson “But Still, Like Air, I Rise”
Joseph Lupo – faculty mentor
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1st place – graduate
Raymond Thompson “Appalachian Ghost”
Michael Sherwin – faculty mentor
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Honorable Mention – graduate
Stephanie Alaniz “Roses & Thorns”
Joseph Lupo – faculty mentor
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Congratulations to all of our winners!

The WVU Choirs will perform their Spring Concert at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature performances by all four WVU Choirs including Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, among others. Admission is free!

WVU Symphony Orchestra
The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra will make their first appearance ever at Lewisburg’s historic Carnegie Hall on April 17. .
WVUSO is comprised of WVU students studying a variety of majors in the university’s 14 colleges and schools. The ensemble will perform pieces by Antonín Dvořák, Frederick Delius and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Auditorium. Tickets are only five dollars and available for purchase at www.carnegiehallwv.com. .
“We are thrilled to be invited by Carnegie Hall to present these concerts,” said Mitchell Arnold, WVU director of orchestral studies. “To perform for the citizens of the Lewisburg area allows us share our music in southern West Virginia.” .
The following day, WVUSO will perform in two Link Up concerts, a program of Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall in New York City, which pairs orchestras across the country with students in grades 3–5 to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum.
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More than 500 students from Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties will participate in the Link Up concert where they will sing and play harp, recorder or violin with the WVU orchestra from their seats.

Students, make sure you join us in the lobby at noon tomorrow to celebrate the CAC's 50th birthday! 50 years of memories have taken place in this building, let's make some more!

Junior Catherine Dowd has been named this year's recipient of the Jon Hawkins Memorial Award through the International Horn Society! Catherine will receive a $1500 scholarship to cover costs to attend IHS51 - Moving Horns in Ghent, Belgium! Congrats, Catherine!

👀 here’s a sneak peek of what the ceramics students are creating for the CAC 50th Birthday Party! A limited number of these handcrafted mugs will be available for purchase on April 12!

During spring break, Mon Hills Records and music industry students spent time at the legendary Blackbird Studios, producing a recording project featuring West Virginia band, The New Relics.
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Numerous artists have recorded their projects at Blackbird Studio over the years, including Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alison Krauss, Avicii, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Buddy Guy, Carrie Underwood, Demi Lovato, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran and Faith Hill, among many others. Blackbird Studios is one of the top recording production facilities in the world and working there on a recording project has been an exceptionally valuable professional experience for the music industry students.

#wvuarthistory students experiencing Raúl de Nieves’ fabulous Fina exhibition @transformerstation in Cleveland. #raúldenieves #fina 📸: @wvuarthistory

The West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, the beloved home of WVU’s College of Creative Arts, is where thousands of creative students have earned their education, countless families have made memories at a show and regional and national performers have delighted their fans. The building, known to many as the CAC, turns 50 in April. To celebrate, WVU’s College of Creative Arts is hosting a birthday celebration for the building April 12 - 14. For more info, visit the link in our bio!

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