CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Five months into their fiscal year, the Clay Center Board of Directors learned Thursday from treasurer Chuck Avampato that the organization is "pretty well on track." He credited President Judy Wellington and her staff for making good budgetary choices.
Statements distributed to the members showed that investment fund performance for the quarter was positive. The total fund was valued at $38.8 million. The fund was up 5.47 percent against a policy index of 3.78 percent for the quarter ending Sept. 30.
John Strickland presented an acquisition proposal to the board for Ethan Murrow's 48-inch by 48-inch graphite pencil on paper work titled "O' Pioneers!" The artist created the piece specifically for the "Positions of Power, Land View" exhibit at the Clay Center, which is open through Jan. 5.
Stricker said the Murrow show is popular and the art "would serve as an archival reminder of the exhibition. It is a favorite of those who have seen the exhibit. The piece is a fine example of the artist's ideas, themes and process."
The motion to make the acquisition was approved after discussion with Arif Khan, the Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art. He explained that the work would be used in a variety of future permanent collection exhibitions.
Wellington said the center "is off to a phenomenal start this season with ticket sales. The performances have been phenomenal as well. Art gallery admissions are above projections, and school attendance and art programs have been extremely well attended, too.
"Several school groups came to see Ethan Murrow. He was extremely gracious taking time to talk to students and the press," Wellington said, noting that the collaboration with the West Virginia Film Festival in showing Murrow's short film "Dust" in October was also a success.
Wellington described maintenance issues with lighting and plumbing. She said that from Jan. 6 through Feb. 15, 2014, the art gallery would be closed for the installation of LED lighting. She said it was superior lighting for artwork and reduces energy consumption, maintenance costs and waste.
On Feb. 15, two new exhibits will open in the art gallery: "Every Living Thing: A Closer Look at Nature" and "Gallery Divided II," showcasing the art of West Virginia University and Marshall University's art faculty.